Learn how to make a DIY reusable duster cloth for duster wands. This easy sewing project uses fabric scraps and is washable.
Sometimes you start with a new goal by purchasing the tool that will help you. We wanted to improve our dusting this year, figured out how to add it to our tasks, and purchased a handle for dusting with disposable cloths. We dust weekly, but have run out of disposable cloths at this point.
I didn't want to forget to buy duster cloths and wanted to save money, so I decided to make my own reusable duster cloths. I used two different polyester fabrics to catch the most dust. I can't wait to teach you how to make this easy sewing project!
What is a feather duster?
A duster is a wand handle that has a place at the top for putting in or taking out cloths. There are different lengths, models and brands, but they all serve the same function.
The duster cloths you buy are a static material that attracts dust. It also has plenty of slots, which leaves a large surface area to catch dust.
How to make a duster reusable?
You can make the same shape and size duster cloth with fabric that is washable and durable while still attracting dust. Using a washable fabric means you can wash it after dusting so you can use it again another day.
What fabric should I use for a dust cloth?
Do you know which fabric attracts dust? Polyester. Polyester can become static, so it's a great fabric to use.
I used a combination of thick, washable, durable fleece and double brushed poly which is thin and can have multiple layers to catch more dust.
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DIY Reusable Duster
- Pieces of fleece
- Polyester knitted fabric scraps like double brushed poly
- Duster and disposable cloth
- Sewing tools
- Sewing machine
Measure your disposable dust cloth. Mine was about 4 inches wide and 8 inches tall.
Using your rectangle measurement, cut two pieces of batting for each dust cloth you make. Cut two or more pieces of double brushed poly for each dust cloth you make. (You will have four or more pieces for each dust cloth you make.)
Layer the pieces by laying the fleece first, then all the double brushed poly pieces, then the fleece on top. It doesn't matter which direction the double brushed poly is facing because it will all eventually bulge.
Determine where the lines are on the cloth. Sew three lines on the reusable cloths in the same place.
Don't start at the end, but start about 1 inch from the ends. Be sure to backstitch when you start and when you stop.
Cut slits up and down the long edges of the cloth. Cut all layers, but do not cut any stitch lines.
Slip the cloth over the duster handle, sliding it between the double layers of brushed polyester fabric. You have finished!
If you make anything using this sewing project, I'd love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and identify me!