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Crochet makeup remover pads pattern

Swap out those cotton pads for reusable ones with our crochet makeup remover pads pattern!

how to make reusable cotton pads

We’re all about sustainable living here at Mollie and you’ve probably seen eco-friendly products are sweeping the beauty industry. Whether you’re swapping to a reusable dishcloth or making your own DIY natural lip balm, there’s loads of ways every one of us can lower our impact on this little planet we call home. Since we’re so passionate about becoming more green we thought we’d ask the lovely Lyndsey Haskell to make a crochet makeup remover pads pattern for you! Cotton farming, unless organic, has a huge negative environmental impact and uses lots of water and chemicals in the farming process. Thousands of makeup remover pads end up in landfills every year but Lyndsey’s crochet makeup remover pads pattern will help to tackle that. Crocheting your own little puff stitch granny circle as an alternative is not only good for the planet but also good for your bank balance.

After you’ve used each cotton pad once or twice, pop them into the washing machine with the laundry and they can be used again. Use the coloured pads for removing make-up and the white ones for applying toner. You really can use these reusable makeup pads for anything – plus it’s a great stash-busting project! We also think these crochet makeup remover pads would make great stocking fillers or little gifts for eco-friendly pals. Pair it with our DIY makeup bag and homemade bath bombs for a lovely beauty set.

This project was created by Lyndsey for Mollie Makes magazine – for more easy-make craft projects and creative inspiration, subscribe to Mollie or click here to find out more.




The finished pads are approximately 5cm (2″) across, they may shrink a little after the first wash. Just make a dense pad.


You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.

  • puff st yo, insert hook into stitch, pull yarn through, do the same 4 more times then pull your yarn through all 11 loops on the hook, close the puff with a chain

The pads are worked in the round.

If you’re new to crochet then don’t worry. We have a crochet for beginners guide which will teach you all the techniques and stitches you’ll need for this crochet makeup remover pads pattern. We’ve also rounded up the best crochet hooks too! 

Crochet makeup remover pads pattern


You Will Need

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle

Total time:

Step 1

Foundation ring ch4, then join with a sl st to the first stitch to form a ring. For more help, head to our how to crochet a round tutorial which takes you through each step.

Round 1 ch1, *1 puff stitch, ch1; repeat from * 7 times (8 times in all), join with a sl st to the top of the first puff st and move with a sl st into the gap between the first and second puff st (8 puff st)

Step 2

Round 2 ch1, 2 puff st into first ch-1 space, then 2 puff st into each ch-1 space all the way round. Note that you don’t chain between the stitches like you did on the first round. Once you have 16 puff st, join with a sl st to the first puff st (16 puff st)
Sew in the ends to finish, then repeat to crochet as many as you like.


We hope you’ve enjoyed using Lyndseys crochet makeup remover pads pattern. Make a few more and hide them in your pal’s washbag, or keep for yourself in a dressing table jar. These reusable cotton pads are the one.

For more eco-friendly projects check out our sustainable crafts and our recycled craft ideas for adults. We’ll even teach you how to make beeswax wraps! Tag us in your pictures on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.