For my first winter project, I just completed 4 baby washcloths in 2 sizes. This is a fairly simple project so I’ll walk you through it if you want to try it!
17″ x 14″ piece of terry cloth fabric in the color of your choice. I used white.
9″ x 14″ of 2 different patterns of cotton fabric. I tried to choose 2 that were different but went together well.
Thread to match
First I cut 2 patterns out of cardstock. Each are squares: one is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 and the other is 8 1/2 x 8 1/2. Giving myself 1/4″ allowances, I ended up with a 5×5 and an 8×8 washcloth.
Next I cut 2 squares from each fabric, one in each of the 2 sizes. I then cut the terry cloth – 2 of each size.
The loops are optional, I cut a strip of each patterned fabric about 1 1/2 inches wide by about 8 inches long. I then folded the sides into the center and folded it closed. Sometimes it helps to press these and then pin and sew. After sewing, I cut each in half lengthwise so I had 2 in each fabric, 4 total.
I then put the 2 right sides together, one of a pattern and one terry cloth on each, and stuck the loop, folded in half, on a corner, with the loop on the inside of the fabric. I made sure to pin each washcloth well.
I then stitched the perimeter with a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a 1 1/2″ – 2″ hole for turning. While stitching, I occasionally felt the needle get stuck to the terry cloth but I kept going – don’t worry if you experience the same thing. I then cut the corners to make them lay flatter.
I’m almost finished! I then turned the washcloth inside in. Be sure to fold the hole seams in and press the washcloth. I then stitched around the perimeter again closing the hole as I stitched over it.
Ta Da! My washcloths were completed! I think the loops kind of give them the impression of being potholders. But, I like the loops because I have hooks in our son’s bathtub to hang them on. If I make them for gifts, I probably won’t do the loops on them all.
I hope you enjoy making your own homemade washcloths!