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Sewing Ruby’s Simple Washcloths

I have a baby shower coming up on Saturday so I thought I’d try out Ruby’s adorable Simple Washcloth Tutorial. It’s also in our ‘Home Love’ archives here..

Oh my goodness, what fun! I have tons of cotton fabric around, but I had to make a trip to the big-box fabric store for the cotton chenille. With a coupon I got 1/2 yard for under $3. Yay! 

When I got home I realized that the pale blue chenille (the baby is a boy) would look just lovely with my organic cotton scraps from my last Fabricworm project. 

The biggest change (if you could call it that) I made to this tutorial was using a 7″ inch template instead of 6″. I really like the size. Maybe I am too used to cutting squares with a ruler and rotary cutter, but this tracing and ‘sloppy’ cutting was a blast. I could even watch TV and do it!

So here are my ‘supplies’ all set up next to my machine. Sewing them up was a breeze.

My only annoyance came during the topstitching. I insisted on sewing them with the quilting cotton side up even though my feed dogs didn’t work very well with the chenille on the bottom. I thought using my walking foot would help, but it didn’t :(. I know, I should have just tried turning them over, but I’m stubborn.

I’m so excited to give these away on Saturday and hear everyone ask, ‘you made these???’ 

Happy sewing!


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  1. Terri Conner says:

    Perfect! I have a new grand baby due soon, thanks!

  2. W. Christene Gutierrez says:

    Cute! So did you sew RST then turn? I usually serge mine but using the chenille you would lose the cuteness. Adorable.

  3. I sewed 70 of those for Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes before Christmas. I was able to get bars of motel soap from some places and inc. them in the bundle with each wash cloth for children in other countries. I used some terry cloth also.

  4. In the future, put tissue paper under the chenille and you’ll have a easier time top stitching cotton side up.

    Very cute!

  5. Barbara Showell says:

    Any time you HAVE to sew something tricky like chenille side down, try some paper under the layer on top of the feed dogs. Tissue wrapping paper is nice, news print might leave ink, typing paper is fine. Your stitches will be perfect and the paper gets perforated so it rips cleanly away. I had a machine that would only make pretty buttonholes with the paper under no matter the fabric.

  6. How about WSS or tear away on the bottom of the chenille?

  7. Made heaps of these for community centre, 5" squares though, use for cleaning glasses ,phone and computer screens. used an old towel worked a treat.

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