Crochet Pattern: Facial Cleaning Pads

By Rachel Choi – 62 Comments
Why use cotton balls and disposable facial cleaning pads when you can crochet them? Save money and prevent excess waste by crocheting a bunch of these facial cleaning pads. They can be used just like regular cleaning pads that you buy in the store. Reused the pads by tossing them in the wash with your clothing or towels to be cleaned. These pads are super fast to crochet and can also make great gifts! crochet facial cleaning pad
Skill Level: beginner crochet skill level

Finished Size: 2 3/4″ (7 cm) diameter

Medium Weight Yarn (small amount)
Note: use cotton yarn for extra absorbency
Crochet Hook J (6.00 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge: Rounds 1 – 2 in pattern creates a circle 2 3/4″ in diameter

Crochet Pattern: Facial Cleaning Pad
Round 1: ch 4, 12 dc in forth ch from hook, sl st in top of beginning ch-3: 12 dc
Round 2: ch 3, 2 dc in each dc around, sl st in top of beginning ch-3, finish off: 24 dc

If you need help with the crochet instructions, let me know and I’ll be glad to help!

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  1. Karen Cooke says:

    Should that be 2dc in each dc in round 2?


  2. Melanie says:

    Hi. I was wondering what would happen if I actually do use acryllic yarn? It’s just that I have a lot of Red Heart in colors like orange that I’m trying to use up. would it work for these at all?

  3. Melanie says:

    Nice! ty

  4. Lucy says:

    Sweet! I just used mine and it works great.

  5. This is such a smart idea! I have fairly sensitive skin so I’m going to try baby yarn for this one. Thanks!

  6. anna says:

    Hi, love your work. Do you have a pattern for a hobo bag.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Anna, I don’t have a hobo bag pattern, but I’ll keep it in mind for when I go to make more patterns!

    • Kim Lunsford says:

      Hi Anna, If you haven’t found a Hobo Bag I did find one here on the Crochet Spot patterns. It is called “Perfect Fit Hobo Bag” by Claire and it is rated easy.

  7. Carmel says:

    Things like this were one of the reasons I started crocheting in the first place! 🙂 I bought a set of 7 of these on etsy, and when I showed them to a friend of mine she said they were one of the simplest things to make. That was when I started seriously considering learning to crochet. 🙂

    Flat circles are still one of my favorite things to make. In cotton they are great face scrubbies. Make them one round bigger and they will be big enough to put a wet bar of soap on- I call these soap doilies. Make them out of acrylic and they can replace scrubby sponges in your dishwashing- though people have warned against using them on non-stick pans, the acrylic is scratchy enough to scratch off the finish! (So I wouldn’t do them as face scrubbies unless they were VERY soft!)

    So, thank you, Rachel for posting about circle scrubbies! 🙂

  8. Karen says:

    Thanks, Rachel…I love this cute and easy pattern. Will start making some of these tonight. Go Green!

    Thanks again!

  9. Cindi says:

    What a great idea!! Thank you.

  10. Irene Schattel says:

    Thanks for the pattern of the pads. I hope I can crochet one.Irene

  11. Tracy says:

    This is a terrific pattern–thank you! I’m a knitter,but still a novice crocheter :o)

  12. Tamara says:

    I’m new to crocheting. Could you explain this pattern a little bit more? Thanks!

  13. Tamara says:

    Hi, Rachel,
    I guess I was looking for clarification on the pattern’s correction that I found in the comment thread. And do I join the chain in a loop? Thanks and sorry for such beginner questions. I knit but am trying to teach myself to crochet and I love this project.

  14. Rachel says:

    I corrected the mistake I made earlier. So the pattern you see now is correct. In round 2, you are going to make 2 double crocheting into each of the double crochets around the circle.

    In round 1, you do not join the chain in a loop. Instead you are going to make 12 double crochets into the forth chain from your hook. Then you are going to join the end of the round with the beginning by making a slip stitch into the top of the chain 3 that is at the beginning of the round.

    Let me know have more question!

  15. Irene says:

    I am so happy to have tried the wrist warmers. I will make some for the bizarre sale

  16. Tamara says:

    I just made one! My first successful crochet project! Thanks sooo much!

  17. hannah says:

    what a brilliant idea! I love that it’s green as well 🙂

  18. Sandra says:

    Thank you for these dishcloth patterns. I often use them for hot pads. I love the cotton yarn called “I Love This Yarn.” I find it at the Hobby Lobby.

  19. Gabbie says:

    Thanks so much! I love that these save money AND are green. 🙂 They’re great little gifts, too.

  20. msbabe says:

    Do you have a pattern for the dusting handles the refills are costly and not good for our landfills

  21. Carolyn says:

    After joining with the slip stitch on the second row, how do you finish off? How I did it was to connect with the slip stitch, then I pulled the yarn through to secure the slip stitch. After cutting the yarn, I wove it into the puff. It was bulky and didn’t look right. Please help! I must have done something wrong….

  22. HELEN says:

    After I used this facial pad (which I love), it stretches quite a bit and thus has rather large holes. I used cotton with the J hook. Any suggestions?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Helen, feel free to wash the scrubbies when you’re done using them. I like to put them in a netted bag in the washing machine and then into the dryer. Washing them in the machine seems to give the shape back for me.

  23. Brenda says:

    I just wanted to say, Thanks this is so cute and fuctional for everybody in the family.

  24. Dawn says:

    This is really wonderful. I was thinking of doing something like this out of some sort of fabric. But I like this idea better – it is fun to sit for just a few minutes and work on a few. I’m stocking up 🙂 Thank you.

  25. Yvonne says:


    I’ve just found this pattern and think it’s a fantastic idea! I go through so many cotton wool pads when taking off make up and cleansing, so this is a great idea for going green.

    One question (it’s probably obvious, but just to check!) – are these designed to be used just with water or can I use my usual cleansing lotions and beauty products with them?

    Thank you!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Yvonne, it’s up to you! If you do use your cleaning lotions on them, there is a chance that you’re yarn would get discolored but they are meant to be used and you can always make more , so why not? Have fun with them!

  26. Yvonne says:

    Thanks Rachel! I’m giving them a go!

  27. HELEN says:

    Do you charge a monthly membership fee to obtain pattern directions on your site?

  28. HELEN says:

    Is there any way to make the facial pad a little larger. I repeated the 2nd row and it came out wavy.

  29. Kim Lunsford says:

    Hi Rachel, Thanks so much for this idea. I use store bought cleanser pads every day. So now I can make several of these and wash them and save money now!

  30. Kathy says:

    I like the pattern for the facial pads could you use nylon thread?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Kathy, sure you can use nylon. Give it a try and lets us know how you like them 🙂

      • Kathy says:

        Thank you for your reply I actually did try that I make dish scrubbers out of nylon thread
        and these facial pads are good to use up leftovers I used size H and G to make them
        would the size be different with a J
        Thank you

  31. Mackenzie says:

    I think you should design flower or heart or butterfly or other fun shaped ones too!

  32. Angie says:

    Love this! Thanks so much! Needed a quick spur of the moment gift and this is perfect! I just made three in half in hour. 🙂

  33. Kenzie says:

    I just learned to crochet 3 days ago from a friend but i don’t get any of this

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Kenzie, congrats on learning to crochet! Please don’t feel discouraged if you don’t understands patterns yet, it takes some time to get used to reading them (I know it did for me). Here’s a post that may help you out: How to Read Crochet Patterns
      Also, let me know exactly which part you are stuck on and I’ll try to explain it further for you.

  34. Rami says:

    Mine – won’t – stay – flat! Any tips?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Rami, try to double check that you have the correct number of stitches on each round. The first round should have 12 dc, and the second round should have 24 dc. If there are too many stitches, it’ll cause the pad to ruffle up. If there are too little stitches, it’ll cause the pad to fold in like a cup.

  35. Belinda says:

    what brand of yarn did you use for the face scrubbie? if i use red heart super saver is that bad for the face? i don’t wanna mess up

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Belinda, I don’t remember the exact brand I used, but it was a 100% cotton yarn. You can use whatever brand you like though. Lots of kitchen and bathroom items are made with cotton yarn, but some folks prefer to use acrylic.

      • Belinda says:

        i was kinda doing some research. cotton is for faces and acrylic is for house stuff. cotton is softer im guessing? anywho, i love your patterns! no books have patterns like these! thanks! 🙂

  36. Dee says:

    If these scrubbies are for your face, what cleanser do you use on them to actually clean your face. I don’t use soap on my face. I’ve used facial wipes for years but don’t know what to use on these crocheted ones. Thanks!

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Dee, I actually use soap so maybe someone else you can give you a better answer 🙂
      I think there are non-soap cleaners out there, but I’m not sure of the brands.

  37. Billi says:

    Hi Rachel, I absolutely love, love this idea! I just have a couple of questions.
    Do you think this could be worked up using a “magic” circle instead of the chain 4?
    Could this be worked up using plarn to make kitchen scrubbies?
    I’m working some up right now as new mom gifts. 🙂
    Thanks for a great pattern, that works up so easily.

  38. Melinda says:

    love this pattern. used 2 strands of red heart supper saver yarn and a bigger hook. the pattern made a coaster to put a cup on. thanks for making this pattern.

  39. Adrienne says:

    At the end of row 1, when you say 12 dc…. what are you dc-ing into? I successfully did the rest of row 1, and slip-stitched it into ch3 from the very beginning. Now the dc…into what?? Thank you!!! =)

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Adrienne! The 12 dc at the end of the round that’s after the colon is the stitch count for the round. You don’t have to do another 12 dc, it’s just telling you how many dc you should have already made so that you can check your work.

  40. Nancy Eidson says:

    What a wonderful idea. I have only recently discovered crocheting cloths for kitchen and cleaning up but never facial scrubs! How smart you are to have thought of it, thank you!! This will save lots of money and will wash up really well. You could easily make one for each day so you’d never run out. Maybe even color code them for each family member.

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