How To Make a Baby Washcloth
So. Or sew. However you like. You already know that I travelled last week to get some sewing lessons from my Sewing Aunt. Earlier this week I showed you the Baby Rag Quilt that I made and here I’ve got the little matching washcloths. These are such an easy little sewing project. I first saw them just a day or two before left for my trip. You can see the tutorial that I found here. Two Little Hooligans did a great job on the tutorial and made it clear that this was a project I could handle. Of course, since I was going to be sewing with my Aunt, I had no doubts. I knew that I could learn how to make a baby washcloth.
This was the second of the three projects that we attempted. It was also the easiest. If you are trying to get going with your sewing machine – if you really just want to give it a try – this project is a great way to start. So simple. While I was at my Aunt’s house I had access to all of her fancy sewing tools.
The rotary cutter, self healing mat, and that. . . clear plastic ruler thingy (sorry) are very helpful but not at all required. I used the fancy tools while I was there but when I got back to my own house I continued with just plain ol’ scissors. I’m going to give you the plain ol’ scissors version of the instructions. I’ll assume you don’t have the fancy tools. Honestly? If you are advanced enough to have the fancy tools – you do NOT need to be reading this. HOWEVER – as you know, I always do my best to take some pretty pictures – so even if you’re a fancy sewer. . . you can stick around.
You’ll need a piece of thin cardboard or cardstock – to make a template. You need to make an 8″ square – with rounded corners.
You’ll also need:
some cotton broadcloth fabric
some minky fabric
sewing machine and thread
You’ll need to cut out one square from each of your fabrics. Make them each about 9″ X 9″ and then lay your template on top.
In the photo above, the template is atop the minky – you’ll want to put it on top of the cotton (the green flowered fabric in this photo) and use your pencil to trace around the template. As you go, make sure that you can see your pencil line.
The next step is to pin the two fabrics together. RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER. It’s pretty simple.
Here is a great tip. I know this helped me a lot. When you begin pinning, put two pins in close together. Pin all the way around leaving an opening of about 2″ on one side.
If you are concentrating as hard as I was on operating the machine, you might have a tendency to forget STOP sewing to leave an opening on one side. The opening will be used to turn the washcloth right side out. The double pins are a big help. Again, for the advanced sewers among you, this might not be important. For me? It probably saved the whole project!
Now to the actual SEWING!
Sew on the pencil line beginning about 2″ away from your double pin and stop when you come around to the double pin again. It’s a good idea to do a back stitch (sew forward 4 or 5 stitches and then reverse for the same distance and then proceed forward) at the beginning and end of your run.
When you’ve got the sewing done, it’s time to turn the washcloth right side out.
You’ll be left with an open gap. Hopefully.
Tuck the edges in and press the cloth (on the cotton side) with your steam iron.
Just one more seam to go. Just one more seam to sew.
This final seam holds the two pieces together and gives the washcloth a nice finished look. Once you’ve sewn this seam around the outside edge, and trimmed any extra threads, you’re done! Once you get going – once you are used to using the machine and sewing around those curves – you can whip one of these up in about 15 minutes. Putting in the pins in takes longer than any other part.
What do you think?
I know that I would have been thrilled to get these as a gift when my babies were little. How about you?
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