Scraphappy September

Still lots of cotton yarn left over from various blankets so I decided to make something useful for my friend’s birthday recently.

These ‘scrubbies’ are to use instead of cotton pads to take off make-up with your usual products or use to apply foaming cleanser and wipe off with the pad soaked in warm water.

You can just throw them in the washing machine and re-use.

I experimented with a few ‘styles’ first.

This doubled up heavily textured one is my personal favourite

You can find the free pattern on Ravelry here

However, the ones most like a cotton wool pad in size are probably these so I decided to whip up five for a gift, using leftover cotton yarn.

Plus they fit most nicely into the printable packaging labels I found on line.  I was going to give you the link but it says ‘not secure’ in the URL so didn’t want anybody loading any problems on to their devices. (Link to YouTube tute here though)

I think I’ll need to have quite a few in reserve before I can give up the disposable cotton pads completely but I’m working on it.

Of course I still have lots of scrap cotton yarn to use up.


Scraphappy Day is organised by Kate & Gun for anybody who wants to make new things from scraps of any kind – doesn’t have to be fabric or yarn.  Here’s a list of participants – both regular and occasional – if you want to have a look at the sort of things you can do with scraps.

Contact Kate (first name on the list) if you want to join in.

Kate Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn(me), Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

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  1. #1 by katechiconi on September 15, 2019 - 08:49

    I’ve been eyeing those on Pinterest and wondering if they do the job as well as cotton pads, and here you’ve answered my question. Since I’m not up to crocheting them myself (yet), I may have to invest in someone else’s making, particularly as I’ve used up all my chunky cotton yarn making face washers and dishcloths. Great scrappy project!

    • #2 by tialys on September 15, 2019 - 11:43

      Well, my findings so far are that the double layered heavily textured one (my favourite) is perfect for keeping in the shower and washing your face with, well, whatever you usually use to wash your face with.
      The small ones that I put in a wrap are the same size as usual cotton pads and good for taking off make up but are better with a creamier face cleanser as anything more liquid – like micellar water or eye make up remover – go straight through. I think, for those products I will make some out of fabric like towels, or cotton flannel as they will hold the runnier liquids better. I have a basket full of old towels and such just for this purpose – I will double up two layers and just serge round the edges – nothing fancy as they’ll just be for me.
      These would be the perfect beginner project and the YouTube video I recommended is by an excellent teacher – she goes slowly, speaks really clearly and I re-learnt crochet this way when I took it up again a few years ago. (the actual instructions start at 3:05 if you want to skip the blurb at the beginning).

      • #3 by katechiconi on September 15, 2019 - 12:13

        On the rare occasions I wear makeup, I resort to the pack of cotton pads I’ve had for at least 5 years, but at some stage, they’re going to be finished, and that’s when these would come in handy. I’ll have to watch that video…

  2. #4 by nanacathy2 on September 15, 2019 - 08:57

    Great use of scraps, to make something that replaces a disposable something, scraps for something reusable. brilliant.

    • #5 by tialys on September 15, 2019 - 11:35

      I need lots but I do have lots of cotton yarn scraps so that’s O.K. then. 😀

  3. #6 by thecontentedcrafter on September 15, 2019 - 09:30

    That’s another brilliant use for cotton yarn scraps. I’ve made little face cloths in the past but have purchased the yarn especially for them – this is the perfect idea to use up the leftover yarn from those items. There’ll not be a scrap of idle cotton in our stashes at this rate 😀

    • #7 by tialys on September 15, 2019 - 11:34

      I’d say those small ones only take about 3 or 4g of dk cotton and it doesn’t matter if you join in another colour does it?

      • #8 by thecontentedcrafter on September 15, 2019 - 20:06

        Quite so – and I just woke up thinking about them which is always a sign I’m about to jump in …. 😀

      • #9 by tialys on September 15, 2019 - 23:25


  4. #10 by claire93 on September 15, 2019 - 10:13

    oh wow! a great way of using scraps and making a perfect present at the same time. Looks fab with the label you printed out too!

    • #11 by tialys on September 15, 2019 - 11:22

      There are lots of pretty printable labels to be found free online and I think those little touches really help make a gift look a bit more exciting than they really are.

      • #12 by claire93 on September 15, 2019 - 14:10

        I’ll have to go browsing then! Got quite a few ideas milling around in my head for xmas present crafting, and would be nice to give gifts little labels.
        Today’s job . . . I’ve started work on making some new dog beds and think neighbour’s Labrador, Moka, deserves a new bed for xmas!

      • #13 by tialys on September 15, 2019 - 23:30

        There’s some quite general ones too which say things like ‘hand crocheted for you’ and stuff like that. Then you can print them out on plain or fancy paper and decorate them with little buttons or whatever. Have fun!

  5. #14 by Laurie Graves on September 15, 2019 - 16:04

    Woo-hoo! What a great present!

    • #15 by tialys on September 15, 2019 - 23:28

      I’m going to try to get a couple of packs done for raffle prizes at the dog refuge fund raiser lunch I’m going to next week. I think they’ll go down quite well.

  6. #17 by kathyreeves on September 15, 2019 - 16:25

    This is brilliant!

  7. #19 by magpiesue on September 15, 2019 - 20:44

    That’s a great use of leftover yarn! I have a small rectangular bit of knitting or crochet I was given that has come in handy in a similar way. Smaller than the hand knitted dish cloths I also have. I never expected it to be so useful but now I know! I have to say, that packaging is pretty impressive too.

    • #20 by tialys on September 15, 2019 - 23:23

      Surprising what a difference a bit of cartridge paper with some printed writing on it can make isn’t it?

  8. #21 by Born To Organize on September 16, 2019 - 07:02

    What a clever idea! I love the package label you whipped up as well. Isn’t this vast web amazing? It seems we’ ve come full circle, or at least we’re on our way, from all disposable, all the time, to truly reuse and reduce. Delightful!

    • #22 by tialys on September 16, 2019 - 11:04

      Let’s hope we’ve not left it too late.

  9. #23 by Kim on September 16, 2019 - 11:16

    I made some of these a Christmas gifts a few years ago and has forgotten about them. They really are a good use of scraps, and we all seem to be doing our bit so hopefully the tide is turning.

  10. #25 by tinaor on September 16, 2019 - 23:44

    I heard about these ‘green’ cotton pads only last week – then saw some for sale at a craft fair on Saturday. Great idea. Now I need to learn how to crochet in a circle! I can do granny squares and half triples in a row when making a blanket.

    • #26 by tialys on September 17, 2019 - 08:45

      If you can already crochet squares, little rounds will be no problem for you. If you follow the link to the video I put in the post, she walks you right through the three rounds it takes to make these and she uses both U.S. and U.K. terms.

      • #27 by tinaor on September 21, 2019 - 15:26

        It’s on my list of projects, thanks x

  11. #28 by KerryCan on September 17, 2019 - 13:20

    I like the looks of those fat ones! I’ve wondered about using really short scraps and knotting them so that the soft knots might have a slight exfoliating effect–what do you think? I’d probably weave with it, instead of crochet, but I really like the idea of turning waste thread into something useful.

    • #29 by tialys on September 17, 2019 - 15:21

      The fat ones are good and the bobbly bits on them are supposed to be for gentle exfoliation purposes. I’ve made some kitchen scrubbies using jute which work very well on pans but might be an exfoliation too far on skin. Knots sound good but I’m wondering whether those wouldn’t make an even better body puff thingy – you know those plastic net ones you use in the shower that work very well but I’m trying to avoid because well, plastic. I can’t visualise your knots but wonder whether lots tied together would hold shower gel/soap and produce a good lather and how long it would take to dry out. Just thinking out loud really.

  12. #30 by CurlsnSkirls on September 17, 2019 - 15:27

    Love your scrubbies, Lynn, and will be making use of these ideas soon!

  13. #31 by Joanne S on September 28, 2019 - 16:56

    I rather liked the doubled up heavily textured ones myself, before reading further that they were your personal favorites, too. The packaging looks so professional! As I do not knit or crochet; maybe I can find something like this at our local craft fairs coming up soon. They’d make excellent gifts.

    • #32 by tialys on September 30, 2019 - 10:04

      I think craft fairs are good places to find such things if you con’t crochet/knit. Otherwise, if you have some ‘past their best’ towels you could cut out circles, join two together and blanket stitch or serge round the edges so recycling something at the same time.

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