DIY: Reusable Cotton Rounds

For years I have been using these little cotton rounds to remove nail polish, makeup and tone my face, and they go so quickly because I use around 2 a day, and sometimes more if I’m wearing makeup. Each time I buy these, they come in packs of around 60 or so, and each time, they come wrapped in plastic! I’ve been able to find some reusable ones online made from cotton fabric, but I don’t fancy spending money on them, so I decided to make my own!


I am by no means a great sewer (I didn’t inherit the sewing gene from my Nonna unfortunately) but I thought I would give it a try anyway! And to me it doesn’t matter if the stitches are perfect and even, because they’re just for me and they’ll do the same job even if they’re a little wonky. The one on the right of that photo is the first one I made, and I couldn’t figure out why it was turning out so bad! Then, after a few attempts, I found out that making the stitches closer together was key to a pretty cotton round! The phase practise makes perfect could not be more true here!

All you need is:

  • needle and thread
  • 1/2 a meter of fabric- I choose a cotton wool blend because it felt really soft and you want a fabric thats delicate against your skin
  • scissors
  • a drinking glass



After I bought the fabric, I realised that I could have used an old, soft t-shirt that I never wear, and repurpose it. I would recommend that only if you have one thats nice and soft, it’ll save a bit of money and also save that t-shirt from ending up in land fill! I chose a white fabric because when I take off my makeup, I like to see how much there is left on my skin, and coloured patterns might make it hard to do that.

  1. You want to wash your chosen fabric before you use it so it stretches and is more manageable
  2. Measure out the circle you want by firmly pressing down the glass against the fabric. This will leave a circle imprint on the fabric, letting you cut a perfect circle without having to draw on the fabric first!
  3. Once you have your two circles you can sew them together by using a super simple blanket stitch. If you don’t know how to do that, you can watch a video here. Sew around the edge of the two circles, which will bind them together while creating a very pretty pattern!

These should last you for a long time if you care for them properly. They can be washed with your normal clothes, just pop them into a delicates bag so you don’t loose them in the wash!

If you give this ago, don’t forget to share yours on social media so others see your great work towards reducing waste, and tag me @The_BlueScientist so I can see how amazing you’ve done! Feel free to contact me via the contact page or at my Instagram if you have any questions!

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