Wanderer's to the Cabin

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Been Sewing Not Stitchin'

Lately my sewing machine has been getting used more than my scroll frames.

I've wanted to start cutting down on some of the higher priced disposable cleaning products I have been using, so I decided to start with the Swiffer Duster refill's I was always buying.
I found this great tutorial here: Sew much ado  and had to try it.

This is what they looked like after being stitched up and before washing.
As you can see from the one on the handle, they picked up dust pretty well, even then.

And here they are after washing, they picked up the dust even better at that point. 

In my opinion these are better than the disposable version since.....
1. You can shake them out and re-use them several times. 
2. You can then wash them and re-use them.
3. They will last for years (Eco Friendly).
4. You can make them in pretty colors. ;)

SIDE NOTES:
I made a bit of a change to the cutting part, I cut: 2 - 7" x 7", 2 - 7" x 6", 2- 7" x 4", and 2 - 7" x 3" pieces to save on fabric waste.
Consider making enough of these to fill a small laundry load, as they are very messy when washed, especially the first time around.
Also, I don't have a dryer so after washing I took them out side and shook them really well then hung them in the bathroom over the tub and used the blow dryer on them to fluff them up, then let them air dry the rest of the way. It worked out real well. 

NEW SIDE NOTE: (4:30 pm)
I just finished cutting the last of the flannel I bought and was able to get a total of TEN dusters from two 1 yard pieces of flannel. Nine two color dusters and one solid color duster. Not bad for $5.08, the flannel was on sale at Jo-Ann's for $2.99 a yard and I had a 20% off coupon on the total.

WARNING!! WARNING!!
 I just found out the hard way that you should put these dusters in a laundry bag to wash them. My hubs had to take our washer apart and remove the pump so he could remove this from inside the pump!!!!

 A two inch mass of threads from the flannel.  
There was no warning on the website for this problem.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
 Hugs, Sandy

4 comments:

  1. Wow! I may have to learn to sew! These would be SO great!!!

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  2. Thanks for the idea and the link! Now to go find some flannel!

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  3. What a great idea! I use Swiffers too and I have flannel so I think I'll try this! I actually hopped over here while looking at some cross stitch blogs but was glad to have found this. blessings, marlene

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