Sunday, February 13, 2011

Oh Baby - Washcloths

I saw this post on how to make baby washcloths about 3-4 months ago.  My computer has been acting up and I lost the link to that post...if you are reading this and you made baby washcloths and linked up to the linky parties, please email me and I will give you proper credit. :-)

I have 2 grand babies (1 boy and 1 girl) and 1 bonus grand baby (a girl), so when I saw a post on making baby washcloths, I just knew I wanted to make some!!  The whole idea is to make the baby washcloths 'sturdier' and softer.  Love it!

I had planned to just go buy terry cloth by the yard, but when Target had these on clearance - $1.40 for 5, I went ahead and bought them.  I got a girl set and a boy set. It probably would have been cheaper to buy by the yard, but I wouldn't have the different colors...if I was going to make tons of them, I would go get terry cloth by the yard...but these worked great, and it gave me a starting 'size'.

I went ahead and ironed them, so they would be really flat....I realized why that smart lady made these in the first place...they are so flimsy and not square at all!!

I measured a 8.5" square on my grid paper and cut it out to make a pattern.  I laid it on my fabric and cut.

I planned on making 7 girlie washcloths and 3 boyish washcloths.  Each child would get 3 and I would get to keep 1 for my house. :-)

Cut the tags off the washcloths to get them out of the way.

Pin one the pieces of material that you cut to one of the washcloths, right sides together.
**I took pictures of different washcloths as I was sewing them, so the pictures are of different fabrics, but you will get the point :-)

Sew around the edge...I made up my square as I went along because the washcloth was not square and the fabric went out a little further than the washcloth...doesn't have to be perfect.  Leave a section open so that you can turn the washcloth right side out....I did this on a corner first, I'll show you later where it's easier to leave an opening.

Snip the corners so when you turn in right side out, there's not a lot of fabric in the corners.

Cut off any excess of fabric, either the washcloth or the material.

Turn right side out.

In this picture, you can see I left the opening in the middle of one side...this is much easier to finish off.  Once you turn your fabric right side out, push the corners out real good, then iron.  The opening will fold down.

The first one I did, I pinned the opening shut.  If you make the opening in the middle of a side, there is no need to pin shut...just iron.

I did a finishing seam all the way around.  This closes the opening and make a stronger seam all the way around.  Here they

Each one is so cute and so sturdy.

Adding a piece of fabric really gives the washcloth 'body'.

Oh, I used flannel fabric.

So cute!

Here's Thomas the Train!!

Can't wait to use the 1 I'm keeping!! ha!

I added a bow to the girl's and a knot to the boy's...these are going in their Valentine's baskets.

So, so cute!!!  Going to have to make some 'grown up' ones too!

Supplies - I already had the girlie flannel.  I bought the Thomas the Train material, but only used about 1/3 of what I with the washcloths I spent - $3.50 (for 10 washcloths!!!)
That's only 35 cents a piece - can I get a WooHoo!!!
Making something my grand kids will use and hopefully love = Pricele$$

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  1. These are so pretty. Don't you just love the Target clearence endcap?


  2. I love the fabrics you chose- my son is a big Thomas fan! These would be great baby shower gifts...thanks for the tutorial!
    Erica @

  3. These are really cute! I love this idea and it makes them so much more pretty than a normal washcloth!

  4. I love love love this! I have to do this soon! Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is wonderful! Thank you, I can't wait to make some of these!! ~Lori

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  7. I love these! So cute and make fantastic gifts!

    I found you from one of the link up!

  8. What an adorable idea. Following you from The Penny Pinching Party. Please stop by my blog when you can.

  9. Hi Shantel,
    I just found your blog! and its a pleasure to meet you.
    I have enjoyed reading your posts..I also love to sew and do any kind of needle work.
    I have become a follower.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth
    (Home is Where the Heart is)

  10. That is great! Love the pink ones and the trains for the boy. Great idea, and not too hard either!

  11. love this idea so very fun and they look amazing

  12. I love these! I have 2 people having boys...and 1 person who doesn't know yet. These would be perfect "just because" gifts to send to them sometime. :)

  13. I'm loving these! I hate the cheap baby washclothes - the ones I had for my boys are now cleaning rags since they are so thin. These would make a great baby shower gift! I'd love to feature them on my new blog -

    Please email me if you are interested -

    -Kelsey :)

  14. Those are really nice! I have a bunch of old baby facecloths that could really benefit from such an update. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I love this! Thanks for sharing. Perfect personalized shower gift.

  16. Those are very cute! Love the added fabric! Thanks for linking up!

  17. A girl after my own heart! I love creating baby gifts. Check out my blog I just featured a tutorial in making cute burp cloth under 25 minutes.
    I love your blog. Great gift idea!

  18. These are super cute!!! I'm going to make some for my cousin and his wife who just had there first baby!

  19. Thank you for sharing the tutorial! I'm going to try making them soon!

  20. These are so cute. My first grandbaby will arrive sometime around March 22! I am already making a quilt, but these will be a great gift too. Now, I'll need to find safari themed flannel (that's the theme my daughter's chosen).

  21. Those are a really neat idea. Thanks! Since I have some extra flannel around, maybe I'll make some :)

  22. Thanks for an awesome post! I featured it on my blog today!


  23. Visiting from the blog hop and had to stop by to read your post. Lovely idea, your washcloths are very nice, love the Thomas The Train washcloths, really cute!

  24. What a sweet and personal gift. Thanks for linking up to Beyond The Picking Fence.

  25. These would also be great to use for cloth wipes. We made ours out of t-shirts but these look way better. Thanks!

  26. I love these! It seems like everyone around me is just popping out babies lately. I enjoy making the gifts because it means so much more to the Moms to be to have someone make something special and I was running out of ideas. Not no more, thanks to you!

  27. Super adorable. I might have to make these.


  28. I took a sewing class in college this semester and loved it, and would love to make these for my niece and nephew, how close to the edge did you sew?

  29. These are gorgeous, but the thing about the flimsy baby washcloths is that you can squeeze them out with one hand while you are bathing the baby. Do your sturdy ones still have that quality?

    I'll have to admit that the worst thing about the ones I purchased is that they were polyester and though they were softer than typical cotton terry, it takes a long time to get wet.

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  32. I love these! So cute and what and adorable idea. I love that it makes these washcloths so much more sturdy plus at a great cost. These make great baby shower gifts.


  33. \]yg

    Hi! I have been making baby washcloths with flannel on one side and terry cloth on the other side since last year, and I love them! I had never seen any like them in the stores (and still haven't), and they are wonderful! I buy yardage of both flannels and terry cloth, and then I give them for gifts and sell them at craft fairs. :-)

    Blessings - Barbara :-)PTL

  34. I was looking for something to sew that was quick pretty and creative, I stumbled upon your blog and saw your washcloth page! I love how you took pictures of how to do the project! It looked so simple and inexpensive so I decided to try making some for our baby due this November :) They turned out so great! Now I'm thinking about making some holiday washcloths for the house. Thank you for sharing this easy wonderful way to make a chic' washcloth!

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