Why shouldn’t face flannels be pretty?

We have a lot of face washers (flannels) in our house.  They’re all plain white… not exciting at all.  Yet, my little one absolutely loves them.  She would play with and chew on them all day, if I would let her.


Inspired by Sing All You Want, I decided to make her some pretty ones.  I used a very different method though, so if you were planning on making some too, perhaps check out both posts and see which one will work best for you.

I cut a 10″ square of nice, soft terry towelling, and grabbed a 10″ layer cake square.  I chose some fabrics from ABC Menagerie, a line by Abi Hall for Moda.  It’s colourful, and of excellent quality.


I pinned them right sides together, then sewed around all four sides with a 1/4″ seam, leaving a 4″ gap on one side to be able to turn it through.



Hopefully you can see the gap I left for turning it through in this picture.


I turned it through so that the right sides were facing out, and used the end of a paintbrush to poke the corners out to be as pointy as possible.  In most sewing projects, I would trim the corners to reduce the bulk and make them pointier, but I was a bit worried about the terry towelling enduring this, so I left the corners untrimmed before turning it through.

I pressed the item, and pressed the hole so that the fabric and terry towelling looked like the sides that had been sewn.


I then did a top-stitch around all four sides, taking care to make sure that the hole is nicely closed up in the process.  I back-stitiched a little at the start and finish to make it nice and strong.

Easy, and done!  They are forgiving enough to be a good project for a less confident seamstress, or to be made very quickly by someone with confidence.


I then got carried away and made a whole pile.  These would make great gifts for new babies, particularly where you don’t feel close enough to give a whole quilt (or if you don’t have time to make a whole quilt!).

My creation was tested out at bath time, and was a hit.  These might become a real staple.

My husband asked how much they cost to make, exclusive of time.  I don’t usually do calculations like these, because all quilters know it is a labour of love, not a penny-pinching exercise.  They always cost so much more than a store-bought blanket would (but that’s not the point, darling!  It’s about the love that goes into them).  Anyway, I did the math, and they work out (fairly conservatively) at AU$1.94 each.  Not cheap, but not expensive for something that is colourful and practical.

Have a great week.


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