Swiffer Cover Sewing Pattern
· 2 pieces of terrycloth material (eg. towels), at least 12 x 14” each
· 2 large and colorful buttons, or velcro
· Tracing paper
On a piece of tracing paper, copy the dimensions of the
cover using the measurements provided. Using your pattern, cut out two pieces
of the fabric.
Fire up your sewing machine and your iron.
Pin the fabric right sides together. Beginning on one
long end of the cover, sew around the entire cover using a ½” seam, leaving
a four-inch opening for turning. Due to the bulk and nature of the fabric, it
will slide around a lot while sewing so be sure to reset the fabric into place
here and there.
Using scissors, clip off the corners to eliminate bulk and clip diagonally into
the inner (don’t clip the seams, however!).
Turn the cover right side out, using a chopstick to get into
those difficult corners.
Press the cover into shape with a hot iron. Press the
seams under where the opening is.
Topstitch around the entire cover ¼” inside the edge, thus closing the opening where you turned the cover. Topstitch five horizontal lines along the bottom of the cover (this gives the cover shape).
I use buttons for attaching my cover but if you’re leery of buttonholing on terrycloth (and I wouldn’t blame you if you were!), you could use Velcro for attaching the cover. For the perfectionist, you could place a square of stabilizer beneath the buttonhole area for stabilization of the buttonholes----but hey, it is just a swiffer cover, after all…!
Now try your swiffer cover on. Pull it up snug. On the flaps, mark the placement of the buttons and buttonholes----again, you want the cover to be snug, especially if you will be using the cover wet. For example, I placed my buttons 1 ½” from the edges.
Hold your breath and sew two horizontal buttonholes corresponding
to your marks and your button sizes. Sew on your buttons.
Put your swiffer cover on and ooh and ahh with delight for now you can swiff your floors in style!
**Note: This cover is reversible. To make it so, place buttons or velcro on both sides of the flaps.