Friday, August 1, 2008

Today's craft: Soap Buddies

A long time ago, I saw a craft in a magazine that I thought was awfully cute, but I never got around to making it. After all, it seemed kinda involved.

Well, I finally bit the bullet and discovered something - it's easy! And pretty quick to do! And it will even save you money! You can't beat that.

You will need:

1 washcloth
1 bar of soap
embroidery thread
embroidery hoop, if you have one around (get it? aROUND? I crack myself up)

Center the washcloth in the embroidery hoop and stitch a smallish design, like an initial. Aww, suck it up, you can do that. The bad thing about terry cloth is you'll need to go over your stitches once or twice to make them stand out enough to see the design. The good thing about terry cloth is it's very forgiving so you don't have to be real careful with your stitches.

Remove the hoop and lay the washcloth in front of you so the design is face up. Fold the top down and the bottom up so that the washcloth is folded in thirds.

Lay the bar of soap in the middle and mark the washcloth about 1 inch from each end of the soap. Stitch a seam on the mark through all three layers on both ends of the wash cloth.

Trim the ends to about 1 inch past the seam.

Flip one side right side out and insert a bar of soap. Flip the other side right side out.

The soap will be safely tucked inside so your kid can use it in the bath until the soap is used up, then you simply replace the soap. Your kids can't dump an entire bottle of body wash into the tub again (not that I've had any experience with that or anything) and bar soap is cheaper anyway.

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