DIY: Reusable make-up pads

Hello everyone,

One of my recent post was on zero waste home; and since we have attended a conference on this subject , we slightly start to reduce our waste with baby steps. Also, to avoid the spreading of my allergies using chemicals, I am progressively replacing my hygiene products with natural and eco-frienly products having less or better packaging.  Bye bye plastic bottle and hello cardboard and refilable glass bottles and jars.

To the same extent, I’ll now be using reusable cotton pads instead of the disposable type. As I am lazy, I tried to buy 1 or 2 sets on internet, but it was kind of expensive and shipping to Mauritius was equally expensive and unnecessary complications. So I’ve decided to make my sets of reusable pads. They are not as pretty as the ones that I found on the internet but they are okay for their use.

I made two sets of pads for logistic reasons. My man*makes the laundries at the end of the week because during weekdays we don’t have time to make it and hang out the washing. So all of our laundries are between friday night and sunday night. For this reason, I need 2 sets to make a rotation.

*Yes, my husband and only him makes the laundries, don’t ask me why, it’s like that since we met. It’s part of our organisation.


1 set equals to 5 big pads (face pads) and 8 small pads

Equipment and Material for 2 sets

  • 16 x 16 inch microfiber cloth in white, grey or cream color (this fabric is used for the cleanser side of the pads, choose the color you prefer for this side)
  • 8 x 8 inch cotton cloth of any color/design you want
  • 8 x 8 inch cotton cloth of any color/design you want
  • Cotton thread of any colour you want (I choose pink for 1 set and blue for the other one)
  • Needles
  • Cardboard
  • Scissor
  • Ruler or measuring tape (optional)
  • A pen (used to draw template circle on cardboard and to draw the line of the pads)
  • 2 objects with circular shape of different size -small and medium/big-, I used a small glass and a medium jar
  • Sewing machine


1. On your cardboard, draw with a pen 2 circles of different sizes, using your circular shape objects.


2. Cut around each circle with a scissor. Here you have your cardboard template to reproduce your big and small size pads.


3. Use your template to reproduce with a pen, circles on your microfiber cloth and your cotton cloth. Each fabric is for one side of the pad.


4. Cut the circles made on the different fabric.


5. Assemble 1 pad in microfiber with 1 pad of the other fabric you choose. I chose a grey microfiber cloth because I love mascara, and I didn’t want my pads to look dirty after some utilisation. If I had used light cloth, even with a good laundry, the pads would have been stained.


6. With a sewing machine, sew the edges of the assembled pads together, by using the zizgag point with a line. Do at least 4 turns from your starting sewing point. This is the result.


Note: I use two small bags in muslin to keep each set. I also put a small grey basket in my bathroom, this is where my dirty pads stay until the end of the week. I use the muslin bag to wash all the dirty pads of the week.

My grey basket is used to stash the dirty pads of the week, before the weekend laundries


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