How to Make Nylon Mesh Scrubbies

Written by anne baley
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Mesh scrubbies or bath puffs are very popular bath accessories. Usually paired with shower gel, these puffs are made of nylon mesh and come in a variety of colours. Scrubbies make clouds of foam due to the mesh, and are a favourite for many people in their showers. Bath scrubbies are usually useful about two or three months before they begin to fall apart and have to be replaced. Making your own bath puffs is a good way to save money and a creative way for children to make gifts for family members.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1 yard soft nylon mesh or tulle
  • Scissors
  • Satin or polyester cording

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  1. 1

    Lay out the mesh on a table or other flat surface. One yard of mesh will measure 36 inches by 55 to 60 inches long. Cut the mesh into strips that are 36 inches long, and about 6 inches wide. Each strip will create one scrubbie.

  2. 2

    Lay out one strip on the table in front of you so that the short sides are at the top and bottom and the long sides at left and right. Lay another strip directly on top of the first. Fold up the bottom edge about 2 inches. At the point where the edge comes up on the strip, fold the strip back about 2 inches. You are folding back and forth like an accordion or fan, and folding the strips together as one.

  3. 3

    Cut the cording into 12-inch lengths. Set the cording aside where it can be easily reached with one hand.

  4. 4

    Continue folding back and forth for the entire 36-inch length of the strips. Hold onto the strips carefully, because they will become more difficult to hold as the layers get thicker.

  5. 5

    Pinch the folded netting in the middle when the entire strip has been folded. Get a piece of cording and tie it around the middle of the netting where your fingers are pinching it. Tie again to form a square knot.

  6. 6

    Tie a slip knot or square knot at the ends of the cording to create a loop between the mesh and the end of the cord.

  7. 7

    Separate and fluff out the layers of the mesh. Pulling them apart and moving them around will create a ball shape to finish your mesh scrubbie.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have ever made tissue paper flowers for a homecoming float, this is exactly the same technique.
  • Colourful versions of this can be made by using two different colours of mesh.

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