How to make your own facial pads.

We have recently finished Plastic Free July, and one of the items I had to give up (due to it being packaged in plastic), was Cotton wool facial pads.

So I worked out ‘How to make your own facial pads’! Baring in mind I’m one of those people that see’s something and thinks, ‘Yeah I can make that’ – these are not perfect, but they work!

What you’ll need –

  • Quilting fabric
  • 2 layers of soft fabric
  • Pinking scissors
  • Sewing machine or sewing kit.


I had the quilting fabric and an old flannelette sheet in my ever growing fabric box. I could of used the cot sheet for both sides, but I wanted a nice pattern. Not having anything that was soft enough, I picked up this sweet forest patten at my local Haberdashery.

You could choose a few different patterns of fabric or keep it simple, it’s up to you – all I’d recommend is finding something that’s soft, and that’ll wear well.

The rest is so easy.

Layer up your fabric with the flannelette on the bottom, then the quilt, and top it off with your pretty fabric.

Cut ‘face pad’ size circles out of your fabric.

Finally sew around the edge using either a machine or by hand – If sewing by hand, make sure you use neat tight stitches, as once you start to use the pads the fabric is move around a bit.

As I said before, I’m not the best on the sewing machine, but this is what you end up with.

They work really well, and are nice and soft on my skin. When washing I recommend putting them in a small bag or pillow case.

For a first effort I’m pleased with how they turned out. If you’re an expert on the sewing machine and have any tips on how to sew in a small circle, please comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

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