How to make roses from face cloths

Updated February 21, 2017

Cakes made with layers of cloth diapers are a common shower gift. For something different, create a cake from hooded towels and trim it with roses crafted from face cloths. Thin baby wash cloths are the best type for making roses. You can often find a package of five baby face cloths in different pastel colours at a discount store. These are suitable for creating a spray of colourful roses to trim a cake. Add a matching ribbon around the base of the cake and tuck a tub toy in among the roses for a playful accent.

Lay the face cloth out flat on a table and fold it into thirds by folding up the bottom edge by a third and folding the top edge down.

Roll the face cloth up starting with the left edge. The top folded edge will form the top of the rose.

Fold the right edge down at an angle so it is even with the bottom of the rose.

Grasp the bottom of the rose in your hand and wrap a rubber band around it, 1/2 inch from the bottom edge. Be sure to catch the folded-down right edge in the band.

Spread the top of the rose out to shape it into petals.


Make a rosebud by folding the right edge in instead of out. You can use safety pins to attach the roses to the gift or baste them on. Attach a cluster of roses and artificial leaves to a gift basket.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber band
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Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.