Last week I showed you the baby wash cloths and fabric basket I made for a virtual baby shower. Today I thought I'd show you the first set of wash cloths that I had originally sewed up for the same present.
When I was half way through, I wondered whether these ones would be suitable, as they needed to be gender neutral. The further I progressed, the more I wondered if there was too much blue. Personally, I like blue on both boys and girls, and the same with pink. However, not everybody does and the present wasn't for me. So I decided to make another set for the virtual baby shower.
These wash cloths will still be put to good use. At the end of June, I posted about a baby gift that didn't work out. I ended up buying a gift for the new little baby boy. I'm thinking that I'll give him these washers for Christmas. He'll be about nine months old by then, and still making lots of messes.
I've always called these washers, or face washers, but in recent times I've increasingly seen them referred to as wash cloths. Perhaps this is a different country thing.
Whatever you call them, baby wash cloths would have to be one of the easiest gifts to make. Basically, it's two pieces of fabric sewn together.
- Cut two pieces of fabric the same size.
- Place right sides together.
- Sew together leaving a gap for turning. I sewed a ½" seam.
- Turn right side out.
- Topstitch around all edges closing up the gap.
- Quilt if you would like.
I used quilting cotton for one side and cotton terry velour for the other. You could use other fabrics that are soft and absorbent.
It took me a while to work out the right needle to use, as the terry sometimes caught and looped, causing threads to be pulled. I started with a sharps needle, thinking it would be best, but not so. A universal needle proved to be much better. I'm guessing this was due to the slightly rounded tip.
There's lots of tutorials online:
- So Soft Wash Cloths
- Simple Baby Wash Cloths
- Baby Wash Cloths Made from Scraps
- Baby Wash Cloths
- Oh Baby - Wash Cloths
- How to Make a Simple Baby Wash Cloth
- How to Make a Baby Wash Cloth
- Baby Washcloths
- DIY Cloth Baby Wipes or Wash Cloths
The one that inspired me to make mine was the So Soft Wash Cloths Tutorial. I rounded the corners as I was sewing, rather than at the cutting stage. I just eyeballed the curve. I also made the seam allowances wider (½" ).
I'll make another little fabric basket to put the wash cloths in and then I can tick off another Christmas present. I don't think I've ever been this organised!!!
How do you feel about blue for girls and pink for boys?