Did you know you can crochet tulle into adorable and totally useful little scrubbers? These cute and colorful crocheted circles are look pretty next to your sink but also are workhorses when it’s time to clean. Keep reading for my crochet scrubbies pattern!
I’m really excited to share this fun little crochet project with you all today. Instead of working with yarn, today we will be working with tulle! I will show you how to turn a couple yards of tulle netting into one long piece of tulle yarn ready for crocheting, and then I will walk you through how to turn that yarn into these cute scalloped scrubbing pads.
Supplies needed to make your own crochet scrubbies pattern:
- Tulle – I used Pink, Orange, and Blue
- Rotary Cutter
- Cutting Mat
- Crochet Hook (I used a J (6.00 mm) hook)
- Finishing Needle
Step One – Make Tulle Yarn.
To transform your yards of tulle into a nice ball of tulle yarn, you need to cut it in a certain way to get one long strip. Start by folding your piece of tulle in half lengthwise. Place the folded piece of tulle on your cutting mat with the open edge facing away from you. Fold the tulle again, this time placing the folded edge of the tulle a couple of inches below the open edge.
Using your rotary cutter, cut from the bottom up to the folded edge but NOT through to the open edge. You can cut your tulle yarn at whatever width you want (the wider you cut it, the thicker your tulle yarn will be), but I cut mine at 3 inches.
Move your rotary blade down three inches and repeat that cut. Continue cutting the tulle up through the folded edge but not past it. When you have reached the length you want, do your last cut all the way through the open edge.
Next, you will clip the edges you didn’t cut through alternating your cuts between the top layer and the bottom. Starting at one end, continue along the first cut line and clip the just the top layer to the edge (do not clip the bottom layer of tulle). That cut will create the first end of your long piece. Next, skip to the next cut line and clip through the bottom layer to the end (do not clip through the top layer).
Repeat this process to the end. This will create one long piece of tulle with kinds of switch back corners. If you like, you can clip off those corners to create a smoother yarn. Fold the square ends in half and cut along a curve to remove the corners.
If you don’t want to clip off the corners, you may have corners sticking out of your work when you crochet (see the image below). You can always clip those off after crocheting.
All that’s left to do is wind your tulle yarn up into a little ball.
Step Two – Crochet Tulle Scrubbers.
This crochet scrubbies pattern uses American crochet terms and is free for personal use only.
For my three inch tulle yarn, I found that a size J (6.00 mm) hook worked well. If you make thicker or thinner yarn, you will need to adjust your hook size.
You will make two small circles that will be crocheted together to form the scrubber pad.
Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), work 11 dc in 3 ch from hook, sl st to join (12 dc).
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to join (24 dc).
Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in next st, *dc, 2 dc, repeat around, sl st to join (36 dc). Finish off. Weave in ends.
Next, you will crochet your two circles together. Hold the two circles together with wrong sides facing and join a coordinating color of tulle through one stitch each on both circles. Chain one and then work a single crochet stitch in the same space. Be sure to work the stitch through both circles. Work one single crochet stitch in each stitch (always going through both circles) all the way around and then slip stitch to Join.
Now, we will finish off our little scrubber with a pretty scalloped edge. Start with a chain one, and then work a single crochet spike stitch by inserting your hook into the base of the double crochet stitch below (see image below) and then working a single crochet stitch as normal.
Work three double crochet stitches into the next single crochet stitch. Repeat this pattern around the edge alternating single crochet spike stitches and 3 double crochet stitches. When you get around to the start, slip stitch to join and finish off the tulle yarn. Use your finishing needle to weave in the ends.
And that’s it! Your cute little scalloped scrubbers are ready to get to work cleaning up those stubborn pots and pans.
These bright and cheerful circles would make great little gifts and stocking stuffers as well, so grab yourself some tulle and get crocheting!
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.