… when I was at the store the other day … Anyway, when I was at the store the other day, I forgot to buy “Swiffer Duster refills”.
Well with two cats and a forest in the back yard, vacuuming and dusting is really important to us. Then again, staying home and limiting our trips out into crowded places is even more important to us! So for the past few months, I have only been out shopping once every couple of weeks. If I forget something, it just has to wait until the next trip. Sure I could use something else besides a Swiffer Duster, but I have the empty silly plastic holder now! Might as well put something on it!
Clever me … I found instructions for home made Swiffer Duster refill on-line! Perfect! Check out sewmuchado.com, the original poster, if you like. I’ve lost the actual link, as I only read it once or twice and then forgot all about it. So sorry!
I started with an old pair of yoga pants, knit fabric and soft. Really the only suitable thing I had at home. (Sorry it is black fabric, not very easy to photograph!)
I cut FOUR squares 7″ x 7″ and FOUR squares 4″ x 7″.
All stacked up they looked about the size of my dirty old Swiffer.
I stacked TWO squares of 4″ x 7″ on top of two squares of 7″ x 7″, in two different piles, and sewed them together with a seam line right down the centre.
Then I flipped one stack over and sewed the two stacks together on the same seam line.
I moved the 4″ top pieces to one side and marked a tunnel for the holder to go through.
Then I moved the 4″ top pieces to the other side and also marked a tunnel for the holder.
I pinned through the large 7″ pieces only and sewed along the seam line I had drawn, sewing through the large 7″ pieces only. This was done on both sides.
Then I trimmed each layer 1/2″ smaller than the layer below so that they were all staggered on both edges, both sides. Then I clipped each layer from the edge to the centre at 1/2″ intervals on all layers.
Washing and drying my “new” Swifter refill made it even softer – hopefully making it a better dust collector!
My verdict? This is the one that sewmuchado.com made.
This is the one that I made.
The flannel would have been a nicer choice, but I don’t have any. Also, mine doesn’t work because my holder has a third tiny leg which prevents me from sliding my home made Swiffer Duster refill on all the way. 🙁
I wonder if the Swiffer Company actually planned it like that! Back to the drawing board!