Like many, lately I’ve been thinking about how I can cut down my impact on the environment and move away from using single-use (or temporary use) items such as plastics, face wipes, cotton pads, dishwashing sponges, plastic bags etc., and I’ve been inspired by some of the crafty makes I’ve seen that people have created to replace single-use items. Now its on my ‘to do’ list to design my own patterns but I thought it would be inspiring and hopefully helpful to collate some of the ideas and patterns I’ve seen out there.
Crochet Face Scrubbies
One of my priorities is to completely eliminate my use of cotton pads. I’ve already stopped using face wipes the vast majority of the time, I occasionally use them when camping for ease, but otherwise I know they aren’t great for your skin and I’ve largely cut them out of my skincare routine. However, I still reach for cotton pad when using toner or my aloe cream cleanser and I want to swap them out for a reusable alternative that reduces my waste significantly. And don’t we crocheters have a great, super simple, affordable solution – crochet face scrubbies! Like me, you’ve probably seen these all of crochet instagrams and blogs recently. They are so quick and easy to make and you can dive in to your yarn stash to whip some up as they don’t require masses of yarn. Making your own face scrubbies also allows you to create them in any colour or style you like. And when you’ve used some, you can just pop it in a delicates washing bag and pop them in the machine with a bigger wash. Then once dry, your nice, clean scrubbies can go straight back in your stash for next time. Here’s some of my favourites that I’ve found online. Click each pattern name to go striaght to designers website and the pattern.
Eco-friendly Make-up Scrubbies by the Crochet Society (FREE PATTERN)
Crochet Face Scrubbies by Handy Little Me (FREE PATTERN)
Easy Face Scrubbies by the Stitchin’ Mommy (FREE PATTERN)
Crochet Face Cloths and Dishcloths
Now I am already a long time fan of face cloths (or flannels), and I always use one when washing my face in the shower or bath. But again, us crocheters can easily design and create our own gorgeous washcloths with our yarn stashes, and this is something that I would really like to do. There’s something so special about using something you’ve made with your own hands.
As we have a dishwasher, I don’t use that many dishcloths or sponges but there are a few things we have to hand wash and of course we need a couple for cleaning the kitchen and a couple for cleaning the bathroom. I’ve seen some great eco-friendly, plastic free, washable sponges popping up that I would like to invest in but crochet dishcloths are another thing I can easily whip up myself. I think patterns for face cloths and dishcloths will be pretty interchangeable, however I’d probably use a nice, gentle bamboo cotton or a baby yarn for my face cloths, and either 100% cotton or a cotton and acrylic blend for my dishcloths as I would want something a bit sturdier.
Here’s some of my favoutie washcloths that I’ve seen lately. Click each pattern name to go striaght to designers website and the pattern.
Easy Crochet Dishcloth by My Hobby is Crochet (FREE PATTERN)
Granny’s Square Dishcloth by yarnspirations.com/bernat on the Fave Crafts website (FREE PATTERN)
Easy Textured Washcloth by the Stitchin Mommy (FREE PATTERN)
Elegant Washcloth Pattern by Oombawka Design Crochet (FREE PATTERN)
Crochet Market Bags
Over the last couple of years I’ve managed to amass a number of cotton tote bags to replace my platic bags for shopping, which is great. But I’ve also been lusting over some gorgeous crochet market bag patterns that I keep coming across on Instagram. The ones that really caught my eye are below (Please note that some of these use US terminology). Click each pattern name to go striaght to designers website and the pattern.
French Market Bag by Two of Wands (FREE PATTERN)
Farmer’s Market Bag by Knit-O-Matic (FREE PATTERN)
As you can probably tell, I’ved started to create a very long ‘to do’ (or ‘to make’) list for myself so that I can be fully kitted out in my own crocheted reusable items. If you know of any other great patterns or reusable crochet alternative makes, please do share them in the comments.