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Everyone needs washcloths!  I’ve made many to give away at family baby showers.  And every one of my Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts includes one plus a bar of soap.  Deployed soldiers, veterans, and homeless organizations also need donations for their hygiene kits.  Looking through my Pinterest Boards, I’ve listed below some of my favorite ones to make.  Here are 10 of the Easy Washcloth Tutorials I found to sew, knit, or crochet.

Over the years I’ve been able to get great deals at Target, Walmart, and Kmart for terry washcloths.  There is even this deal over at Amazon for a pack of white ones.  Yet making my own made my gift even more special, don’t you think?

Washcloth Tutorials that you can make

Here are 10 Easy Washcloth Tutorials:

Washcloth Tutorials To Sew:

One of my Facebook Group readers shared her sewing technique with us.  Vanessa from Vanessa’sValues took one large Walmart bath towel and was able to cut and sew up 25 soap pouches.

While her blog is no longer online, I have found a tutorial for something similar here.


This washcloth from Zaaberry is the one I use for baby showers.  I just LOVE the softness of the chenille.  But I have also used soft terry cloth I got from JoAnn Fabrics as well.  They work up very quickly and easily. (Check out this Chenille fabric from Amazon.)

CLICK HERE for the tutorial.

Michele from Michele Made Me made an upcycled project!  Rather than throw away an old worn towel, she cut it up to find the best quality sections.  She then sewed the binding around the edge.  This saved her towel from the landfill and transformed it into a useful washcloth.  I may not give this as a gift – but it certainly is frugal and saves money in your family budget that you can use to donate!

CLICK HERE for the tutorial.

Here is a twist on a typical washcloth:  a washcloth puppet! has tons of tutorials, but I found this one with a full-size printable pattern.  You could even make them out of felt or cloth to just use as puppets – but oh so fun as a washcloth, don’t you think?  I found this white Terry Cloth fabric by the yard at Amazon.

CLICK HERE for the tutorial.

UPDATE – Sadly the original website no longer has this project listed. Keep scrolling for others I have found!  Here is a fun project.  Terry cloth edged with fabric strips.  This makes another great baby gift if you don’t want to use chenille (from the first tutorial). I found this yellow Terry Cloth fabric by the yard at Amazon.

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Washcloth Tutorials To Knit:

When knitting or crocheting washcloths, make sure to use COTTON yarn.  Cotton absorbs water better and dries quickly.  Acrylic may look nice but won’t work as well.  Did you know that Dollar Tree currently sometimes sells cotton yarn?  Their crafting department changes often, so if it’s not there now, come back and check again.  And if you can’t find it in your local store, you can order online and have them ship it to your store for easy pickup-free!


Bev’s Country Cottage is one of my favorite websites.  She has thousands of tutorials that are all perfect for various charity donations.  She has links to hospitals, armed forces, and other humanitarian aid groups that yearn for items to distribute to those in need.  This link takes you to 3 different knitted washcloth patterns.  CLICK HERE for the tutorial.


Washcloth Tutorials To Crochet:


The next 2 tutorials are also from Bev’s Country Cottage!  Can you tell I’m a fan?  This crochet pattern called:  Laura’s Baby Washcloth is simple using just half double crochet stitches.  Easy peasy, but I think it makes a nice pattern.  There are 2 other crochet patterns on the page as well.  CLICK HERE for the tutorial.


Here is an assortment of crochet hooks I found at Amazon.  Or if you want an ergonomic set, you could check out these.

Bev’s design here is unique – it’s called a Turn on Itself Potholder.  Yes while it can be used as a potholder made with cotton yarn, I think the pattern would be perfect as a sturdy washcloth using a softer yarn.  It uses just single crochet stitches, but it turns in on itself making a double thickness.  CLICK HERE for the tutorial.

This quick and easy crochet project from Ravelry can be made in less than 30 minutes. Slip a bar of your favorite soap inside or give it as a gift. Makes a great skin scrubber. Just hang it up by the cord to dry.

CLICK HERE for the tutorial.


One final crochet pattern from Anneliese from Aesthetic Nest.  She used cheerful and fun yarn colors! It is made up of lovely ribs that are perfect for scrubbing as a washcloth.  She reveals this was one of her first projects when learning to crochet – a nice easy project for novice crocheters 🙂  CLICK HERE for the tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed checking out these 10 Easy Washcloth Tutorials!

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