Pet Hair Duster Sewing Pattern DIY

Last Updated on December 12, 2022 by ellen

Use this duster sewing pattern to make a DIY Swiffer to remove pet hair from floors and surfaces. This homemade Swiffer refill is one of the best pet hair removers I’ve tried!

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Use this duster sewing pattern to make a DIY Swiffer to remove pet hair from floors and surfaces. This homemade Swiffer refill is one of the best pet hair removers I've tried!

Duster Sewing Pattern

So, if you’re looking for a pet hair remover, you’ve probably fallen in love with the Swiffer style duster. But, you may not want to buy refills every week to continue to remove pet hair from your home.

Removing pet hair is easy with this easy DIY cleaning hack.

Best duster for pet hair

The best duster for pet hair is the Swiffer. You can buy the refills here if you want to. But, making your own duster is simple and costs much less money.

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What is the most effective pet hair remover?

The best pet hair remover is the Swiffer-style duster. The disposable pads trap and contain pet hair better than any other type of duster.

If you have a pet, you probably find their pet hair on the floor as well as on tables and other surfaces. The problem seems to be even worse in cooler months when the furnace is running.

Dogs and cats shed regularly. And, their hair sticks to all the different surfaces in my home.

Pet hair can be a horrible problem for allergy sufferers because it ends up on furniture and clothes.

This homemade Swiffer refill works just as well as the store-bought refills but is much better for your budget.

Since pet hair sticks to everything, you’ll find lots of ways to use this pet hair remover. I love to use it in tight corners where the vacuum might not reach during my normal cleaning routine.

What surfaces does this work on?

You can use this on any hard surfaces in your home from the floor to tables and fan blades. If you see pet fur stuck to it, give it a try.

It really does pick up all the hair as well as surface dirt. It’s a great tool and easy to make.

Finally, if you want a pet hair remover for pet hairs on knit fabrics or your favorite black shirt, I recommend a lint roller. It works well for cat fur and dog hair.

Check out the best vacuum cleaner for dog hair I’ve tried. It works on several surfaces and does a much better job than a traditional broom.

supplies to create this art project

Washable duster supplies

  • ¼ yard of flannel fabric 
  • Sewing Machine
  • Matching thread
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Sewing pins or clips
  • Standard sewing scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Cutting mat and ruler, measuring tape or ruler

Skill Level: Beginner

Approximate time to complete: 20-30 minutes

Approximate cost to make: $2.79 (As costs vary from store to store, this is based on my local Joann fabric price of $7.99 with a 30% sale which they have quite often on flannel)

cutting fabric with a wheel

How to make your own Swiffer duster

So, skip the duster sewing pattern and follow these directions.

Cut the following pieces from your fabric (2) 5” x 7”, (2) 4 ½” x 7”, (2) 4” x 7” and (2) 3 ½” x 7”

tracing a line on fabric with a pencil

With the wrong sides facing, place the two 5” x 7” pieces together. Using a fabric marker and ruler, draw a line down the center. Next, draw a line that is ¾” on either side of the center line.

sewing fabric with a sewing machine

Pin in place and sew a straight stitch down each marked line. This will form the pockets your handle will slide into.

fabric with layers clipped together

Place your 5” x 7” piece on your work surface and center one of the 4 ½” x 7” pieces on top. Next, center one of the 4” x 7” inch pieces on top of that. Finally, center one of the 3 ½”x 7” pieces on top of that. Flip and repeat with the remaining pieces, largest to smallest.

blue fabric on a sewing machine under the needle

 Using your fabric marker, draw a line down the center of your stack. Pin in place and sew a straight stitch through all the layers on the marked line. 

a ruler on fabric

Using your fabric marker, draw a line that is ¾” on either side of the center stitch you just made. This is your guide that you don’t want to cut into on step 11.

This step is optional, but I found it helpful. Using your fabric marker, mark at ½” increments across each side.

fabric cut with pinking shears

You can feel there are two layers. Lift the “top” layer and you will see where you stitched your 3 lines in Step 4. Using your pinking shears, cut ½” slits on each side, just shy of the stitched lines on either side. 

Do the same thing with the rest of the layers, being careful not to cut through the center line you stitched.

side view of a pet hair duster

Finally, insert the duster handle into the pockets you’ve created. Fluff the slits that you cut, and you are ready to use your Easy DIY Reusable Duster Cloth! When your cloth gets dirty, you can just toss them in your regular laundry!

Tips

To keep your duster from fraying when you wash it, you will cut on the bias or at a 45-degree angle to the selvage edge. When using a cutting mat, you will already have bias lines marked for you to make this easier to follow!

So, there are no patterns needed for this pet hair remover refill. Just follow the directions above.

You can use this without a handle, too! It works great as a dust cloth.

duster refill near cleaning supplies

How to use the pet hair remover

So, it’s simple to use. First, grab the duster with one hand and use the other to gently move it back and forth over whatever surface you want to clean. You’ll be amazed at how much pet hair this removes!

However, you can make multiple passes if you need to. It picks up stray hairs from all over your house. Pet owners will love this frugal alternative for removing hair.

How to launder this pet hair remover

Wash on the gentle cycle in warm water. You can add natural fabric softener if you like.

You can also add dryer sheets when you dry them. But, you only need a few minutes on low.

I usually wash them like I do delicate clothing and they last quite a while.

So, make a batch of these and store them with your towels. Pet owners will be able to remove hair easily without buying another duster from the store.

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Pet Hair Duster Sewing Pattern DIY

Pet Hair Duster Sewing Pattern DIY

Use this duster sewing pattern to make a DIY Swiffer to remove pet hair from floors and surfaces. This homemade Swiffer refill is one of the best pet hair removers I've tried!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Difficulty moderate
Estimated Cost 10

Materials

  • ¼ yard of flannel fabric
  • Sewing Machine
  • Matching thread
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Sewing pins or clips
  • Standard sewing scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Cutting mat and ruler, measuring tape or ruler

Tools

  • sewing machine

Instructions

  1. Cut the following pieces from your fabric (2) 5” x 7”, (2) 4 ½” x 7”, (2) 4” x 7” and (2) 3 ½” x 7”
  2. With wrong sides facing, place the two 5” x 7” pieces together. Using a fabric marker and ruler, draw a line down the center. Next, draw a line that is ¾” on either side of the center line. Pin in place and sew a straight stitch down each marked line. This will form the pockets your handle will slide into.
  3. Place your 5” x 7” piece on your work surface and center one of the 4 ½” x 7” pieces on top. Next, center one of the 4” x 7” inch pieces on top of that. Finally, center one of the 3 ½”x 7” pieces on top of that. Flip and repeat with the remaining pieces, largest to smallest.
  4. Using your fabric marker, draw a line down the center of your stack. Pin in place and sew a straight stitch down through all the layers on the marked line. 
  5. Using your fabric marker, draw a line that is ¾” on either side of the center stitch you just made. This is your guide that you don’t want to cut into on step 11.
  6. This step is optional, but I found it helpful. Using your fabric marker, mark at ½” increments across each side.
  7. You can feel there are two layers. Lift the “top” layer and you will see where you stitched your 3 lines in Step 4. Using your pinking shears, cut ½” slits on each side, just shy of the stitched lines on either side. 
  8. Now you are going to do the same thing with the rest of the layers, being careful not to cut through the center line you stitched.
  9. Insert the duster handle into the pockets you’ve created. Fluff the slits that you cut, and you are ready to use your Easy DIY Reusable Duster Cloth! When your cloth gets dirty, you can just toss in your regular laundry!

Did you make this project?

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2 thoughts on “Pet Hair Duster Sewing Pattern DIY

  1. Love this! I need to sharpen my pinking shears though. Pinning this and thanks for helping me recycle (my pilly flannel) and save money!

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