Recently I showed you guys that I started using Lanaluna Washable Cotton Pads instead of regular cotton pads. This is a lot less wasteful and way better for our environment. Not long after finding out about these washable cotton pads, I realised that you can easily make them yourself as well. I went online, looked up a couple of blogposts on it and watched some youtube videos. I asked my grandmother if she could help me with the sewing and just a couple days later my mom, my grandmother and I were spending the whole afternoon making our own washable cotton pads. In today’s post I’ll show you how it’s done.
Before I tell you what you need to do, let’s first go through what you need in order to make these washable cotton pads.
- A piece of fabric
- Something round, like a glass
- A pair of scissors
- Sewing machine
You can use pretty much all fabric for these cotton pads. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that it has to be soft. You will have to use it on your face and maybe even your eyes. So if the fabric is too rough, this might be a bit painful.
If you want to be even more durable, you can use an old piece of fabric from something you don’t use anymore. A perfect type of fabric for this project would be fleece, but I didn’t have that laying around at the time. Instead I used an old bed sheet that doesn’t fit any of our beds anymore. It’s not as soft as fleece, but it’s not too rough for the skin either. It works perfectly fine.
Another thing to keep in mind is what colour fabric you use. If you’re planning on removing makeup with these cotton pads, you might want to use a darker colour fabric. This was the stains won’t be as harsh. But in the end white works fine as well. It’s not like they turn grey after a couple of uses.
Moving on to the actual DIY part of this post. What you’re going to do is:
1. You’re going to lay out your piece of fabric on the table or anything else that’s nice and sturdy.
2. Then you’ll grab your glass, hold it onto the fabric and trace a line around it.
3. When you’re done with that, grab your scissors and cut out the circle you’ve just drawn.
4. Repeat this step another time, so you’ll end up with two circles.
You can fold the fabric so you can cut two circles at the same time. However, the fabric we used was very tough and it was impossible to cut two at the same time. One works fine as well, so don’t sweat it.
When you have two perfect circles cut out, you can place them on top of each other. If you want to make sure that they don’t move throughout the sewing process, this is where your pins come in handy.
5. Put the two rounds on top of each other. Try to be as precise as possible.
6. Put a pin through the two pieces of fabric, so they will stick together throughout the sewing proces.
7. Make sure there’s a fun coloured threat in your sewing machine, and sew the two pieces of fabric together.
According to what I read the ‘zig-zag’ function on your sewing machine is perfect for this. It’s best to use a bigger zigzag, so the two pieces of fabric won’t come off after washing them a couple of times. We used setting number ‘3’, but this might be different on every machine.
8. Sew the two pieces of fabric together. Make sure they are sown together really well. If you feel like you need it, go around twice.
And there you have it, your own washable cotton pads. They’re so quick and easy to make and it’s also a fun project to do with your family. My grandmother actually ended up teaching me how to sew them together myself and I really liked that. We made a total of 24 cotton pads, so I think I’m set for a while.
Thank you guys so much for reading this DIY, and be sure to let me know if you’d like to make these washable cotton pads yourself too! It’s really fun!