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DIY: Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

Along with a lot of the population, Team Violet & Vine have become really interested in looking at what we can do to reduce the impact on the environment. We have been reading sustainability books, finding some great plastic free alternatives and overhauling all of our cleaning products to make them more natural.

Alongside wedding floristry, Julie is a whizz with a sewing machine and so we decided to use her skills to make some reusable makeup remover pads. They are very easy to make and look so pretty - although you can just use plain soft cotton if you don't have any patterned fabric handy.

All of us have been using, and loving them. After each use we will rub them with a little soap and run them under hot water which quickly gets them clean and means that they can be used a few times before popping in the washing machine - make sure to put them in a mesh bag so that they don't get lost in the washing machine ether!

Here's a very quick step by step guide as to how to make them - have a go or get in touch if you'd like us to make you a set.

What you will need:

  • Soft cotton fabric such as old t-shirts. You could use this for both sides of the remover pad if you prefer.

  • Patterned cotton fabric. We used remnants of cotton lawn and tana lawn which is very soft and fine, but you can use anything for this side of the makeup pad as it's really just decorative!

  • Coloured thread of your choice

  • Pins

How to make the pads:

1. Draw around a glass in the size of remover pad that you want to make - do this in both fabrics.

2. Cut out the circles and pin them together

3. Sew together - we used a double overedge stitch. This stops the patterned cotton lawn fabric from fraying, however the t-shirt material doesn't fray so any stitch is fine.

4. Pop them in a jar and enjoy using them time and time again!

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