DIY Reusable Duster Cloths

2 Materials
15 Minutes

Those dust pads everyone uses for cleaning bite off a decent chunk of your budget when you look at it long-term. They also make you produce an unnecessary amount of waste, so they definitely aren’t environmentally friendly.

These reusable swiffer duster cloths are the exact opposite. Economical, green, and most importantly, fun and easy to make! It’s time to make the switch and choose the more sustainable option. This tutorial will help you with that by teaching you how to make reusable duster cloths from scratch!

Download the pattern, print it out, cut it out, and fold it along the markings.

Fold the fabric in half and set the pattern on it on the bias. Cut around the pattern through both layers.

Transfer the markings from the pattern onto the fabric pieces and pin the two layers together.

Repeat the process with the other pattern piece.

Fold the pattern along the first marking and repeat the steps. Do so until you run out of markings. Then transfer the central line marking to each set of fabric pieces.

Sew the swiffer duster cloths

Sew along the two outer markings on the large fabric piece set. Backstitch the beginning and end of the seam.

Set the next largest fabric piece over the one you just stitched so that the center markings align. Then do so with the next largest fabric piece and keep going until you get to the smallest one. Pin all layers in place.

After that, flip the fabric and repeat the process with the second set of fabric pieces.

Finish the duster cloths

Stitch along the central line through all layers.

Make cuts perpendicular to the seam, about half-inch apart, along the entire length of the fabric and through all layers. Don’t clip the stitches!

Your swiffer cloths are ready for dusting!

Did you like your new duster cloths? We hope you did and that they turned out great! If you have any suggestions on how to make this project even better, please share them with everyone in the comments section below. Stay environmentally responsible!

Suggested materials:

  • Flannel
  • Duster pattern

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Frequently asked questions

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  2 questions
  • Chris Chris on Dec 02, 2021

    If you have sewn down the center, how do you slip the handle in?

  • Lisa Lisa on Dec 02, 2021

    Where do I find the pattern?


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  • Galejade Galejade on Dec 05, 2021

    Excellente idée ! 👍

    Pour compléter l'efficacité de vos chiffons(dusters cloths) , préparer 1 litre d'eau + 1 cuillère à soupe de glycérine, tremper les dans cette préparation, bien les imbiber, puis les essorer et les sécher. Vous verrez comme vos chiffons attraperont bien la poussière ! 👌

  • Patsy47 Patsy47 on Dec 08, 2021

    outstanding! anything that reduces garbage is a win in my book!

    folks should start using washable,reusable rags instead of paper towels for every little spill.....😊

    • User User on Dec 25, 2021

      Yes! It also repurposes old clothes/fabric. Win-win!