Zero waste: Tawashi

 Make DIY sponges from fabric remnants yourself

Do you also have a bunch of jersey fabric remnants that are no longer really enough for sewing, but are also too bad to throw away? Today we want to show you how you can create eco-friendly DIY sponges from these old fabric remnants. Originally from Japan, these sponges are the perfect solution to give cotton jersey fabric remnants or old socks a second life. The great thing about this tutorial is that not only is it super fast and easy, but that you can wash and reuse the sponge over and over again!

Material list for a Tawashi sponge made of fabric residues:

  • A small wooden board, e.B. made of wood residues. Dimensions: 20 x 20 cm, min. 15 mm thick
  • Hammer
  • 3 cm nails (20 pieces)
  • Fabric remnants: cotton jersey is particularly suitable, but also old socks and T-shirts
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Step-by-step instructions Tawashi sponge

  Prepare Tawashi web frames:

1. Measure a square measuring 14 x 14 cm on your board and mark it with a pencil.

2. On these lines, mark a point from the center every 2 cm, leave the corners free.

3. Hammer a nail into each marked point 1 cm deep. Your Tawashi frame is ready!

   Making tawashi sponge from fabric residues:

  1. Cut your fabric into 2-3 cm wide, 32 cm long strips. If you want knots at both ends, they should be about 40 cm long.

   2. Pull at the ends of your jersey to make it roll up a bit. Knot the two ends together so that a ring is made.


3. Stretch the first 5 fabric rings on your frame by pulling one end over a nail, then the other end over the opposite nail. The fabric rings should be tightly tensioned.

4. Now weave in the next 5 rings by repeating step 3, but alternately pulling the ring over and under the already tensioned ones.


5. Now you take care of the edge. You start at a corner, pull a ring end from a nail and pull it through the ring end over it. Work your way up the row and around the whole sponge until only one loop is exposed. You now pull these through an exposed loop so that your sponge does not come loose.


                                                      Your sponge is ready!

                The sponges are great for cleaning, washing dishes and even keeping up as cotton pads! The environment will thank you!