16 June 2011

DIY @ Home: Crochet Swiffer Cover

Look what I made!

When Nick told me yesterday that he was going to buy Swiffer sheets today, I remembered a tutorial I'd seen for making a crocheted Swiffer cover. I showed him, but he wasn't all that impressed. Plus, both he and I doubted I'd get around to making one any time soon. Well, we were both wrong! I was feeling both lazy and productive (yes, I often have conflicting emotions like these), so I chilled in bed, crocheting and watching Hoarders.

Hoarders is my current Netflix addiction. I have always jokingly thought of myself as a hoarder, since I definitely have those tendencies and they run in the family, but watching the show actually makes me feel a heck of a lot better about my mess. I mean, I might be a craft-addled slob sometimes, but at least I'm not gross. (Okay, I totally used to be gross, years ago, when I was depressed and living on my own. I am not totally ashamed to admit that I have on more than one occasion bribed people with Taco Bell and drugs to wash my dishes. I have also, on multiple occasions, filled up the bathtub in order to wash dishes. Thank goodness I have a dishwasher now!)

Reverse: Improvised for a snug fit

I love crocheting because it lets me feel both lazy and productive. I watched a few episodes of Hoarders and instead of just feeling like I wasted an hour or so of my life, I have an awesome Swiffer cover to show for it. I feel so eco-friendly now! The best part is that the cover didn't cost me any thing, since I already had acrylic yarn in my stash. (Actually: I was lucky I did, since I thought I'd sold / donated all of my acrylic stuff!)

I used this pattern from CraftyStylish as my inspiration. I followed it pretty exactly, only because my second acrylic yarn was thicker than the first, I ended up adding an extra row of single crochet between the bumpy bits. Then, after following the pattern exactly to make the sleeve part, I discovered it didn't fit, so I frogged it & improvised using double crochet, which is stretchier than single crochet. I really love crochet because it's so easy to improvise!

Try as I might, I cannot train my cat to clean.

If you don't crochet, this is a collection of Swiffer cover patterns, so even if you knit, sew, or just like to wear socks, you'll find something that works for you. While I was poking around, I found this pattern for a reusable Swiffer Duster cover. Man, I love crafters!


  1. Very cool! I'd love to try this.

  2. Hey.....well done. I especially like the lazy/productive part and it feels good to have made something by your own hands.

  3. I love it! Anything that makes me want to clean is a great thing.. haha! I'm totally making these as Christmas presents this year. Plus I want to make another one for myself so that even when one is dirty, I'll have another on hand.


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