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How To Sew Your Own Reusable Cotton Rounds

How To Sew Your Own Reusable Cotton Rounds

Recently I’ve been very interested in trying to minimize the amount of waste I produce. I don’t believe I’ll ever achieve a zero waste lifestyle, but I certainly want to try my best. That’s why I’ve decided to switch to a menstrual cup, reusable pads and make my own reusable cotton rounds that can be washed in between uses. If minimizing your waste is something you’re interested in as well – make sure to keep reading 😊


How to make your own reusable cotton rounds

Cotton rounds have a variety of uses for makeup application, removal and even face cleansing. I personally use cotton rounds to remove stubborn eye makeup and applying toner to my skin after washing. I have noticed that a package of 30 can cost up to $4.00. Which means you’re paying around $0.15 per cotton round… it’s not much but it certainly can add up! You can easily lower the cost per use by creating your own reusable cotton rounds that can be washed plenty of times.

If you have basic knowledge of how to sew using a machine, then these cotton rounds are very simple to make. The hardest part is turning the fabric and trying to make it a perfect circle. Luckily because you will be flipping these inside out you won’t be seeing the seams!

What you need

  • Sewing machine with thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • A glass or a round object
  • Cotton fabric (I chose 100% organic cotton. You can use bleached cotton as well just make sure it is 100% cotton. Not a blend.)
  • A little bit of patience 😉

Step One: Stencil and Cutting

stencil and cutting cotton rounds

First, lay out your fabric on a large, flat surface like your dining table. Make sure that the fabric is folded over (you should have two layers!) Then use a round object of your choice to trace the circles. In this case I used a wine glass. A larger object will make it easier to sew.

Once you have the circles stenciled in (use chalk or a fabric marker!) You can cut out the squares of fabric and pin them. Make sure that all the pins are facing the same direction. You want to feed the fabric into the machine with the coloured pinhead toward you (check out the picture below!)

Step Two: Start Sewing

sewing cotton rounds

Notice how I have the pin heads closest to me? Make sure to keep it like that when you’re sewing in order to ensure that you can remove them easily. Also notice how I’m using purple thread? You should probably use white thread (I ran out!) In order to make sure that you cannot see the final seam as much.

Don’t sew the entire circle. You want to leave about a finger width opening in order to flip the cotton round inside out. This will hide the ugly seam! Once you have flipped it inside out you will need to sew the small portion that has been left open.

sewing reusable cotton rounds

When you flip the cotton round inside out try and grab it from the very back and pull it through the small opening. It’ll be so much easier to feed it through that way. If you leave a small tab at the bottom it will be easier to sew the small opening shut as well. Just make sure to fold in the excess fabric.

Reusable Cotton Rounds

reusable cotton rounds

As you can see, the purple thread really draws attention to the small seam at the bottom of the cotton round. Other than that they are very sturdy and don’t look half bad (if I do say so, myself!)

I made ten of these cotton rounds on Sunday afternoon. They aren’t difficult to sew as long as you have prior knowledge of how to use a sewing machine. Once you get the stencils cut and start to find your sewing mojo you can get through 6-10 of these pretty darn quick! Plus you’re one step closer to living a zero waste lifestyle 👍

Do you enjoy sewing? 

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    Wow very interesting post honey! I loved the handmade things!!! So cool


    Mónica Sors




  • This is actually really cool, I was having the same thoughts about waste when I went to Superdrug to buy two more packs of cotton rounds as I use it to apply my toner morning and night. I try to use both sides but even so, like you said, I burn through them pretty quickly and it is wasteful. From what I recall of Textiles in school I suck at sewing, but I definitely want to give this a go. Might have to get my Nan to help, thanks for sharing and well done for actually trying it out yourself. Great post, hope you had a lovely weekend xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • haha, yes the cost adds up! I haven’t sewn much since high school either and it’s actually pretty easy to get back into! A great way to refresh 🙂

  • SamanthaSeries

    Thats so cool 🙂 I would try this. How do you wash them, just in the washing machine?

    Samantha Series

    • Yup! So I put these in a mesh bag (they’re pretty small and like to “run” around in my laundry and get stuck in clothing!) and wash them with my washcloths and other linens. If you use them to remove makeup and are worried about staining you can soak them pre-wash as well 🙂

  • Damn, you are getting really good at these DIYs, Lindsey! I probably won’t do this as I don’t even low how to operate a sewing machine but this is a brilliant idea.

  • I’ve never thought of sewing my own cotton rounds but what a great eco-friendly idea. I really need to learn how to sew. For now I guess I’ll just stick with my organic cotton squares from Muji.

    • Haha, yes! Sewing is awesome. It’s a good feeling to know you made something yourself – you should definitely learn!
      Organic cotton squares are a good choice as well!

  • Bernadette

    You are the queen of DIYs. This thought never occurred to me, it really is such an environmentally friendly idea even though I am the type to be quite lazy and just purchase any affordable cotton rounds this is a very lovely idea.

  • Nina

    This is such a lovely idea, I’ve never thought about making my own, reusable cotton rounds.
    Nina’s Style Blog

  • No. I dont like sewing. At all. But I think this is a great idea, one that I might face my detest for sewing for. Or maybe talk my mother into doing it, she likes sewing. How do they perform? Do they absorb a lot of product?

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Haha, it definitely takes a lot of patience (especially when the thread is cheap and keeps breaking on you!) I haven’t used them for removing makeup yet, but I use them for toner every night and they work just like normal cotton rounds. Depending on the type of cotton you use, after washing they might start to get a little fuzzy. I think that’s because I used 100% organic, untreated cotton though.

  • I used to love sewing, I did textiles at school but haven’t sewn in ages! But how cool and interesting is this idea, I love the sound of it xx

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    Such a fantastic little tutorial, hun! 🙂 Unfortunately, I don’t own a sewing machine myself, nor have I ever used one! I do like the idea of these though, like you said cotton rounds aren’t exactly expensive but the costs do add up – I tend to use about four every evening when removing my makeup (I wear a lot, lold), so having re-usable ones would be very handy. 🙂 Would love to see more tutorials like these, darling! Hope you’re having a wonderful start to your week. xoxo


    • Thanks Kay! Wow! 4 Cotton rounds a day would definitely add up. Glad that you enjoyed – I hope to do more stuff like this now that I have the sewing machine 🙂
      Have a lovely day~

  • Ohhh this is such a good idea 😀 I might need to try this out!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

  • Wow I never really thought about making reusable cotton pads! I’ve actually really been into using muslin clothes, however they don’t always completely get off all my waterproof mascara so I need to go in with cotton pads. I’d love to try this out, I just need to somehow learn how to use a sewing machine or more so learn to sew first :] I guess I could use my Girl Guide skills and do it by hand! Lol


  • What a great idea! And I think one I may try out soon, did you use a flannel type? Or a rougher cotton? This looks like a great way to save some cash while also helping the environment!

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