One of my 2010 resolutions is to reuse stuff around the house, rather than go out and buy new stuff. My MIL gave me a bunch of old dish towels she cleaned out of her kitchen after Christmas, so I've been itching to use them for something other than cleaning rags.
From one of the featured articles, I found this pattern for sewing your own Swiffer cover: http://berlinswhimsy.typepad.com/berlins_whimsy/2009/10/swiffer-cover-sewing-pattern.html. I had long lamented that those little swiffer diapers don't reuse easily (I know you aren't supposed to reuse them at all, but sometimes I try to stretch that a little), so what better way to start in on my new year?
I almost immediately saw my problem. The pattern assumes you have one sort of Swiffer, but mine is the sort that shoots out fluid and has a scrubber on the side, like this:
My solution? Cut down the tab on one side to accommodate the scrubber. I'm not sure if my scribbly numbers are legible, but pretty simply I adjusted one side by 1.5 in. (this includes a seam allowance of 1/2 in. like in the original pattern). Note that the center, which will be against the floor, is still the same length and width.
The end result, post construction, looks like this:
Please pretend that I have some lovely buttons attached to this to finish it off. My machine died just as I was starting my button holes, so I have yet to decide if I just want to hand sew on some velcro, or take the time to hand sew the button holes like I intended.