We use up cycled washcloths around here like crazy. We use them for cleaning up the dishes and the kitchen, for washing our faces and our bodies, and other things (including a brief flirtation with family cloth).
We have different sets for different things, the largest ones are wash clothes for our bodies, medium ones for cleaning up in the kitchen and small ones for washing our faces.
I use either old flannel receiving blankets or PJs as the material. It’s wonderfully soft and quite durable.
How to make washcloths with a sewing machine
It’s very easy. This is a beginner project for sure.
There are several ways to do this, you could simply cut out your squares or rectangles and run a zigzag stitch around the edges. This gives you a nice, in encountered one-ply washcloth. This was actually my very first sewing project, where I learned the basics of my sewing machine.
My favourite washcloth, however is the double-ply. There’s just something about the increased thickness that feels right. They are extremely durable and comfortable.
Falling Day’s Fave WashCloths
I’ll show you how to make them with a flannel receiving blanket, but the basic principals are the same no matter what you’re using.
Take your blanket and fold it right-sides together.
Use your favourite cutting tools to cut out the pieces to the size you want (do not half it!). I’m making these so that they fit in these diaper wipes containers, where I still store them!
Turn it right-side-out.
Mine fit nicely into the diaper wipe containers. Soon I’ll write a post about my adventures with baby wipes, and how I still have them around even though I don’t have anymore babies in diapers!
It’s a very simple, easy project for a beginner to learn on, or a proficient sewer to quickly work up. Not only is it more environmentally friendly to make your own washcloths, but they are better quality and less expensive too.