In today’s world, so many of us are trying to find ways to use less disposable products and create less trash, and saving money while we’re at it never hurts either! Using reusable or natural cleaning products is one way I’ve found it easiest to do so, and today’s project is a great example of that! I made these DIY reusable cloth dusters that fit over a Swiffer duster handle, and they only get better with each use and wash. I’m sharing both a free pattern and video tutorial with you today so you can make some for yourself!
When it comes to chores, my kids always fight over who gets to dust, and I think I can remember being the same way as a kid (okay, maybe that didn’t stop after my childhood). One of my favorite cleaning products is the Swiffer duster because they’re so handy and work really well. If only it weren’t for the disposable duster cloths they use (and use, and use).
This reusable flannel duster cloth has been sooo great to use with the Swiffer handles. I first wrote this post over 10 years ago, and it’s been one of our most visited posts consistently over the past decade, which is crazy! But it shows that you love it as much as I have, and I wanted to update the post for you with an video tutorial and added instructions for using the newer (yellow) style of Swiffer duster handle (the original was blue).
Sew up one or three of these DIY duster cloths, and they can be washed over and over again, only getting better with time as the edges of the flannel fray more and get fluffier.
But does this DIY duster actually work? You betcha. And it doesn’t just work, it works awesome. The soft flannel grabs dust really well, and I can use in on a lot of surfaces before having to shake out or wash.
Use our free DIY duster pattern below or follow the photo tutorial for instructions to get your pieces cut and marked, and from start to finish, you should have your new duster made within 30 minutes! If your duster handle is different than the Swiffer brand handles pictured, just adjust your own stitch lines to match up with your handle!
Update in 2020: We’ve updated this post and pattern to include the newest style of Swiffer duster handle which is yellow in color, and added a full video tutorial below featuring that handle! You can also watch the video HERE on our YouTube channel if you prefer.
How To Make Reusable Cloth Dusters
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You can download the free pattern HERE rather than measure and mark your own pieces as instructed in the photo tutorial below. Complete the checkout process (this is different than entering your email address on our newsletter signup on our right sidebar) and you’ll be able to download and print the pattern by logging into your account under the “shop” tab of our site or via the email sent to you.
The pattern has markings for both the older blue style of duster handle as in the tutorial photos below and the newer yellow style that’s featured in the video tutorial above.
4 7″x7″ pieces flannel cut on the bias (45 degree angle to the grain) – this solid flannel would be perfect and is super affordable
Note: I’ve found that flannel works best for this DIY duster cloth. I also tried using microfiber (you can get microfiber cloths at the dollar store for a couple of bucks), but personally didn’t like it as much as flannel. It didn’t seem to hold as much dust, and made a HUGE mess as I was cutting it up. Polar fleece may also be a good alternative, but I would still prefer flannel if given the choice.
In the original tutorial I didn’t cut the flannel pieces on the bias and you can see the difference in how the fabric frays compared to the updated yellow handle version where the fabric was cut on the bias. I still use this original pink DIY duster cloth and after over 10 years of use it still works great, but do prefer the less loose threads that cutting on the bias produces like you see in the photos of the blue flannel.
*If using printable pattern pieces to cut and mark fabric, skip to step 2, then skip to step 5.
2. Join small and large pieces together by stitching down center of all four layers of fabric as pictured. Stack the two sets of flannel on top of each other, with the small pieces on the top and bottom. 3. Next, make the casing for the Swiffer duster handle. Fold the small pieces of fabric to one side, align the base of the prongs at the edge of the fabric, and center the prongs over the middle seam where the small and large pieces were joined together. 4. The next step to make this DIY cloth duster is to trace close to side edge of prong all the way to the edge of fabric, leaving spaces where the curved areas of the prongs are. It is better to leave a little extra space where the curved areas are than to leave too little space. Fold small piece of fabric to opposite side and trace prongs again the same way. 5. Fold top and bottom small pieces to one side and stitch along traced lines, through all four layers of flannel. 6. Fold top and bottom small pieces to opposite side and stitch along traced lines, through all four layers of flannel. 7. Open up top and bottom small pieces at middle seams and lay flat. Slide Swiffer duster handle into the casing you have sewn, in between the 4 large pieces of flannel. Curved areas on prongs should slide into the spaces you left when you stitched the casing in step 6 and hold the handle in place. 8. Beginning with top layer of large flannel piece, trim approximately 3/4″ of fabric from edge on both sides. 9. Continue trimming each layer approximately 3/4″ shorter than the layer beneath it. 10. Turn duster cloth over and repeat steps 8-9 with opposite side.
11. Beginning with narrowest layer, clip edges of flannel at 1/2″ intervals along length of duster. 12. Repeat with the next flannel layer beneath. 13. Continue clipping edges of all layers on each side of duster cloth. 14. Ruffle up all clipped edges, and this is what you will have: 15. Throw your new reusable Swiffer duster cloth in the washer and dryer to let the edges fray. You may need to clip some loose or dangling strands of thread.
16. Let your kids, husband, and even you (ya, you) fight over who gets to do the dusting! Want proof that your new reusable Swiffer duster cloth works? Here ya go.