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Topic: Swiffer cover from two old dish towels (lots of pictures)  (Read 13957 times)
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« on: January 18, 2010 04:19:59 AM »

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.  
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2010 05:00:15 AM »

Wow!! These are wonderful!!!
I love my swiffer wet jet but not throwing away the wipes. About a year ago I started buying cover thingies at the dollar store. But they don't always fit and are a pain to take off and put on. Your creation is an amazing solution to an ever growing problem.....garbage!
Thanks for the tute ..... I will definitely be making these.

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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2010 05:09:09 AM »

Wow! This just made my day. I actually bought a Swiffer yesterday, and I was thinking to myself that I would hate to buy refills for it because I'm cheap. Thanks for the tutorial, and you did a great job!
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2010 05:38:04 AM »

That's pretty cool!  I have one of those Swiffer mops too.  My solution was to rubberband a microfiber cloth to it, but that shifts around and sometimes blocks the sprayer.  This is way better.

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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2010 05:52:47 AM »

Excellent!  I purchased a pattern to create refills that attach with velcro.  I made several, but they have already worn out.  I love your idea, and I will try it when I make "replacement" replacements for my Swiffer.
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2010 07:00:23 AM »

Awesome! I'm going to make some of these!

« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2010 07:30:28 AM »

I recently found a Wet Jet sitting on the curb outside someone's house.  My husband pressed the button.  It worked!  The bottle was FULL!  ??  People throw out stupid things.  There was also a box of the cloths.  I love them, but have been thinking about making some of my own when they runout.

Oh, and as for regular Swiffer cloths...  Who said you can't reuse them?  I just toss mine in the laundry!  (If they get really grungy I rinse them out first.)  They come out all fluffy and ready to swiff once more!

I mean, anything can be called "disposable."  Like those Ziplock containers.  They call them "disposable" so people WILL and buy more.  But if you just wash them...
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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2010 07:57:01 AM »

missjuliaj- they don't fall apart in the wash?
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2010 08:16:29 AM »

this is a very timely post. i love using my swiffer but the price of the pads is ridiculous. thank you for this post!

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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2010 10:24:26 AM »

I love the swiffer more now that I've learned how to refill the canister with my own detergent mixture and have washable reusable pads. It's a great idea made better by those who know how. I like your wipes better than mine, which are crocheted. Yours look easier to put on and take off. Great idea!

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