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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Basic Sew : Bath Pouf

Repurposed Bath Towel- To Pouf Pad

This is so easy to make using just an old bath towel. Follow along and you'll soon find yourself making loads of these!

What you do, is cut about 1.5 inches off one side of towel (to get that finished edge), and two circles out of the towel. Use a lid, jar (well really anything round will do) to give you a trace pattern for your nice round circles.

Then sew a long straight stitch on the raw edge of the two strip.

Next you are going to ~gather~ your fabric.

To make a ~gather~ of your fabric piece you can do it one of two ways:

Method 1. Set your sewing machine tension to the to the loosest and longest length of stitch. In other words: set your machine to a really wide straight stitch width (or basting stitch). Then begin sewing- making sure to leave a good two inches of thread on the beginning and the end of the fabric. Then gently grasp the fabric with one hand and with your other gently begin to pull the thread to make your fabric bunch as seen in the photo.


I like to make two lines of stiches (one directly below the first) This helps if the first thread breaks- you'll have a backup stitch.

It's important to not back thread your stitches either at the beginning or the end or you'll end up with a big old mess and have to start over.

Method 2. Using a normal Zig Zag stitch on your machine begin sewing slowly while gently pulling the bottom (bobbin) thread to gather your strip. The secret here is to not get in a rush or you'll end up breaking the thread.

Next: Sew it onto one of the circles in a spiral shape, starting on the outside (see above photo).

Next: Cut a 1.5" x 6" strip, and finish the edges with a tight zig-zag stitch.

Next: Pin the two circles together, with your 7" strip laid across the bottom.

Sew a tight zig-zag around the two circles, sewing right over each side of the strip on the bottom.

Lastly; Trim off the excess edges of your fabric handle to match the circle edges!



There. All done! And it was ~Sew~ easy!

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