Thursday, February 23, 2012

Microfiber Dust Mitt Tutorial

I love my microfiber cleaning cloths.  I have a LOT of them, but I could not pass up these in  Joann's clearance area.
for the awesome prince of:
for two cleaning cloths!  Since my dust mitts were worn to a frazzle, these were used for new ones.  A  look online showed that simple microfiber dust mitts are sold individually for $4.50 and up. Making your own is way cheaper even if you didn't get this great deal at Joann's ;-)  And, by the way, who wants just one?  Doesn't everyone dust with two hands?  Two hand, people!  Slap one on each hand and get that dusting done in half the time.


Dust mitts are easy to make.  I created my pattern freehand drawing about an inch to an inch and a half out around my hand. You could use an oven mitt to create the pattern or find a pattern for an oven mitt online--there are several such as this one at Skip To My Lou.  (Remember that an oven mitt will be thicker.  You don't want to make the dust mitt that big.  It might help to throw one together using scrap fabric to get an idea of how big you want to make it.)

I folded each square of fabric in half, pinned on the pattern and cut out the two pieces.  Here's a picture while I was in the midst of cutting.


If you place the cuff end of the pattern at the bottom finished edge of the cloth, you won't need to do any hemming there.  I decided against serging because getting around the thumb would be a pain.  Instead, I sewed a scant quarter inch seam around, turned it right side out, and top stitched a quarter inch in to enclose the seam.


This fabric doesn't have a right/wrong side.  If yours does, you would  start this with the right sides together.  In the photo below, you can see  the scant quarter inch seam before turning right side out.  Be sure to reinforce the ends with back stitching at each cuff end.  

  (Remember to reinforce the start and stop points at the cuff when top stitching, too.)
You can see the top stitching in the photo above.  You can also see that I changed the pattern slightly as I went along to make the thumb area more defined.

Dusting with two of these on really is much faster.  When the front gets dirty, just switch hands and use the back.  You can even turn them inside out to use the other sides.  It's so much easier to do lamps, vases, frames, and dining/kitchen chairs.  Microfiber material holds an amazing amount of dust.

These make great little gifts for those setting up housekeeping.  Also, consider making smaller versions for the kids.  Mine loved the novelty of two-handed dusting with the mitts and finishing the chore quicker when they were young.




14 comments:

  1. RATS I was just at Joanns last weekend and didn't spot those, lol. What a great idea - I have a bunch of them in the laundry room that my car-crazy son has bought over the years - I should steal a few and make some dust mitts!

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  2. Great deal and even better idea! Since my kids do the dusting it would be great for their little hands.

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  3. My husband buys a big bag of microfiber cloths at Costco for work. I must "borrow" some to make these this weekend. Thanks for sharing this!

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  4. This is a wonderful idea! Thanks for this lovely post :-)

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  6. Glad you all like the dust mitts!

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  7. I think this is a great idea and what a good price! I have to run to my Joann's and see if I can find some!

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  8. I love these, I wonder if I could get Hubby to put them on and do something with the garage?! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. What a fantastic idea!! I am going to HAVE to make some of these. Thanks for sharing at Link It Up Thursday.

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  11. Just found this tut on how to make dust mitts. What a great idea, thanks for sharing ;-)

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