In honor of Earth month, we are looking for ways to reduce our use around our home. According the World Bank the world produces 1.3 billion tons of garbage annually, with the United States being one of the largest contributors. The mounting trash problem affects the environment and public health worldwide. I personally have been looking around my house to see where we can cut down on our waste production. After using cotton balls to remove my eye makeup and apply toner, I decided to make a zero waste alternative. These reusable pads are very simple to make and are fairly inexpensive. The best part is they are washable and reusable!
I used two types of fabric for these pads, one was a cotton flannel fabric (cactus print) and the other was a gray anti-pill fleece. You could easily use one fabric, I just liked the look of having two coordinating photos. Both fabrics are soft and gentle on your face. Follow along to see how easy these are to make!
- Cotton flannel fabric, washed
- Anti-pill fleece, washed
- Cutting mat and rotary cutter*(like this)
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
*Scissors can be used. The cutting mat and rotary cutter make it easier to cut equal size squares of fabric quickly.
- Lay fabric on cutting mat and cut into 3″ squares.
- Line up two squares of fabric and pin together to prepare for sewing.
- I used a zigzag stitch on my sewing machine, but a mock serger stitch would work perfectly. I lined the fabric up so that the right hand swing of the needle fell just outside the edge of the fabric for a more tailored look. (See photo below). This method would help prevent fraying on the edges, depending on the type of fabric you have.
- When approaching corners, rotate your fabric 45°, sew a few stitches, and then turn another 45° to sew the next side.
- Repeat with remaining squares.
Now you are ready to use your square pads! While washing, I would recommend using a delicates laundry bag to keep them all together. This is a great project even for beginners. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could also hand stitch using a blanket stitch. It may take longer, but you will be making a small action to reduce the amount of waste produced!