Saturday, March 19, 2011

Home-made Make-up Remover Pads

I do wish I could remember the blogger who suggested making make-up remover pads.  (If you see this, let me know so I can give you all the credit!) I took her advice and made some.  I sewed the pads, but if you don't want to sew, you could find a nice, soft material that doesn't unravel such as a fleece and cut squares or circles.  Decorative scissors would make them look nice, too.

I used Joann's regular cotton diaper fabric cut into 3x6 inch pieces folded over to 3x3.  As you can see (hopefully--just click on it to make it bigger)  from the photo below, they are sewn around the edges leaving a small opening to turn right side out.  Don't forget to clip the corners before turning.  I then top stitched  close to the edge around the entire outer edge. 

 Don't they look nice in there?

The only problem I had was figuring out what to do with the used ones in need of washing.  I didn't want to have to run to the hamper every time I used one, and they're so small I was afraid they'd be lost in the laundry.  My solution was to make a small voile bag to attach to the containers for the used pads.  The voile is airy enough to allow the pads to dry out preventing mildew.  If you don't want to make the voile bags, check the wedding section of craft stores.  They usually have small bags like this.

Here are the two in use at my house:

Yeah, the bottom one is a canning jar.  I embroidered an E on the diaper fabric for the top which worked well.  I have two sets of bags and pads for each jar.  The extra bags are stored in the drawer with the fresh pads in them.  When I put the towels in the wash, I take the voile bags as well and put up the fresh bags.  The voile bag goes into a lingerie bag for the delicate load and the pads go into a lingerie bag with the towels. Keeping the pads together in the bag is so much easier than trying to find them in amongst the towels.

I love the size of the pads, the cloth washes really well, it's good for the environment, and cheaper than continually buying pads.  Give it a try!


  1. This is just so cute! And you've displayed them so cute as well. :) Good for you for using this enviro-friendly way of removing make-up. :D

    Tnx so much for linking this good idea up at my party this weekend! :)

  2. Great idea! Love the canning jar idea too!

  3. What a great idea! I love the fact that you found the cute little bag to attach to the side. Thanks for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions. Hope you can stop by again soon :)

  4. That's a great idea! I love the monogrammed container too :)

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"!! :)

  5. That is so smart! I've seen makeup remover pads made of yarn, but was thinking it probably wouldn't be very effective so I never bothered trying them. But your idea? Absolutely brilliant! And it's eco-friendly, which is always a plus :)

  6. This is a fantastic idea! I hate throwing away things like that after just one use so making re-usable cloth ones appeals to me.