I like pretty much anything that is well packaged, cute, and convinces me it is handy; like a swiffer duster. Who doesn’t love the idea of easily dusting your house with a neat little fluffy cloth that catches virtually everything on shelves you don’t want to take the time to actually clean?
I wouldn’t in any way say that I’m thrifty. I love the idea of coupons, but rarely remember to use them. I do though like the idea of saving money in easy ways around the house whenever I can. As we are basically starting from scratch with this upcoming move (save bookshelves and holiday decorations), I’m trying to get started on the right foot in the realm of household goods, saving money wherever we can since I’ve heard the UK can be rather pricey.
Enter the self-named “reusable swiffer duster dusting cloth”. I wish this was original, but it’s not. There is a great tutorial here. Where my input enters is with some revisions to these very well laid out instructions:
1. Fabric Needed:
1/2 yard of fabric will give you enough fabric to make 2 dusting cloths with some scraps left over
I used baby flannel fabric that is often on sale at JoAnn’s – the fabric cost me $1.53 total
2. SIZING: (this is where I deviate from the otherwise perfect tutorial linked above)
2 7 x 7 pieces
2 5 x 7 pieces
2 4 x 7 pieces
2 2 x 7 pieces
If you follow these new sizing guidelines you won’t have to cut 1″ off of each side of each layer after the pieces are sewn together. This saves you fabric and time which both equal money. In fact, I think if I had done this with both of mine, I could have made 3 dusters out of my fabric.
When you sew the “pocket” for the swiffer handle to slide into, I didn’t like the fact that it could slide right out the top. I added a little stitch across the top on each side so the swiffer duster can’t come out the top. Works perfectly.
As a side note, because I’m a little anal about most things, I used my cutting board and my rotary cutter to cut the 1/2″ stripes at the end, instead of the scissors used in the tutorial. I could do 2 pieces of fabric at a time, and could make sure that each of the cuts was as close to 1/2″ inch as I could manage, which makes me feel more confident in the fact that I have completed this project successfully.
To see what everything looks like sewn together and then before and after it is cut into strips, here’s a handy picture.