100% Cotton Rounds – Make it Yourself!

Hello to you all!

I hope life has been treating you well. It has been a rough few weeks over here and I’m happy to finally get an opportunity to share this Make It Yourself tutorial for Reusable 100% Cotton Rounds.

These rounds can be used in countless ways! You can use them to remove makeup, as a facial scrub when coupled with face wash, as a nursing pad, or even as baby wipes. Talk about being versatile!

About a month or so ago, my friend, Bertha, from high school, reached out to me. She was curious to know  if I could make her some of these cotton rounds using her infant son’s cloth diaper flats. Bertha is all about living a minimalist lifestyle and she focuses on researching healthy alternatives for every day things we normally use that may pose a risk to our environment and/or our health. Her goal is to reduce waste in whatever ways she can and to inform and encourage others to do the same though consuming less and in turn, living more. She’s amazing! And I admire her for her efforts to change the world with one conscious decision at a time…

Bertha was originally going to order these cotton rounds from an etsy seller, but thought to reach out to me first and see if I could make them instead since I sewed.

Her gesture and thoughtfulness touched my heart! While speaking with her, it became clear that she loves supporting small businesses and people she knows personally in whatever ways she can. How sweet is she?!? That’s what life is all about after all – supporting one another and helping one another to do what we love! Her support meant the world to me. Feel free to check out her brand new blog here or follow her on IG @ ecofitmama.

So… truthfully, these cotton rounds are fairly easy to make.  However, they can be a little time consuming. Because of their circular shape, they require hands-on manipulation while going through the machine… and I found myself having my eyes glued to the needle the whole time…

Tools needed:

  • Soft Cotton Fabric
  • 100 % cotton thread
  • Glass jar with a lip that measure 3″ + diameter
  • Rotary Cutter or Scissor
  • Pins
  • Cutting mat
  • Sewing Machine with an overlock stitch.
  • Iron


  •  Draw a 3 inch circle on paper and cut it out. This will be your template.
    *Helpful tip*- Use a glass jar with a 3+ inch diameter where the lid screws onto the jar, trace around the opening… and ta-da… a circle!
  • After cutting out your template, lay it on your fabric and cut through the fabric by using either a rotary cutter or a scissor. I used a rotary cutter. The rotary cutter can damage your cutting mat though due to the angles and curves that are required to cut out the circle, but it’s all good because I have plan! There are two sides to my cutting mat so I’ll just use the other side when I have to cut out delicate fabrics and such. No biggie!

Cutting the circles out for reusable cotton rounds.

I used pins to secure two pieces of the fabric to make these double layered. The pins kept each round separate from the others so when it was time to sew, I just had to pick it up and sew without worrying if I had 3, 4, or 5 layers of fabric pieces stuck together. This streamlined my work flow and ultimately proved to be a time saver.

Cutting the circles out for reusable cotton rounds.

Soon, the rounds started adding up… and I continued cutting until all the fabric was used up! Cotton rounds all cut out and ready to sew using an overlock stitch

On my machine, I changed my presser feet to the one that I needed to use for an overlock stitch. An overlock stitch is necessary because it prevents the woven fabric from fraying into nothing-ness…

Machine settings for reusable cotton rounds - LOVEMADE HANDMADE

For stitch width, I used a 5.5. And for the stitch length, I set my machine to a 1.8. This was necessary because the closer the stitches, the better job it would do at preventing fraying. And boy does this fabric fray! I stitched over each rounded edge twice – to make sure the rounds wouldn’t fray much when it’s washed.

If you end up making these, don’t forget to rotate your rounds as it’s going through the machine to ensure a nice even edge. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but it sure is fun trying to master it!

I sewed and sewed… and ended up making 52 of these babies!

After I was done sewing them all up, I had to iron each one to help the thread settle into the fabric and to help flatten out the rounds.  These rounds tend to curl in around the edges so ironing gets rid of that and gives it the shape you’re aiming for.

Ironing the cotton rounds to get them nice and flat! - LOVEMADE HANDMADE

Cotton rounds laying flat after ironing. Ready to tie with a bow and deliver to my friend!

Here are a few pics of the cotton rounds all done and tied with a bow! Don’t they look cute? 🙂

Reusable 100 % Cotton Rounds all tied up with a bow! LOVEMADE HANDMADE

Reusable 100 % Cotton Rounds all tied up with a bow! LOVEMADE HANDMADE

Reusable 100 % Cotton Rounds all tied up with a bow! LOVEMADE HANDMADE

Hope these cotton rounds inspire you to start thinking about ways to reduce waste and begin using eco-friendly items. Whether it’s for your home or for your beauty-care needs, we can all think of ways to be conscious about our future purchases. One simple change can reduce trash in our landfills and chemicals in our bodies… and who wouldn’t be in favor of that? So why not challenge ourselves to start thinking about these things? And make little changes here and there to reduce, re-use, and recycle…

 Love Always & Happy Sewing,

Karina ♥

About The Author

Karina Moran

I’m a homeschooling mom of 4 & I love creating HANDMADE garments and things! Follow my adventures at www.lovemadehandmade.com.


  1. Kristina | 29th Apr 17

    These are so cute and look easy to make! Perfect for nursing pads and face clothes too! Can use with a face wash or even a toner.

  2. Melissa | 29th Apr 17

    Those rounds are so perfectly done. You have such a great creative style when it comes to sewing, I am sure you could stitch anything.

  3. Terri | 29th Apr 17

    I am in love with these. I would love to make these, but I don’t have much time for this sort of thing right now. If I could find them in an Etsy store, I would buy them!

  4. jessi | 29th Apr 17

    What an awesome idea! I bet this would save SO much money in the long run, because I know we go through cotton swabs like they are going out of style.

  5. roxy | 29th Apr 17

    What a fun and easy project! I feel like it’s so wasteful the way I use disposable pads for makeup remover, these would be great to have!

  6. karen | 29th Apr 17

    Wow – I am impressed with your skills and mindfulness in making these cotton rounds! I love the goal about making them, so might have to bookmark this for later when I have more time!

  7. Victoria | 30th Apr 17

    These are so cute and seem like they are so easy to make, also I am absolutely in love with how pretty your blog looks!

  8. Seattle Travel Blogger | 30th Apr 17

    These look great to me.
    What excellent uses we could put them to!

  9. Angela Tolsma | 30th Apr 17

    What an interesting idea. I would never have thought to make reusable ones. Wish I had a sewing machine!

  10. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories | 30th Apr 17

    What a fantastic idea and a frugal and ecofreindy way to recycle what you already have.

  11. Lara | 30th Apr 17

    Love the idea of reusing to make something new and cute. See someone mentioned in another comment and agree – these would make for perfect nursing pads!

  12. Jeanine | 30th Apr 17

    Oh how awesome! These would be great to make. I have a sewing machine, all packed away only used a few times I think this would be a lot of fun to try out.

  13. Cindy Ingalls | 1st May 17

    Such a smart idea. As a beauty lover, I definitely know the my carbon footprint can be a little large. Anything I can do to cut that down is worth giving a try.

  14. Cassie Tucker | 1st May 17

    This is a great idea for my personal makeup kit! I go through way too many cotton rounds and this would reduce so many costs and waste!

  15. tasha | 1st May 17

    What a great idea! Not only are they great for the environment they will save a lot of money too! I ned to get my hands on these! Have you thought about selling them? If so, I would love to purchase some.

  16. Kelly | 1st May 17

    What a great idea! I love finding ways to make things at home that we would otherwise toss out and spend more money on.

  17. Carol Cassara | 1st May 17

    This sounds amazing. Just goes to show that there are plenty more ways that we can save the environment. I think these are a must have.

  18. Amanda Rosson | 2nd May 17

    What a great idea!! I love how easy they are to make and all the different ways you can use them!

  19. reesa | 2nd May 17

    I love using cloth products. These look so nice for your skin! I would love some! They’d be great for taking off your make up!

  20. lydia | 3rd May 17

    I love love love this idea! I use cotton rounds all the time to remove makeup, but I end up going through so many. I’ll have to try this out!

  21. Laura Abbott | 20th Nov 17

    Karina-what would you think about making squares ? I know they would be much easier to sew and cut-but not use for nursing pads!

    • Karina Moran | 23rd Nov 17

      Hey Laura! Squares can probably be used just as well. I think they’ll be a quick and easy sew actually – and you could probably hide the stitching easily. Great idea! I’ll give them a try soon and see how it works out.

  22. Maru Reynoso | 18th Oct 18

    I want to switch to cloth pad for make Up removal.
    How do you wash a soiled with oil or cold-cream and lash mascara flanel or cotton cloth…??
    I am wondering…..
    Thank you…!!

    • Karina Moran | 18th Oct 18

      Hello there, Maru! ? I’d recommend washing it on hot with your favorite fragrance free detergent.

  23. Sue | 23rd Feb 19

    A great idea,. Just a thought make them square instead of round , it’s a more economical use of fabric, and easier to sew.

  24. Sophie | 21st Jul 19

    Hi Karina, I absolutely love this idea, I’m look for ideas for a more sustainable lifestyle. If a sewing machine doesn’t have an overlock stitch what would you recommend doing instead?

    • Karina Moran | 22nd Dec 19

      a simple zig-zag stitch would work just fine.

  25. Evie | 30th Mar 21

    Ahhh! These are so beautiful and neat! I made some cotton rounds myself and overlocking them is indeed difficult! I learnt a lot from reading this thank you.

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