I have been making reusable cotton rounds for a while now. I sell them on Etsy. They are very popular. People use them as reusable makeup removing wipes, to apply toner, to apply astringent, or with an essential oils recipe, for some examples. These make great eco-friendly gifts too.
- 100% cotton flannel fabric. (Or organic cotton flannel) It can be any color or pattern or solid white. One yard x 44 inches will make approximately 60 rounds
- A cutting mat
- A rotary cutting tool
- A 3.5 inch tracing stencil in a circle shape. You can make one by drawing a circle or tracing the bottom of a drinking glass close in size onto a cereal box or cardboard and cutting it out.
- An Overlock machine, sewing machine or serger
- Thread in a color to match your fabric
- Scissors to cut loose thread
1. Lay your cutting mat on a clean surface and lay your fabric on it so that you have two layers to cut through.
2. Place your circle stencil on the fabric in a way so that not much material is wasted.
3. Take the rotary cutter and trace and cut around the circle making sure you cut through both pieces.
4. Repeat until you have the amount of rounds desired. (Each round has 2 layers that will be sewn together.)
5. Make sure your type of machine is properly threaded. Take some scrap material and test your tension (see the owners manual of your machine for more information).
6. Take two of cut rounds and make sure they are lined up one on top of the other. On an overlock machine or serger, hold the material and turn as you sew. Serge all around the edges. Near the end, cross over the thread from where you started (to prevent frays) about half an inch. On a regular sewing machine, set the machine to sew zig-zags, then hold the material and turn as you sew. Sew all around the edges. Near the end, cross over the thread from where you started (to prevent frays) about half an inch.
7. Cut thread close to the cloth edge.
8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 for the remaining cotton rounds. If it is a gift, you could tie a ribbon on the bunch.
Washing instructions: Place in a netting or mesh bag and hang to dry. Wash with a load of laundry in that bag any temperature. Dry on normal setting. Do not use fabric softener to keep it soft feeling and more absorbent.
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