Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Recycled T-Shirts Dust Mop Refill




I am continually dust mopping my sewing room floor using a disposable refill style mop.  I am trying hard, as we all are, to minimize my consumption and would like to stop discarding the mop refills.    Venturing off the path of quilting here a bit today, I made myself a dust mop refill and wanted to share the tutorial with you all.  This is so easy to make.  It is washable and, best of all, shakeable like the old-fashioned mops.  Here is a great way to recycle your old t-shirts and make a reusable mop pad.  2 for 1 for Mother Nature!
 



Fabric Requirement:  2 old t-shirts.
Time: 1 hour start to finish. 

 Cut 2 pieces of t-shirt 10" x 13".  
You can use a refill as a guide if you have one, 
cutting your fabric 1" larger all the way around. 


 Cut 6 pieces of t-shirt 13" x 13".  


 Sew the 2 - 10" x 13" pieces together, leaving an opening for turning.  
This makes the base of the mop pad.
Note: My base incorporated a fold, saving a seam on one side.  

 
Turn the base right-side-out and top stitch the opening shut. 

Layer your 6 pieces of 13" x 13" t-shirting and 
center them on the mop base on the 10" side. 

 Sew a seam down the center of the mop pad.  
Next, fold your 6 layers on each side of the center-line creating a "speed-bump".
Sew a line next to the bump on each side of your center stitching.   

 Bottom view after the 3 stitching lines are complete.  

 Clip the 6 layers of the mop top,  
being careful not to clip through the mop base.


  Cut through the speed-bumps and clip. 



 Here it is, bottom and top! 










3 comments:

  1. This is such an inventive idea! Thank you for sharing it. We have more of these mops at home than we know what to do with but now I know what to do! This is great for us, we have two dogs and a toddler. There is always something that needs to be mopped up.

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    1. Thank you Clifford! I love my dust mops and have made many for friends.

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