DIY Exfoliating Face Wash Pads

DIY Fiber Arts


If you are anything like me, you love having your face feel fresh and clean! Those exfoliating face scrubbers that you find at stores not only feel like you are scrubbing your face with a Brillo pad, but they are so expensive! Why pay a small fortune to damage your delicate skin with rough scrubbers made from man-made materials when you can make your own at home for a fraction of the cost, and using the materials that you want! You can make it as rough or soft as you want for your own personal needs, and at pennies per pad!

To start, you will need a basic understanding of how to crochet.  If you aren’t sure about how to crochet, there are tons of tutorial videos available on the web. Get a crochet hook that feels good in your hand, some yarn, a pair of scissors and spend a little while learning the art of crochet and getting comfortable with the technique.  Once you are comfortable with how to crochet, this tutorial should be easy to follow!

Yarn and Scissors
Yarn and Scissors

You will need:

  • Yarn
  • a small piece of waste yarn in a contrasting color
  • Crochet hook
  • Scissors


Magic Loop
Magic Loop

Step 1:

Make a magic loop. For those unfamiliar with a magic loop technique, you do NOT make a knot or pretzel stitch to start it! You make a loop with the yarn around your fingers, as shown in the photo to the right.



Create a Stitch Around The Loop
Create a Stitch Around The Loop
Hold Firmly

Step 2:

Hold the yarn firmly with your thumb and loop around your magic loop to catch the working yarn and make a stitch, as shown in the photos to the right.



12 Single-Hitches
Loop Around For Stitches

Step 3: 

Make 12 single-hitch stitches along the loop to make the first row. Hold the loop firmly and work from right to left as normal, but looping around the magic loop and the tail as well to create your stitches, as shown to the right.


Pulled Tight
Pulling The Tail

Step 4:

Pull the tail firmly to bring the stitches around into a tight circle.


Row Marker
Row Marker

Step 5:

Stick your contrast yarn in between the last stitch of the first row and the first stitch of the second row to mark your row transition. This will be important later on, you will need to know where your row started! Make one chain stitch to start your second row.


Step 6:

Your second row will consist of single-hitch stitches, two into each stitch of your first row. Refer to the images included in the steps below if you get confused!


Third Row Start

Step 7:

Once you get to your row marker, make two stitches into the chain, then chain one to start your third row. Move your row marker to the newest chain stitch to mark this row transition. Your pattern for the third row will be 2-1-1. So, the you will make a single-hitch into the first stitch of the second row twice. Then, one single-hitch stitch into the next two stitches. Then, repeat until you get to the row marker again. The photo to the right shows the first pattern repeat of the third row.


Step 8:

We need to cleanly end this washing pad! If you want a larger pad, feel free to continue making rows, but this is the size I make so I can not advise you on the appropriate pattern for additional rows to make a smooth disc. To end this pad, we will get to the stitch marker, and make a half-hitch into the next stitch. Then, cut your working yarn, leaving about an 8 inch tail. Make a half-hitch into the following stitch, and pull the tail completely through. Then, simply weave the tail through to the center. Tug the center tail nice and snug to make sure it is a tight middle circle, and knot the two together and trim the ends. Refer to the photos below for visuals!

Last Stitch of Third Row
Half-Hitch Last Stitch
Cut Tail and Pull Through!
Weave Down and Tie Off