Friday, January 20, 2012

"Green" Duster Covers

Personally, I’m not crazy about stuff, that’s used once, for cleaning, then, it’s thrown away. To me it is an extra expense, that isn’t necessary. I have had this Swifter handle for years, unused because I refuse to buy more disposable covers. Then I came across a picture on Pintrest, of a reusable cover someone has created to sale. If you don’t want to make your own, go here http://www.etsy.com/listing/56270051/washable-hand-duster-refill-for-swiffer to buy some from an Etsy shop. They would love your business. Anyway, I have a hard time buying something I can make myself, so here is my attempt to show you “How to Make “Green” Duster Covers”.
Supplies:
Anti pill fleece (your choice of color, I will use the blue I already have)
Paper
Marker
Paper scissors
Sewing scissors
Sewing machine
Thread
Here is a picture of the pattern I created with the dimensions I used. I still haven’t quite earned the computer skills to make some things easy, although those skills are slowly, but surely coming. Use your paper and pencil to recreate the pattern. Use the paper scissors to cut out the pattern.
Trace the outer most line of your pattern on your fleece with a marker.
Draw a straight line down the middle and then,
create the box which will be the place that the handle legs will reside. 
Put 4 layers of fleece on top of each other and
cut them all out (at the same time) with the sewing scissors.
Go to the sewing machine and sew down the middle of the 4 layers. Then sew around 3 if the four sides of the box, the two long sides and the short side at the rounded top. Trim away all your thread ends. Make it neat.
Cut off the bottom of the top layer. See if the legs of the handle will fit it the places made for them. They fit!!! Hurray!! If they don’t fit, sew new box lines, 1/8 – ¼ inch away from the ones you sewed first. Remove the thread from the first box, and try again! Very good.
Next you will cut flaps from the outer edge of the fleece up to the sewing line. Don’t cut through the sewing line. Cut these flaps about 1 inch apart. They will provide lots of surfaces upon which to capture dust. Wow! I think this will work. Shall we try it? 
It worked. We know fleece washes, so it is a “green” duster that can be used and then washed, time after time. Don’t use fabric softener, in the wash, we want the static electricity to help attract the dust to the duster. Enjoy. 

3 comments:

  1. "Dimensions" not "detentions" in the pattern making part would make more sense. Margaret in Florida

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  2. Brilliant! I don't have one, but now I could make one with just spare stuff around the house!

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  3. Thanks so much! This is just what I was looking for :)

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