Craft project: Reusable crochet and towelling makeup wipes

Get crafty and DIY these crochet makeup remover wipes and  mini face cloths — pretty usable alternatives to disposables. 

Words: Jane Wrigglesworth

Towelling Makeup Wipes

For this project you can reuse old towels or buy new towelling from a fabric store.


For each makeup wipe you need:
2 pieces of towelling (approximately 9cm x 9cm)
Matching thread


Step 1: Pin the 2 pieces of cut towelling right side together and pin. Using a straight stitch, sew around the edges with a 1cm seam allowance. Leave an opening about 4cm on one side to allow you to turn the towel the right way out.

Step 2: Before turning, trim the corners of your makeup wipe, so that there are no pointed corners. (Snip up to the seam allowance, but be careful not to cut into the stitching.) This removes the bulk at the corners and allows the fabric to sit flat when turned the right way out.

Step 3: Turn the towel the right way out and press. Fold and press the seams under where the gap is (the 4cm unsewn part) and hand-stitch closed.

Step 4: Top-stitch around the makeup wipe, about 1cm in from the edge.

Crochet Makeup Wipes

These crochet wipes can be washed and reused. They may shrink slightly after their first wash.


Cotton yarn
5mm crochet hook


ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet


Make a magic ring.
Round 1: 6 sc in ring, join to first sc with sl st.
Round 2: [2 dc in 2 st, 3 dc in 1 st], repeat twice, join to first dc with sl st..
Round 3: ch 2, dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each stitch to end of round, join to first dc with sl st.
Round 4: ch 1, sc in same stitch, [1 sc, 2 sc] to end of round, join to first sc with sl st.
Fasten off.

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