Like I said earlier, I LOVE cleaning products, but have been trying to be a little GREENER when it comes to some of my favorites. I think my favorite cleaning product ever is the Swiffer Sweeper. I just hate buying the refill cloths for the sweeper all the time, and really wanted something I could wash and use over and over again, like the reusable Swiffer duster that I made. The tricky part was figuring out what would "grab" the crumbs and clean the floor the best. Leave it to a sock to save the day! Using a chenile sock and an old t-shirt, you can have your new (and your last!) Swiffer sweeper cloth in less than 30 minutes!
This tutorial will guide you through the steps to make a reusable and washable Swiffer Sweeper pad using a chenille sock and some knit scraps. It is an easy project, perfect for a beginner or experienced sewer.
knit scraps (old stretchy t-shirts work great) - can use other fabric with moderate amount of stretch
1. Cut sock open along back, from top of sock to toe area. Make a small cut on each side of toe area to allow the chenille to lay flat.
2. Cut a rectangle approximately 6" x 12" from chenille. Depending on the size of your sock, you may have to stretch the chenille slightly to get a large enough rectangle, and that is okay. Your piece should be approximately 1.5" larger than the Swiffer on all 4 sides.
4. Fold each 6" x 8" piece of knit in half, matching the 6" sides. Align the 6" sides with right side of the chenille piece 6" sides. The folds will be towards the center of the chenille.
5. Place the 6" x 12" piece of knit over folded knit pieces, right sides together, aligning edges with folded knit pieces and chenille. Pin in place along all four sides (if you had to stretch your chenille to get a large enough rectangle in step 2, your top knit piece may be bunched slightly after pinning as is pictured -- this will stretch out later).
6. Stitch around all four sides using a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving a 3" opening in the center of one of the 12" sides.
7. Trim corners and turn fabric right side out.
8. To check fit, place one end of the Swiffer sweeper into one of the pockets you have created. Slide other end in to other pocket, stretching the knit around the sweeper. It should fit fairly snugly.
9. Remove sweeper pad. Fold raw edges of opening under 1/2" and topstitch around entire pad, close to edge, and stitching opening closed. This can be extremely bulky to stitch through -- I used the hand wheel rather than the foot pedal through those areas to reduce the chances of the thread breaking.
10. Slide the sweeper pad onto the Swiffer sweeper and get to work! Great job!
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