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DIY Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

Updated: Jan 2, 2021

These reusable makeup pads are a triple threat: they can reduce your scrap bin, they're environmentally friendly, and they're quick to whip up. Throw them in the washer inside a mesh bag and you will never go back to buying disposable makeup remover products.

I've seen a variety of different materials being used. I chose a soft flannel for one side and terry cloth for the other. As an avid quilter, I have tons of scraps lying around that I used for this project. You could use any combination of cotton, terry cloth, or flannel. One thing to keep in mind, however, is what dyes were used in the fabric. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to opt for organic fabric.

Now I don't know about you, but I didn't just happen to have an octagon template lying around. Rather than going out and buying one or printing one, I opted to first cut out squares, then trim the corners.

Start with a 4x4 inch square of terry cloth and flannel. Using a pencil, mark one inch from each corner on each side of the flannel square. Connect the two dots for each corner to make a straight line (the yellow line of the diagram). This will be your guide for when you sew.

Put the right sides of the flannel and terry cloth together. Leaving one side open to flip right side out, sew a quarter of an inch from the edge using your drawn lines as your "edge" (I found that by waiting to trim the corners until after the octagon was sewn kept the integrity of the shape better than when I trimmed the corners off before sewing).

Before you flip your creation right side out, trim off the corners a quarter inch from the seams. To make sure your octagon lies flat, clip all eight corners. When you do flip it right side out, make sure the corners are fully pushed out. Press with an iron or with your fingers.

Fold the open side inward, sew a top stitch about an eighth of an inch from the edge and that's it! You're done.

I just finished my first batch of twenty this afternoon. I don't think they made it fifteen minutes before all of them had been claimed.

Now I need your help: what is your favorite homemade makeup remover recipe? The only way to make my reusable pads better is to pair it with a homemade remover. Comment below!


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