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Tips & Tricks Tuesday – Rescuing a Shower Puff

Tips & Tricks Tuesday – Rescuing a Shower Puff

I’ve decided to add a fun new feature to the blog called Tips & Tricks Tuesday.  It may evolve into a weekly tip or trick or it may just end up being an occasional thing.  I’ll see how it goes.  And it could be about anything that I think might prove useful to someone… from sewing tips to cleaning tricks to quick around the house how-tos.

For today’s tip:

How to rescue an unravelled shower puffHave you ever treated yourself to a brand new shower puff only to have it unravel and look like this a couple of days later?

Netting from an unravelled shower puff

This happens when the cording used to hold the puff together isn’t tied tight enough so after a few uses it completely unravels.  Now you could just refold the netting accordion style and retie it but eventually it will fall apart again.

I have a simple, long term fix.  Take a 24 to 36 inch length of 1/8″ satin ribbon (the kind you buy at the fabric store) and thread it into a long needle with a large eye.   Weave the needle in and out through the mesh of the netting.

Gather the netting on to ribbon

Once the entire length of the netting has been gathered on to the ribbon, pull the ends of the ribbons to form a new puff.

Gather the netting tightly

Pull the ribbons as tight as possible and tie a knot.  Trim the ribbons to approximately 8 inches and knot the ends together.

Repaired shower puff


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  • Rachel
    July 14, 2015 7:18 am

    A very neat bit of Make Do and Mend!

  • Mary
    July 14, 2015 9:33 am

    Great idea. Thanks.

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

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