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Video:How to Make a Washcloth Whale

with Holly Deambrosi

A whale washcloth scrubber is a fun and easy project to make for your child. It also makes a great gift for a baby shower or birthday party.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Washcloth Whale

Hi, I’m Holly Deambrosi for About.com. Here’s a fun and easy project to make for your child. It also makes a great addition to a baby shower gift.

Supplies to Make a Washcloth Whale

To make a washcloth whale, you will need:
  • 2 or 3 soft terry washcloths (the smaller the loops are on the terry cloth, the softer it will be)
  • Matching polyester thread (cotton thread may shrink when you wash it)
  • Needle
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Measuring tape
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Permanent marker
  • Whale pattern

Create a Pattern for a Whale

I began by creating a pattern for the whale. First I did a search online for a whale silhouette. Then I printed the shape to use as a pattern, making sure the whale was the dimensions I want for the finished project. My whale will be approximately 3" x 6”.

Cut Out the Whale Pieces

Once you’ve printed your pattern, cut it out with about at least a quarter-inch seam allowance on all sides. Now, place the pattern on one of the washcloths, making sure it doesn’t cover any seams or stitching. Trace around the pattern with a fabric marking pen. Repeat this step to create another whale shape.

You should have two whale-shaped terry cloth pieces. Cut a 2 1/2” x 7” rectangle out of the remaining terry cloth. Fold the rectangle in half, and sew along the open edge, creating a tube. Turn it inside out so that the seam is on the inside. This will be a strap for the back of the whale.

Place the Tube Properly

Next, place the tube between the two whale-shaped pieces of terry cloth. The edges of the two whales should line up, and the ends of the tube should stick out on either end.

Sew the Whale Pieces Together

Pin the pieces together. Sew the two pieces together, making sure the tube is sewn into the seam, but leave about 2” open on the bottom of the whale. You can do the sewing by hand or by machine. Once you’ve sewn the two pieces together, turn the whale inside out, so the seams are once again on the inside. Now fill the whale with fiberfill. You’ll want to really stuff this guy so he’s nice and plump.

Add Finishing Touches to Your Washcloth Whale

Once you’ve filled the whale, hand-stitch it closed. Using a permanent marker, add a smile and an eye. Add some spots on his back to give him a little more character. You can also do this with embroidery, but I don’t recommend adding beads or wiggle eyes as they may scratch your child when you use the whale as a scrubber.

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