Sew A Spa Set Series #6: Sew Reusable Cotton Pads

As we all start to look at simple ways we can reduce our waste, the bathroom is a great place to make some simple swaps! Did you know that disposable make up remover pads can often contain plastic?! Switching to reusable cotton pads is a quick and easy swap to help reduce your waste.

This tutorial is part of our  Sew A Spa Set Series – check the  Intro post  to see what else you can make for a relaxing day or evening pampering yourself, or a loved one and would make a great gift.

This project is also a great little scrap buster!

Reusable cotton pads

We’ve used bamboo towelling rather than cotton towelling here (but who’s heard of Bamboo Pads?!) so we’re using poetic license when we’re calling these cotton pads…

There’s a good reason why we’re using bamboo though – it’s far more sustainable than cotton. Read more about Bamboo Towelling’s eco-credentials in our full guide here

Read our 13 Tips for Sewing with Bamboo Towelling Fabric here

There are 6 items that make up the Spa Set and if you’re pushed for time, each of these handmade items would make a great small gift on their own.

Request the Sew a Spa Set Series Templates here

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You can use out template or size up, or change the shape to a square (and make up using the same process) to make reusable baby wipes or rounds.

We hope you enjoy sewing and gifting these handmade items!

Important Notes:
  • 1cm /  ⅜” seam allowance throughout, unless directed.
  • We used an overlocker to finish our seams. If you don’t have an overlocker check out this post for other seam finishing options
  • For steps using machine sewing, straight stitch, backstitching at the start & end using stitch length 2.5 unless otherwise stated.
  • Prepare your fabrics as per manufacturer’s care advice – we recommend pre-washing all fabrics used in this project as they will be used to make items that will be washed frequently

To make One Reusable Cotton Pad

Sewing Kit You Will Need:

There’s a full written and photo tutorial below, but why not check out our quick summary video before you start sewing?

Making the Reusable Cotton Pads

1. Pre-wash your fabrics

We recommend pre-washing all fabrics used in this project as they will be used to make items that will be washed frequently

2. Print the cotton pad templates

Print off the Spa Set Templates ensuring you print at 100%. If you haven’t already, request your pattern here.

Please note: This free pattern has been sized to print on A4 paper.

3. Cut your fabrics & notions

To make one pad cut out:

  • 1x Circle from Bamboo Towelling
  • 1x Circle from Patterned Cotton
  • 1x Back loop from Patterned Cotton
4. Assemble The Cotton Round

Sew the loop

  • On the loop pattern piece, fold the long edges over 1cm / ⅜” and press.
Making the makeup rounds step 1

  • Fold the entire rectangle lengthwise again to the middle and press.
Making the makeup rounds step 2

  • Top stitch down both sides of the rectangle.
Making the makeup rounds step 3
Making the makeup rounds step 4

Assemble the pad

  • Pin the rectangle to RS (right side) of the Cotton fabric circle of your pad. Make sure there is a little space to slide your fingers between the loop and the pad, this will mean the loop is not flat against the pad.
Making the makeup rounds step 5

  • Baste the edges where the rectangle meets the circle edge.
  • Place the bamboo towelling circle RS together with the Cotton circle, sandwiching the loop in between. Pin in place and stitch around the circle with a 1cm / ⅜” seam allowance, leaving an opening to turn it out the right way.
Making the makeup rounds step 6
Making the makeup rounds step 7

  • Pink or clip the seam allowance. Turn the pad out through the opening you left. 
Making the makeup rounds step 8

  • Fold in the seam allowance at the opening.
  • Top stitch 3mm / ⅛” around the edge of the circle to finish and close the opening.
Making the makeup rounds step 9
Making the makeup rounds step 10

And you’re finished, well done!

We’re nearly there! We hope you’ve enjoyed our Sew A Spa Set Series so far. The very last tutorial is a Round Makeup Bag to store all of your handmade goodies in!

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