Washcloth Toiletry Roll-Up

Moore's Sewing Projects

Okay, I admit that for years I’ve used a zip lock plastic bag to put my toothbrush in when I travel, but this is so much better. When I get home I can just toss the roll-up into the washing machine.

Summer time around my house means visitors. I think it has something to do with the beach and Disneyland, but I could be wrong.  Some time ago I read an article on how to make your guests feel welcome by putting out a basket with items they may have forgotten to pack. I took the cue from my favorite hotel and include a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, body lotion, and shampoo. By including this washcloth roll-up, guests will be able to take home the items they want in a compact and convenient way, and hopefully, they will use it for future travel.

12” square washcloth
25” of ribbon


1. Use Fray Check or other seam sealant on the ends of the ribbon to keep it from raveling. Set aside to dry.

2. Fold up the bottom edge 5” (This makes the finished project 7” high.)

3. On the right hand edge place a pin  3 1/2” up from bottom.

4. Fold the ribbon so one side is 11” long and the other is 14” long. Place the fold of the ribbon at the 3 1/2” mark (where the pin is) with the shorter length on top (this will provide the extra length needed to tie a bow somewhat centered when the kit is rolled up with items inside.)

5. Stitch across the ribbon to secure it to the washcloth.

6. Line up front and back side edges. Mark stitching lines at 3” intervals. The butterfly pins make it easy to see the ‘marks.’

7. Edge stitch both sides.

8. Stitch at marked 3” interval lines.

9. Place your toiletry items into the pockets.

10. Roll up your washcloth starting at the left side and secure with the ribbon.
This project reminds me of the purse organizer, but it is much faster and easier.

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