How to make washcloth animals

Updated April 17, 2017

Making a gift that is also fun and decorative in addition to useful, such as washcloth and soap animals, will make you popular when it comes to gift giving. Everyone will want to know how you made them.

Decorate the soap. You can choose to wrap the bar of soap in aluminium foil to make it more festive or if you prefer, you can choose colour-coordinated soap to go with your washcloths.

Roll the washcloth. Fold the cloth in half, and roll both sides back toward the centre fold. You should have two fat rolls the length of the cloth when done. Pin the two rolls together.

Make your animal. Pin the two rolls on one side of the bar of soap. The soap should be on its side with the narrow, long side down. Then pin the other ends of the rolls onto the other side of the soap. It should look like a giant cloth loop over the top of the soap when pinned.

Make the head. Grasp the extra material of the washcloth and scrunch it together on one end. Tie a ribbon around it close to the soap to make the neck. Pin the material on the back to the soap (the body) to hold it in place.

With the pipe cleaners and sequins or buttons, make ears and eyes on the big-head. You can even add a pipe cleaner to the back to make a tail.


With creativity, you can make pigs, dogs, cats or even fantasy creatures. The array of coloured soaps and bargain-bundled washcloths make this a great economical gift for group crafts.


Be careful when dealing with the pins. Use the kind that have the large ball on the end so that people can see them.

Things You'll Need

  • Bar soap
  • Long sewing pins
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Felt
  • Sequins or buttons
  • Ribbons
  • Aluminum foil
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