Every weeknight, I put some EVOO on a cotton ball and use it to remove my eye makeup and eyebrow filler (let's be real, I rarely wear makeup on the weekend).
It's not that cotton balls are expensive, or hard to find, or inconvenient, but I started thinking about how I use at least one a day and just throw it away. I'd seen some other bloggers and natural living enthusiasts make these washable makeup remover pads, and seeing as I have tons of flannel fabric laying around thanks to my baby craft hobby, I decided to make some for myself.
I probably wouldn't have picked this fabric if I were going out to buy some, but hey, I'm all about using what I've got!
Full tutorial with images of the sewing process here.
All I did was use a roll of packing tape to trace a bunch of circles of the same size. I then cut them all out, and layered three pieces for my preferred thickness.
Tip: To ensure the layers end up the right way, put the first two with the right sides facing each other, then the third one on top can face either way.
First I used a straight stitch to secure the layers together, and left about a 1" hole so I could turn it right side out. Once I turned it, I did a zigzag stitch around the entire circumference to close the hole and flatten the circle down.
I didn't focus too much on how perfect the stitches were since they are just for my own use, so a few of them got a little wonky, but whatevs.
Place them in a cute jar or bowl next to your sink and you're ready to roll! I hung a little mesh bag from our towel rod in the bathroom to put the dirty pads in, and when it's time for laundry, I'll just throw the whole thing in the wash.
One more check off the box of being more sustainable! Don't worry though, I won't be making reusable toilet paper any time soon. #ew