Reusable make up remover pads.

A while ago I was bemoaning the amount of the little make up pads I go through to a friend at work. I don’t wear make up every day but for some reason I seem to go through a few. My co -worker said her daughter made her own. Hmmmm this had merit, why had I not thought of this before.

Going to my local fabric store I can buy as little as .20cm off a fabric roll of 1.2 or 1.8m wide which gives you quite a few little squares to wash and reuse.

To make 1 square using flannelette fabric.

Cut fabric 8x 16cm and fold in half (finished product makes 8 x 8cm)

Set sewing machine on settings of close together smallish zig zag stitch. (doesn’t have to be as close together as a button hole but enough to not get a fray) OR use an over locker (serger)

Sew the 3 raw sides together. Thread ends in if using an over locker. Tie off if using the sewing machine. Trim.

I use Micellar water to remove my mascara (not water proof) and make up. To wash the cloths I just pop a few in a lingerie bag and throw in the machine with other washing. If they are particularly dirty, usually it’s the mascara that stains I give a spray of pre wash or you can napi san as per instructions.

I’m not going to lie and say they last forever they don’t, but if I can get 6months or a year out of the dozen I make at a time I’m happy. I’m also hoping it’s another thing that’s not shop bought disposable and better for the environment and biodegradable.

Not sure how the washing instructions would go with water proof mascara as I don’t use it.

A little bit of fabric goes a long way.

Size is optional, adjust your measurements and go bigger.

Try another fabric beside flannelette and let me know how it goes.

Mine have swans on them as that’s what I found in the mark down bin.

These below are made on the over locker but I have also done with zig zag and my normal sewing machine.



    • Jennifer Marsden on November 19, 2019 at 10:29 am
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    Good idea , Kathy and easy!

    1. Jennifer I thought so as soon as I heard my co worker say they can be made.

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