October is Sustainability Month. It is a good time for all of us to stop and really assess how many single-use items we purchase and use each day. There are an estimated 20 million pounds of single-use wipes disposed of each day. Included in that unimaginable amount of waste, are disposable makeup remover wipes.
Save some money and the planet by making your own reusable makeup wipes using scraps from your fabric stash.
For the “pretty” side of my makeup remover wipes, I’ve chosen to use a quilting cotton. It is easy to work with, and you likely have lots of scraps sitting around just waiting to be turned into something useful. You do not have to use quilting cotton, but I would recommend a non-stretch woven fabric of a similar weight.
For the back of my wipes, I chose to use a hand towel I’ve had for a while. It is still in great shape. It’s just not an attractive color anymore. You could purchase new terry cloth fabric if you don’t have a towel you’re willing to part with. Soft baby washcloths would also work great for the backs of these wipes.
Cutting Your Fabric
This project gives you so much freedom. You can decide how big you want your wipes to be, and what shape they will be. Circles or squares will be the easiest to work with. The dimensions are completely up to you as well.
To make these scrap-friendly, I chose to cut my fabric into 4-inch squares. You will need an equal amount of terry cloth and quilting cotton squares.
Assembling the Makeup Wipes
If you have a serger, this will probably be the quickest project you’ve ever made!
- Place the quilting cotton and terry cloth wrong sides together.
- Serge around the edges using a quarter-inch seam allowance. Secure the serger tails.
- You are done!
Sewing Machine Method
If you don’t have a serger, fret not! You can make these almost as easily on a regular sewing machine. You are just going to have a couple extra steps.
- Place the quilting cotton and terry cloth right sides together.
- Sew around the edges using a quarter-inch seam allowance, making sure to leave a gap (around 2-3” is fine).
- Turn the wipe right-side out using the gap you left in the seam. Tuck in the fabric at the opening so that it is even with the rest of the wipe. Press.
- Topstitch around the entire makeup wipe using a ⅛” seam allowance. Press.
That’s it! Even with having to turn and topstitch your project, it is still one of the fastest projects ever!
After using your reusable makeup remover wipes, you may machine wash and tumble dry them if your fabric has been preshrunk. Otherwise, you may wish to allow them to air dry or tumble dry on low.