Washcloth Bath Bags
What you will make:
In this project, you'll sew up a nifty bag for your bath from a
washcloth and ribbon. Put soap or bath salts inside and relax in a sudsy
tub of warm water. But don't stop there! The bath bags also double as
bath mitts for the kids. Use the ribbon to secure the bag on a child's
Bath bags are a great gift, too! Make some to have on hand, then
just add some pretty soaps or a jar of your favorite bath salts for
the perfect gift.
Related crafts: Make handmade soaps to go with your
bath bags—see how in the
Bath Buddies and
craft projects. For more washcloth crafting fun, see the
Washcloth Bunny craft project.
Here's what you need:
- Washcloths in bright colors and/or patterns
- ¼" to ½" wide ribbon or lace
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make Washcloth Bath Bags
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Pre-wash and dry washcloths—one per bath bag. Cut an 18"
length of coordinating ribbon for each bath bag.
It is best to use woven ribbons like grosgrain. Printed ribbons tend to fade, and many are not washable. Always test printed ribbons first.
- Step 2: Fold and Pin
Fold the washcloth in half, right sides together.
If the washcloth has borders at the top and bottom, fold the
washcloth lengthwise so that the borders are folded.
Take the 18" length of ribbon or lace and fold it in half. Place
it (tails in and fold out) inside the open edge, near the top of the
washcloth. Align the fold to the edges of the washcloth.
Pin the washcloth's open side and bottom edge—make sure to
capture the ribbon!
- Step 3: Sew
Use your sewing machine to sew the pinned side and bottom end.
Make the seam about ½" wide, or use a larger seam allowance if
the washcloth has deep hems.
Tip: Make sure you sew closed the end opposite to
where you put the ribbon!
Turn the bag inside out, fill with soap or bath beads/salts, and
tie closed with ribbon.
Voila! Fun in the tub!
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