As an eco-friendly business I am always looking at ways to improve my business and make it more efficient. Producing less waste is so important both for the environment and my workspace!

Sewing regularly I ended up with lots of small pieces of fabric leftover from other projects. I went on the hunt for ideas and one of the first things I came across was how to make wipes. This is how I expanded into making reusable make up wipes!

Step by Step guide to make reusable make up wipes

There are many ways to make reusable face wipes with many different shapes and patterns. The end product all depends on how much effort you want to put into making them. Or how perfect you want them to look! If you are making them for personal use I wouldn’t recommend getting too hung up on achieving a perfectly round circle!

Lets Begin

Before we get started you will require some equipment. Although you can make reusable wipes on a regular sewing machine we would recommend an overlocker. Through lots of trial and error, they are simply the most efficient, secure and neatest way we have found to produce reusable face wipes.

  • Overlocker
  • Sewing Pins
  • Scissors / Rotary Cutter
  • Biro Pen

Step One – Choose your fabrics

If you’ve seen the range of fabrics we used in our face wipes you’ll know this is my absolute favourite step! We recommend using 3 layers of fabric. This creates a slightly thicker pad. This helps with absorbance and to hold its shape.

  • Top Layer – 100% cotton or cotton lycra – patterned or plain whatever you prefer.
  • Core Layer – brushed cotton – any colour, this layer wont be seen anyway.
  • Back layer – microfleece / bamboo fleece / brushed cotton – the fabric you choose for this layer is down to personal preference.
    For sensitive skin we prefer to use bamboo fleece but this is the more expensive option.
    This layer should contrast the top layer. You can think of it as ‘Smooth on top / a little rough on the bottom!’

Step Two – Face wipe pattern

Once you have chosen your 3 fabric layers, you need to decide on your pattern / shape of your makeup wipes. The easiest way to find is to simply find a circle or your favourite wipes to draw around. We’d recommend nothing smaller than the palm of your hand. This is simply because the smaller they are, the easier we found they get lost!

Using a pen draw the shape of your wipe onto your top layer only. Then cut out similar size from all the other fabrics too.

Step 3 – Sewing layers

Attach all 3 layers securely together ready for sewing. You can do this by using sewing pins or temporary fabric glue spray whichever you are most comfortable with.

Using the your circle shape as a guide, sew around the edge. An overlocker will give the perfectly stitched edges.

If you don’t have an overlocker and are not worried about how the edges look you can simply leave them raw. Or turn and stop stitch (don’t forget to leave at least a fingers width to turn with if using this technique!)


And you’re done, it really is that simple!

Ok so the perfect circle may take a while to master but hopefully this gives you a starting point to have a go for yourselves!