Thursday, 13 July 2017

Quick and Easy ~ Baby Wash Clothes

Who doesn't love sewing for a baby! I do, that's for sure. And this month I've been sewing up a bunch of tiny items for little ones. 

When Sewing for Charity Australia put out the call to sew for Giving Grannies, I simply couldn't resist. The name alone got me in - Giving Grannies - love it! They distribute baby welcome kits to mums needing a helping hand - all from donations.

One of the easiest things to sew for newborns are baby wash cloths. They literally take minutes to whip up. I've previously made them for a Virtual Baby Shower and a Christmas present (Yeah, I'm into practical gifts for babies).

The original sets were made with quilting cotton and terry velour quilted together.

This time I've used flannelette with a soft cotton knit. And I didn't quilt them.

They are SO easy to make. Here's an overview as to how I made mine...
  • Cut two pieces of fabric the same size - one flannelette and one cotton knit - I cut mine to 9" x 9"
  • Place right sides together.
  • Sew together leaving a gap for turning. I sewed a ⅜" seam.
  • Turn right side out.
  • Topstitch about ⅛" from the edge, all the way around, closing up the gap.
  • Quilt if you would like. I didn't.

The corners can be rounded or not. I just eyeballed the rounded corners, but you could draw a line to follow by tracing around a saucer, etc. 
  • For rounded corners, trim the corner seam to follow the curve - before turning.
  • For non-rounded corners, trim the points at the corners - before turning.

For more detailed instructions, I've included links to several tutorials in one of my other baby wash cloths posts.

Make a set of wash cloths for a newborn baby. Tutorial by Threading My Way.

All up, I made nine little baby wash clothes, each finishing at roughly 8" x 8". While taking the photos, I noticed a small stain on one of them, so didn't send that one. Ha, ha - that one will make a soft dusting cloth for me.

If you'd like to make baby wash cloths, this is a starting point. Vary the size and fabrics to suit. 

Keeping it real here at Threading My Way, I'll tell you how I came to choose the fabric you see in the pics. 

The gorgeous animal fabric was given to me a long time ago. The green/yellow I bought on special, intending it to be the backing on a denim rug. The rug didn't eventuate and the fabric isn't particularly inspiring.

Both fabric sat in my stash for ages, till one day I had a brainwave that they'd make a nice quilt for a child. Wrong! They looked awful when I sewed them together - at least they did in the large charm square design I sewed. And so I ripped it apart.

Fast forward to the baby charity drive - finally, the perfect project turned up.

Do you ever unpick something you don't like once it's made, or do you persist because you don't want to undo all your work?

... Pam


  1. Oh I have definitely unpicked something that just hasn't "worked". But it usually gets put in the naughty corner for awhile first and then I find it weeks later and repurpose into something else!

    ~ Cass

    1. The naughty corner - love it, Cass!!! When I put projects away, they can disappear for a LONG time.

  2. thanks for this idea will be sure to be making some for charity once I find some flannelette

  3. Giving Grannies is a wonderful name for the project Pam,I bet you were not the only stitcher who couldn't resist that name :)

  4. Very cute washcloths! I avoid unpicking at all costs... :) xx

  5. I send baby bibs to the counselling center for the new moms - I could make some washcloths to go with them :)

  6. What a wonderful idea Pam! I love it! Mimi xxx


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