Making a bath mitt from a dish towel is practical for in-home use and you can pair it with pretty soaps or homemade scrubs for a nice gift.
Things You'll Need
- Terrycloth dish towel
- Water-soluble marker
- Straight pins
- Hand-sewing needle and thread or sewing machine
Optional trims or appliques
- Terrycloth dish towels work better than tea towels because they are more absorbent and softer on skin.
- Bathroom washcloths or terrycloth bar mop towels can also work for this project.
Step 1: Fold and Mark
Fold the dish towel so that the short ends are together and the right-sides are facing. Place your hand on the towel with your wrist about an inch above the short ends. Use the marker to dot the towel at the outer and top edges of your hand. Use the ruler to measure out from those dots to create your cutting line. Add 1/2 inch on each side and 1 inch at the top. Connect the extended dots using the ruler and your marker to create three cutting lines. Hold the area within the cutting lines together using several straight pins.
Add a pin to each of the four corners of the marked area to keep it secure. Place the pins about 1/2 inch in from the line, and you won't have to remove them when it's time to sew.
Step 2: Cut it Out
Cut out the bath mitt following the lines you drew with the marker. Two rectangles will still be still pinned together.
Do not remove the pins yet.
If you plan to add an applique, trim or embroidery to the mitt, this is the time to do it. Unpin the pieces and add trim to the right side of the mitt as desired. When finished, place the wrong sides and finished edges of the towel back together again and re-pin for sewing.
Step 3: Stitch
Start at one side of the finished edge of the towel and sew around the three cut edges of the cloth. Make your seam about 1/4 inch from the cut edge.
- Keep the stitches close together to prevent the mitt pulling apart later.
- Reinforce the stitches in each corner by sewing over them a couple of times before proceeding.
Step 4: Finish
Remove the pins and turn the mitt right-side-out.