Monthly Archives: February 2009

Hubcap Clock

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I borrowed this idea from someone selling on Etsy. My dad provided me with this shiny old hubcap. My husband drilled the hole in the center and I added the clockworks that I purchased for 40% off at the craft store. I was originally going to paint the hands black but I have silver and gold in the room where this hangs so it co-ordinates well. im002950

Fleece Swiffer Covers Tutorial

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Before I start the tutorial I just wanna do a quick list of the other sewing projects I’ve been working on this month. They’re too boring for pictures but I’m recycling lots of stuff from my stash.

I made 18 double layer flannel cleaning cloths that fit on a Swiffer or can be used as is for dustrags. The flannel came from the top portions of adult pj pants that I’d cut down for my son and from a body billow sized pillowcase.

I shortened several pairs of my son’s cargo pants into shorts for the summer since his waist size is unchanged.

And I recovered my 11 year old compact ironing board using an old pillowcase and some leftover cotton quilt batting.

Ok, on to the tutorial. It took me just 4 minutes to make each of these so it’s a really easy project!

First select a fleece top that you wish to recycle and prep it by cutting it up into pieces at the seams. I used a nubbly textured pullover style, men’s large. Cut ‘fabric’ into 10X10.5 inch squares. DO NOT cut on the bias.

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Serge the 10 inch side edges. It’s ok to ‘shave’ the edge by 1/8 inch while serging.

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Now fold the serged edges in to the center overlapping seams, wrong side out. Pin along center.

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My photo editor isn’t working right now so imagine these two images rotated, ok? 🙂

Now serge along the open ends(the folded 10.5 inch sides). You can shave 1/8-1/4 of an inch off while you serge since you need to be certain that the back and front flaps are completely joined. I didn’t bother adjusting my differential feed so my seams curved a little. I was in a hurry and these covers are just for cleaning after all.

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Remove pins, turn inside out and adorn your swiffer!

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I got 10 covers from one top. I’ve tested them out and they work great for getting up all those dust bunnies and they clean well in a delicates bag in the washer. I air dried them so I can’t comment on holding up in the dryer. Enjoy!