Bath Time -Kids’ Washcloths and Towels

BJ is a group member of Sew For Kids and also a registered tribal member very familiar with Reservation life having lived on different reservations over the years. She’s a nurse midwife by trade and a mother to many children adopting 6 of her children from the tribe and from foster homes. As busy as she is she still finds time to sew, crochet, knit and design clothing.

BJ began crafting for charity 9 years ago.  She says ” I have donated thousands of handmade items to charities and individuals in 41 states and 9 countries over the years. The majority of my charity work is for babies and First Nations families. I send a regular package to a birthing center whose clients are Inuit.”

We’re pleased she has joined our group and is willing to share her patterns, ideas and experience with us. Watch for more of her posts in the near future. Today she will talk about towels and washcloths for the infant- toddler age group. Many Rez  people do without these”luxury” items .

“Hello  I’m BJ and from time to time  I’ll be sharing different patterns and ideas to help get your creative juices going. I’m very excited about helping Sew For Kids. If you have any questions please email.   If you find any of these patterns or ideas helpful, please send some to our friends in Wanblee.

Today I’m going to share a pattern for making baby towels and washcloths from 2 yards of terrycloth. Purchase good quality terry cloth, which makes a nice and snugly wrap for a wriggly three year old on a cold day or is perfect for making a hooded towel to help that first time mom who is trying to figure out how to lift a wet slippery baby and wrap him in a towel before he starts shaking from being cold. See bath time tips here.

Look at the diagram below for pattern instructions.  As you can see from the diagram, 2 hooded towels and 5 washcloths or 2 towels and 6 washcloths can be made from the 2 yards of material.

Follow diagram A to cut your pieces. Round the corners using a bowl or plate as a guide. Rounding the corners makes them easier to finish. If making hooded towels, finish the long edge of the hood in your desired method. Place hood piece across one corner matching edges as shown in diagram B. Baste in place across unfinished edges.

There are several ways to finish the edges.

  • Bind the edges with bias tape. This requires approximately 9 yards of double fold bias tape to complete all the towels and washcloths. Chose a thinner tape for a thinner fabric and a thicker tape for a heavy terry. Information on applying bias tape and making your own bias tape is available at the highlighted links. Carol”s photo example of bias

  • Hem the edges. Fold the  fabric over 1/4″, press with iron. Fold over again 1/4″, press and pin. Stitch as desired, but remember to use a zigzag or stretch stitch if using stretch terry.

  • Serge the edges. This is an easy way to add contrast if using a solid color fabric.

* You could also add embroidery or an applique to the hood piece before assembling or add embroidery or an applique to the corner opposite the hood if desired.

Have fun ! Send us a photo of your completed project so we can see your creations.”

Thanks BJ. Share your talents for a good cause and join the Sew for Kids google site. All skill levels and crafters are welcome.



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