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Eco Makeup Remover – Zero Waste

How many dollars have you spent on makeup remover pads. The time has come to take control of our spending habits and make a difference in the world. I am a firm believer that we can make a difference, every little bit we do to protect the environment is a step in the right direction.

My daughter is a great no fantastic makeup artist and she uses makeup remover pads all the time. Sometimes a couple times a day, she loves to try out new looks and this requires the removal of her makeup to do a new look.

When she is doing a photo shoot she has usually more than 3 or 4 models at a time. Doing their makeup all in one sitting. It would be a great cost savings for her to have a bag full of my DIY makeup removers that she can just throw in the wash after the photo shoot.

She did purchase the Face Halo Makeup Removers (Pack of Three). It is like a plush towel in cotton round form. It works by using water to scrub off her mascara and foundation. She loves them and uses them everyday. She just uses soap and water to clean them out after she uses them so they are ready for the next day.

I took the initiative to research what would be a reusable alternative that I could make DIY and save her some money. I decided to use flannel. It is very durable and will last a long time. Besides it is very soft to the touch.

I understand that we live busy lives and we live in a society of convenience. You can find just about everything to use once and throw it in the landfill. Where I live they have said that the land fill will be full in about three years.

What you will need

  • 1 yard of flannel, 1/2 yard of your style and 1/2 yard of white or cream.
  • Rotary Cutter or Scissors
  • Sewing Machine and Thread
  • Disappearing Marking Pen
  • Iron


  • 6 inch x 6 inch
  • 4 inch x 4 inch
  • 3.5 inch x 3.5 inch


Layer your flannel on top of each other (rights sides together). Putting the right side of the flannel pieces together it will save you time when sewing. Begin by cutting a row of 6 inch, a row of 4 inch and a row of 3.5 inch strips.

You will need about 1/2 yard of flannel fabric for each side of the makeup removers. This will give you 7 4×4 7 3×3 and 5 6×6 makeup removers.


When all the squares are cut you will need to mark where the opening will be so you can turn them inside out. Make a mark one inch from the sides on the smaller makeup removers and two inches one large remover. I used a disappearing marker to make these marks, but you could use a pencil.

Sew all the squares. I used a walking foot to help the fabric not slide out of place. Remember to leave an opening to turn them inside out.

TIP: Most quarter inch presser feet have marks on them that show you where to stop sewing to get an exact 1/4″ seam allowance. Even my walking foot has the marks.

Being careful not to cut the threads, cut the corners off the squares. Below I went a step further and cut one side closer to the seams. Allowing the fabric to be less bulky after being turned.

Putting your thumb inside the square as close to the corner as possible and grabbing the other side with your index finger turn right side out and press with your iron.


The look ready to use right? Not quite. The opening that allowed you to turn them right side out needs to be closed.


A small top stitching of 1/8″ will work fine to close the opening and allow the makeup removers to be washed over and over again. I did a double row of top stitching because I thought it looked cool.

TIP: If you snip the threads on the printed side of your pad and then pull the threads slightly on the white side it hides the threads.

Your stack of makeup remover pads looks so great. They are ready to use with your choice of makeup remover or just water.

Ready to Use

No more store bought makeup remover pads. Penny pinching at its best.

Tie them up with a colorful ribbon and put them in a small container to give as a gift for Mothers Day, Birthday, or Just Because thank you.

I encourage you all to give these a try and save the environment and help your budget along with have a great product to remove your makeup.

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