Saturday, March 31, 2012

Swiffer Duster Refill Pads

I saw this on Pinterest the other day and thought I can make these!  They are totally cute fleece refills for the Swiffer Duster.  They can be reused over and over because fleece can be washed when they are to dusty to use.

Mine aren't quiet as cute or perfect as the ones selling on Etsy but that's what gives them personality and they sure are handy.  Now you too can make them at home. Here are the easy directions I came up with.
Here's what you need:

Anti pill fleece, any color, at least 1/4 yard
sewing machine or you could hand stitch these too
sharp scissors
Swiffer Duster handle
old CD
straightedge ruler
1 piece cardstock 8-1/2" x 11

First I got a piece of 8-1/2" x 11" and made my template by using an old CD to make the half circle at the top and used a ruler to draw straight lines for the sides.  The template measures 7-1/4" (center) tip to end, 4-3/4" wide with the center slots being 4-1/2" high and 3/4" each (x2) wide.
 
Next, keeping the selvage (side with edge) sides lined up, fold the fleece so you have 4 pieces thick.  Place template on top of fleece and cut around the template.
 
Taking the top two pieces; keeping them together, sew together 1/4" from straight edge bottom.
Do this to the next two pieces also so that you have two pieces each.
 
Using a pencil and a straight edge ruler mark dots where the center sewing is going to start and end.
Then, stating at the straight edge end, sew up to the top dot on one of the sides then turn and sew across the top

 
then turn and come back down.  Now sew up the middle starting 1" up from the end to create two holes for the handle to slide into.
  
Test the handle to make sure it fits in to the slots before you cut the fringe.  Next make 1/2: cuts almost all the way to the stitching to make the fringe.  Be careful around the round edge, don't cut to close to the sides at an angle. 
 
                Tada!   Homemade Swiffer Refills!

If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to contact me.  I am not a professional seamstress and usually just wing it while sewing.  But these came out great!  

Enjoy!
~Hugs~
Michelle

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4 comments:

  1. Oh, what a great idea! I try not to spend *too* much time on Pinterest... I figure all the good bloggers will show off all the good stuff anyway. ;)

    Adrianne
    <a href="http://www.happyhourprojects.com>Happy Hour Projects</a>

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  2. This is auch a creative idea. I would love for you to linky up at my Linky Party via: http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/2012/04/show-me-what-you-got-linky-party-8.html to share this project with my readers.

    PS: I am your newest Linky Follower!

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  3. This is a great idea! Thanks for the great directions.

    Erin
    takingtimetocreate.blogspot.com

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  4. This is one of those things that we say, "Why didn't I think of that?" What a great tutorial, I'm going to try it.

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