Last week I shared an upcycle project where I turned 2 old pair of fleece pj bottoms into a super cozy scarf. If you read that post you know that I still have 2 pants legs left (one from each pair of pj bottoms).
This week I’m going to show you how I used one (actually only half of one) of the left over pant legs to make reusable and washable dusters for my swiffer wand.
Let me take a moment to tell you that I love my swiffer duster. I don’t, however, love the expense of buying the swiffer refills. If you know much about fleece, then you know it loves to grab lint, dog fur, dust, you name it. That’s why fleece is perfect for this project. If you don’t have old fleece clothes to upcycle, you can just use fleece scraps. It doesn’t take a lot of fleece or a lot of time to make these.
First, I measured a real swiffer duster. It measures approximate 4″x7″. I cut my fleece into 4 – 4″x7″ rectangles.
Take 2 rectangles and lay them on top of one another wrong sides together. Some fleece is hard to tell which side is right and which is wrong but these pants had an obvious right side.
Sew a line straight down the middle long ways, starting and stopping about 1/2″ from the edge of the fabric.
Next sew a straight line parallel to the center line about 3/4″-1″ from the center. Repeat this step in the other side of the center line. You should end up with 3 straight lines sewn 3/4″-1″ apart running the length of the 2 rectangles. Confused yet? The photos should
Using your scissors or rotary cutter, cut every half inch down the sides of these 2 rectangles coming close to the outer line of stitching but do not cut the stitches.
Now take another fleece rectangle and lay it down wrong side up. Place your 2 sewn rectangles neatly and flat on top of that. Next put your 4th fleece rectangle on top of it all with right side facing up. Your fringed piece should be sandwiched between the two uncut and unsewn pieces of fleece.
Stitch 1 line down the center of all 4 pieces, again, starting and stopping 1/2″ from the edges.
Once it is all sewn up, you will need to carefully cut the outer pieces of fleece every half inch down each sides. Remember to cut close to the stitches but do not cut the stitches.
Cut only one layer at a time or you will cut through the two fringed pieces in the middle.
Once you have fringe cut on all of the pieces, you can insert your swiffer duster wand between the 2 center pieces of fleece.
Now you can use up all of your fleece scraps making reusable and washable dusters for your swiffer wand.
If you have any questions or if I left anything out, please just leave a comment below.
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