How to Make Animal-Shaped Washcloths

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How to Make Animal-Shaped Washcloths
Give an old washcloh new life by turning it into an animal. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Whether you're looking to create a child's gift or simply need a way to make bath time more exciting for youngsters at home, making your own animal out of a washcloth is one way to do it. This simple craft requires little more than two washcloths and a needle and thread. When it's finished, you'll have made a cute animal-shaped washcloth that is both adorable and functional in the bath or shower.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • 2 washcloths
  • Chalk or fabric marker
  • Pin
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Fiberfill
  • Permanent marker

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  1. 1

    Sketch an outline of an animal that you want to turn into a washcloth. Choose a creature that doesn't require too many details to identify. The simple shape of a whale's body and tail fin is easy to recognise, as well as a lion's bushy mane and body. Snakes, rabbits, elephants and octopus are a few other creatures that can be identified by their silhouettes.

  2. 2

    Cut out the animal sketch in the size you want the washcloth creature to be.

  3. 3

    Stack two washcloths together, with both laying flat on one another. Use washcloths in a colour that will represent your animal, such as blue for a whale or green for a snake. Pin them together in the centre to hold them in place.

  4. 4

    Place the animal cutout on the washcloths and trace its outline with a fabric marker or chalk. Cut out the washcloths along the traced line.

  5. 5

    Sew the two pieces of the animal-shaped washcloths together. Do this by hand or with a sewing machine. Leave about 2 inches of the washcloths open. Remove the pin.

  6. 6

    Turn the animal inside-out so that the seam is on the inside. Stuff the washcloth creation with fiberfill. Sew the remaining opening closed.

  7. 7

    Draw a face on the animal using a permanent marker.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're not comfortable sketching an animal design yourself, surf the Internet to find animal silhouettes that you can print, cut out and trace onto your washcloths.

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