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How to Fix an Unraveled Shower Puff

How to Fix an Unraveled Shower Puff

Have you ever treated yourself to or been given a pretty new shower puff only to have it unravel into an unusable mess after a couple of showers?

Throwing it out isn’t an option, especially if it was a gift.

Maybe you’ve tried refolding it accordion style and retied it, only to have it fall apart again.

There’s a super quick, long term fix that will have your unraveled shower puff looking like new again. 


How to Fix an Unraveled Shower Puff

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I actually have two shower puffs that need fixing.

Two unravelled shower puffs - one blue and one grey

Let’s start with the blue one.

Netting from an unraveled shower puff

What you’ll need to fix the shower puff:

Package of 2 soft sculpture needles and a roll of eighth inch ribbon

Thread the ribbon onto a needle.

Doll needle threaded with narrow white ribbon from roll of ribbon

Starting at one end, weave the needle in and out through both layers of the mesh  netting every 3/8 of an inch or so.

Weaving the needle through the blue mesh of the unraveled shower puff

No need to be super accurate or fussy here, just weave the needle in and out and pull the ribbon along as you go.

White ribbon threaded on a long needle woven through blue mesh of unraveled shower puff

Continue to weave the needle in and out until you get to the other end of the shower puff mesh.

Blue mesh of unraveled shower puff gathered onto white ribbon

Once the entire length of the netting has been gathered on to the ribbon, cut the ribbon off the spool. Pull the ends of the ribbons to gather the shower puff evenly onto the ribbon as tightly as possible.

Tie a firm, tight knot. You may even want to double knot it.

Knotted ribbon holding the shower puff gathered

Trim the ribbons to approximately 8 inches and knot the ends together.

Repaired blue shower puff

This one is ready to hang in the shower.

Fixed shower puff ready to hang in the shower

Don’t worry if you don’t have one of those long doll making needles. A darning needle or any needle that has an eye big enough to thread the ribbon through will work.

White ribbon threaded onto a darning needle

Darning needle being woven through the grey mesh of the unraveled shower puff

Using a darning needle takes a little longer because it’s shorter than the soft sculpture needle but it gets the job done all the same.

Grey shower puff fixed

This easy, long term fix may just have you gathering up all the shower and bath puffs in the house to get them repaired once and for all.

One blue and one grey shower puff after being repaired

Time for a relaxing bubble bath!

Hmmm… which one shall I choose?

One grey and one blue shower puff after being repaired along with packages of bath balls and bath salt s 



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Collage photo showing on the top the unraveled shower puff and on the bottom the fixed shower puff




Please note: This post was originally published on Super Mom – No Cape in July of 2015. It has been completely updated with new photos and text.

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  • Angela Hagood
    July 13, 2019 8:34 pm

    Dear Super Mom, You are the bomb! I can’t believe that I have never thought of repairing one of these, nor did it ever occur to me to launder them. Thank you so much for both tips!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      July 16, 2019 4:05 pm

      I’m so glad you found it helpful Angela!

  • Linda Humphrey
    May 11, 2019 12:03 pm

    I really like this and second the “why didn’t I think of it!”. Hopefully these poofs get laundered with the towels. Apparently they can build up bacteria in them if you don’t.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      May 29, 2019 10:56 am

      Thanks Linda! And yes… they get laundered regular with the towels washed on hot. 🙂

  • Geri
    August 17, 2018 11:28 pm

    I used your method to make a back scrubber. The shower puff was so puffy, with plenty of fabric to spare. I removed the stitch that held the puff together and added handles at both ends. I made very secure knots after gathering about 1/4 of the mesh and continued gathering the mesh, repeating the knots at the half way mark and at 3/4 of the way. I tied it off well while adding the 2nd handle. Now I have a two handled back scrubber.

  • Paloma
    July 23, 2018 5:49 pm

    Got here from a google search. Thank you so much for this, haha! My husband always likes to hold his poof by the loop, but the loop is frequently the only thing holding the darn thing in one piece – so he destroys them nearly instantly! I just used your method to sew it up with super strong upholstery thread so now it should hold ’till kingdom come.

  • Roxanne Phillips
    June 8, 2016 3:23 pm

    I just Googled how to fix a shower puff as mine came out of the wash all unravelled and your blog was one of the top hits! Thanks!

  • Dee
    March 19, 2016 12:33 am

    Thank you for the why-didn’t-I-think-of-that tip! I finally remembered a tute I needed to use–revived about six bath puffs. We now have happy bathers again!

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    July 16, 2015 3:18 am

    Great fix, and smart way to make your own puffs too!

  • Sandra
    July 14, 2015 10:21 pm

    Oh my thank you! I have retied, used an elastic, all temporary fixes before that puff (or poof as I call it) goes “poof!” into the garbage can. Will do this to the next one.

  • Mary
    July 14, 2015 9:33 am

    Great idea. Thanks.

  • Christine B.
    July 14, 2015 9:22 am

    This is a great tip! I always get frustrated when these shower puffs unravel and spend hours trying to get them to look as they should by tying them back up only to have them unravel again! Duh! 🙂 x

  • Jacque
    July 14, 2015 9:45 am

    Wow! It’s always so frustrating when that happens…now I know what to do, to fix it! Thanks!

  • Rachel
    July 14, 2015 7:18 am

    A very neat bit of Make Do and Mend!

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