Wait…. tulle? Yes, I said tulle! That itchy, scratchy, uncomfortable under layer in your prom and wedding dresses that made your legs itch and made sitting down an absolute nightmare no matter how tired your feet were, tulle. It finally has another great use besides making tutus for all the little princesses in your life (and yourself, because, who are we kidding, really?). These tulle scrubby pads can make great shower or holiday gifts for anyone from the cleaning obsessed to the hard-working dirt-covered men in your life.
The great thing about tulle is that it is easy to clean and it dries fairly quickly on its own. I have found that it is just scratchy and abrasive enough clean up tough messes without scratching your cookware, counter tops, or peeling your skin off. I started making these little crochet tulle scrubbies for my kitchen a year or two ago to help with some of the stuck on messes, and it has drastically cut down on the amount of elbow grease I had to use, so it just made me happy. Scouring my sink became so much easier, along with the stove, floors, showers, and well any spot that needed a lil extra scrubbing power. They’ve also become such a lifesaver for my husband, who regularly comes in covered in a multitude of substances from grease, dirt, paint, bondo– you name it and he has been covered in it most likely. The tulle scrubbies work wonders for getting all of that off his skin and quickly. He actually uses it so often that I just made him a washcloth sized one for himself to use with a loop so he can hang it up in the shower.
So, they’re pretty ridiculously easy to make, and cheap too! It only takes about a yard of tulle if that (if you’re getting it cut at Joann Fabric or Walmart from the big bolts). They also sell it on a spool, which comes anywhere from 3″ to 6″ width and is usually 75 feet. Either way, you’re looking under $5. The spool may definitely be easier to cut and manage, but I’m going to show you how to do this project from a single cut– mostly because you can typically find remnants of tulle in the clearance sections that are already pre-cut for dirt cheap. You ready? This is super quick and easy….
- With your rotary mat and cutter, lay the tulle out flat. I should also state here first that you probably shouldn’t use any glittery tulle. It might look super pretty once you’ve knit or crocheted it up, but the glitter will eventually just fall off and then all your dishes and everything will have glitter on them so…. skip the glittered tulle.
- Start cutting. I usually cut about 1-1.5 inches wide. I find that anything wider than that can be a little bit harder to manage while crocheting. If you look at the picture, I just keep going around the square/rectangle continuously as I cut and that gives me my one long strip without having to tie in pieces every few stitches.
- Begin crocheting (or knitting– I haven’t tried to knit one yet but that’s next on my list!)! Make it whatever size and shape you’d prefer. Square, rectangle, circle, star– knock yourself out! Now, if you’re using a single cut like I do, once you get to the corners you’re going to have where that corner seems to poke out of your work. I found that once I get to the corner parts, if I twist the fabric enough at that point, the corner gets tucked in with the twist and it doesn’t poke out. For the one pictured, I used a double crochet stitch because I feel like using single crochet with this fabric makes the end product a little too stiff.
And there you have it! It’s literally that simple. Of course, sometimes it’s not the prettiest thing ever– but I’ve really never gawked over a brillo pad before, so there’s that…
If you have any other uses for tulle, leave them in the comments below! I love new ideas! Happy crafting!