Crochet Face Scrubbies + How to Puff Stitch

Whip up some soft, crochet face scrubbies to replace the disposable cotton pads used for makeup removing. Quick and easy crochet pattern and video tutorial.
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At this very moment, you’re only three rounds away from a handmade, crochet face scrubbie that can replace the disposable cotton pads you use with toner or make-up remover.

Grab your hooks and follow this step-by-step crochet pattern and photo tutorial — then make a crap-load of crochet face scrubbies for yourself and your friends!

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stack of crochet face scrubbies with a pink one on top

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pile of brightly colored cotton face scrubbies

As part of my personal push to go green, I whipped up some little cotton face scrubbies to replace the cotton balls I use for toner and makeup remover.

This is a really quick project that doesn’t use much yarn, so it’s a great way to do some stash busting (which is exactly what I did with some of the extra yarn I had from the Bobble Heart Potholder).

If you can do the puff stitch, you’re good to go! If not, I’ve included a quick photo tutorial to help you out (check it out below!).

two skeins of pink and yellow Lily Sugar n Cream yarn with a white ball of yarn in the center

Before you begin, round up your supplies or hit up Amazon! I had a pile of cotton yarn leftover from random projects, so I just used that.

Worsted weight cotton yarn (I used Sugar’n Cream from my stash)
H, I, or J crochet hook (I used a J hook in this tutorial and an H (5 mm) hook in the video)
Tapestry needle, to weave in ends

step-by-step guide for how to puff stitch, with pink yarn and a gold hook

Puff Stitch Tutorial:

Yarn over, and put hook under (top left), yarn over again, and pull through (top right). Repeat this process 4 more times, until there are 11 loops on your hook (bottom left). Yarn over one final time, and pull through all of the loops (bottom right). Finish off with a chain stitch.

Now that we all know how to puff stitch, let’s move on to the scrubbies!

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Click here for the free pattern, or check out the video!

labeled image with two pictures of several brightly colored face scrubbies and text that reads: cotton face scrubbies

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  1. These are cute and I love being greener in my every day habits. (Also, I love your tutorials. Even someone like me can figure it out – and I’m such a slow crocheter.)

  2. Such a cute idea! I’ve been wanting to learn how to crochet forever. I’ve even bought the supplies to start (had them for a while), hopefully this will actually inspire me to start.

  3. Looking forward to making these! I’m slowly getting rid of single use items, and just ran out of cotton balls which means I need to whip some of these up! Have you used them to remove nail polish? For some reason I see other tutorials that say for toner and make up but avoid nail polish remover and I’m not sure why. Maybe it would remove color from the yarn?

    • I’ve never tried them with nail polish remover, so I’m not sure what the result would be. The polish colors would probably stain the cotton pad pretty badly, and I feel like after a few times the nail polish would block the pad’s absorption of the remover? Let me know if you try it though!

  4. I think the reason you are getting 32 sc is because of the chain in between the puff stitches. I love the way these turn out. Thank you for sharing

    • Thanks Sharon! And yes, you’re absolutely right about the 32 sc. The math section of my brain must have been broken when I originally wrote this post, because when I went back to make the printable version of the pattern I was like, “Duh!!”

  5. Can you use the scubby yarn for this. I’ve always wanted to try that yarn and I thought maybe this pattern might with with that yarn.

  6. Hi,

    you asked: “Maybe one of you can explain this to me, but I kept getting 32 sc, which seems wrong. It worked out though!”

    You have 16 puffs and a chain between puffs. That makes totally 16 + 16 = 32.

  7. This is a great idea! I hate that I’m always running out of cotton wipes, this could be the solution!

    I was wondering how you maintain the scrubbies. Do you simply rinse them through immediately after use or pile them up somewhere to wash in a machine? Or something else?

  8. hi, sorry to say i am disappointed, i expected a pattern as in a picture, not text. while english crochet vocabulary is not a huge problem for me, it would be for lots of other people. but text is not a handy thing for crochet pattern. i wonder whether there are people who actually prefer text to diagram.

  9. I don’t know why so struggle so much with the puff stitch! It feels like such a battle to get my tension right. Mine had a lot of gaps where yours looks tight. Do you try to make your tension tighter to achieve that or do I just need to keep practicing the pattern?

    • I can’t make the tension too tight or my hook won’t fit through all the loops. Practice makes perfect! This is a great pattern to practice with since the face scrubbies are small and don’t use much yarn.

  10. I love these. To answer your question about the 32 SC, I believe it’s because if you crochet into the top of the puff stitch AND the chain space, technically you’re increasing, which would give you 32 instead of 16, like in the previous round. I hope that made sense.

  11. The reason you keep getting 32 sc’s is because of the chains after each puff stitch. So although there’s on 16 puff stitches on the 2nd puff stitch row, the number would be doubled because of the chains. Btw, love this pattern, made my face scrubbie and I can’t wait to try it tonight in the shower!

  12. I loved the look of these but had never done the puff stitch before. While I am an accomplished crocheter, this took me a while (like an hour and a half) to master. I am not a huge fan of the magic circle but it is imperative for this project. So I had to master it, as well. (I should note that I now see the importance of the magic circle. It just seems a little cumbersome to work with at first) Working this stitch made my wrists and fingers incredibly sore. Did anyone else notice that or is it just me? They turned out really cute and will make great gifts but, oh my, they hurt my hands to make.

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