Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pamper Your Face (Reusable Face Cloth and Wash Bag Full Tutorial)

Who is ready to pamper your face?! I know I am!

Look at these cuties! What are they, you ask?

They're reusable face cloths! That's right, you can now wash your face with super cute cloths, wash them, and use them again!

Get ready, today I'll share with you how to make zig zag edged face cloths, rounded soft edged face cloths, and a cute little snap bag that you can wash your face cloths in! 

Lets grab our materials. To make your own  cloths you will need:

2 fat quarters of flannel 

You can also use flannel scraps. I rounded up all the flannel that I had and used it! This is a perfect stash busting project.

Lets start with your rounded edge cloths and face cloths first. I have drafted a template that will allow you to make two sizes, one larger (maybe for the diaper bag for kiddos?) and one smaller (perfect for removing make up before bed). Which you make is totally up to you.

Begin by downloading your face cloth cutting template here:

Cut out whichever size you would like to make. I'm going to make a large cloth.

Cut one front and 1 back piece out of your fabrics. 

*Tip: to save time when cutting you can lay your fabrics wrong sides together, place the template on top and cut. You will have your front and back pieces cut at the same time*

Lay your fabrics right sides together

Stitch around the outside of your cloths using a 1/4" seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and end to secure your stitches. You will want to leave yourself an opening of about 1" on one of your straight edges for turning.

Clip your threads and turn your cloth right side out.

Turn your turning hole edges towards the inside and pin or clip closed.

Top stitch around the edge of your cloth using a 1/8" seam allowance, make sure you stitch over your turning hole so it closes.

Wow, that was quick! You have a reusable cloth!

Clip your threads and make a few more! This size is perfect for wiping noses, mouths, and for kiddos to use as clean up wipes!

If you use the smaller size, follow the same directions and you will have a cute set of make up remover pads that you can wash and use again!

Now, onto zig zag edged cloths! If you're looking for something a tad bit quicker to assemble this may be a good option for you.

Using your same template (or if you prefer a simple rectangle 2.25" x 3") cut your flannel pieces. You will need 2 for each cloth (same as above).

Lay your flannel wrong sides together. Using a small zig zag stitch,line the edge of your cloth up with the presser foot so that the edge of your stitching falls near the edge of your fabric. (see finished edge on the second picture down)

Zig zag along the edge of your cloth backstitching at the beginning and end. It is easiest when making these to start on a straight edge instead of the curved corner.

When you're done you will have a double layer flannel cloth with a decorative zig zagged edge.

You can make yourself a whole set, using a basic rectangle shape of 2.25" x 3". 

Now, I'm sure you're wondering "How do I wash these little cloths without them getting lost in the laundry?" Well, make a cute little wash bag of course!

You can make your wash bag to match your cloths or use a different fabric. 

Start by collecting your fabrics. To make your bag you will need:

1/4 yard of fabric
4 male and 4 female plastic or metal snaps
A piece of utility mesh cut 18" x 10"

Start by cutting your top and bottom strips of fabric. 

Top strip: 18" x 3"
Bottom strip: 18" x 4"

Next, take your top strip and fold  over it's long edges by 1/4" to the wrong side, and press.

Now fold the top strip in half lengthwise and press.

Fold ONE long edge of your bottom piece over 1/4" towards the wrong side and press.

Now it's time to cut your mesh! You will need a rectangle that is 18" x 10".

Lay your rectangle flat, take your bottom fabric piece, right side facing UP, and line up it's long raw edge with one of the long edges on your mesh. Pin the folded edge of your bottom piece in place.

Stitch 1/8" from your folded edge. I suggest sewing with your flannel down so your mesh doesn't get caught on your feed dogs as you sew. 

Next you will attach the top piece (where you'll attach your snaps later).

You're going to sandwich your mesh between your folded flannel top piece, like so:

Pin in place, and stitch 1/8" from the bottom (towards the mesh) of your top piece.

You should now have your top piece, and your bottom piece sewn onto your mesh. Fold your bag in half (side to side) with your fabric pieces right sides together, lining up the top and bottom. You may find that your side edge is not even, that's ok. Line up your top, and bottom and using a quilting ruler cut your side edge so it lines up.

Next you're going to stitch your side and bottom of your bag closed. This is where your ribbon is used! To stabilize your side seam, cut your ribbon 10". Pin your ribbon along your side seam starting at the bottom and going to the top. Your ribbon may not reach the top of your bag - don't worry. It only needs to cover your entire mesh side seam.

Stitch your side seam using a 1/4" seam allowance, sewing over both layers of mesh and your ribbon. I suggest sewing with your ribbon on the bottom which will keep your mesh from getting caught on your feed dogs. After you've stitched a straight line at 1/4", go back over your straight stitch with a zig zag stitch. 

Your side seam is done!

Switch your machine back to straight stitch and stitch along the bottom of your bag using a 1/4" seam allowance. Once your bottom seam is closed turn your bag right side out and poke out your corners! You're almost done! 

Now it's time to attach some snaps to close the top of your bag!

Using a quilting ruler and a fabric pen mark where you want your snaps to be placed. I marked about every 2 inches.

Using your awl, poke a hole through ONE side of your top fabric. 

Install your sockets on one side of your bag, and your studs on the opposite side (so they snap together). 

Snap your snaps together and there you have it, a mini wash bag for all of your cute face cloths!

Ready. Set. SEW!

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