DIY: Linen Bath Mitt

DIY: Linen Bath Mitt

A linen wash mitt is a great idea if you are looking for a simple way to add a thoughtful addition to your bath. 

Linen was one of the primiary household textiles used in 18th-century France.  This tradition carries on today in the various home items still made with linen. 

The bath mitt is made with linen for its absorbent quality and its ability to dry quickly.  You can store your bar of soap inside or wear it on your hand as you wash.  These are perfect for children to use in the bathtub because they are fun to use in a soapy bath.

These classic mitts are stilled featured in many Europeans bathtubs are a beautiful way to decorate your bath with a useful item.  View the easy steps and get started on your bath mitt today.

Materials:

  • Two different shades of linen
  • Twill tape or just extra linen
  • Sewing machine
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors

Remember, you should always preshrink your link by wasking, drying, and ironing it before starting any project.

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I used IL019 and 4C22 linen for my wash mitt because they are both thick and durable.  They are the perfect weight for a wash mitt.  I still double-layered them when sewing to make it even thicker.I select IL019 in Mixed Natural and 4C22 in Emerald.

These are the colors I chose, but you should have fun choosing whatever shades of linen you like!  I would explore the color options available for heavy-weight 4C22 first.

Here is an even better reason to stock up on more shades of 4C22- right now, until Sunday, March 25th, 4C22 Linen is ON SALE!

View 4C22 colors here>>

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Cut a rectangle 10" wide by 26" long out of the Mixed Natural linen.

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I wanted my linen mitt to be thicker and more durable, so I double-layered mine by folding it in half.  This gave me a rectangle measuring 10" wide by 13" long.mitt4.jpg

Cut another rectangle 3 1/2 wide by 26 inches long, out of the green linen.

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I double-layered this as well, giving me a striped measuring 3 1/2" by 13"

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With the "wrong" side facing up (this isn’t a concern unless  you are using a linen with a pattern), fold both short ends of the green linen in by 1/2"mitt7.jpg

Press these folds down with a hot iron and center the strip on the Mixed Natural linen’s edge.

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Sew over the folded edges and down the long edge.

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Flip the undyed strip to the "right" side of the Mixed Natural linen. Fold the edges in of the green linen to prepare for a topstitch.

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Topstitch all the way around the green linen, close to the edges.

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Maybe sew the line a little straighter than me…haha.  It’s okay though.  I always consider mistakes as "rustic" details.  It works!

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I can’t even tell it’s not straight from far away!  Anyways, I like to iron my linen between steps to make the edges cleaner.  Sewing straight lines is usually easier that way too.mitt13.jpg

Fold the mitt in half with the right side facing up, making a 9 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle.  Sew the raw edges with a 1/2" seam.

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Once the raw edges are sewn, trim the corners and trim the seam allowance down to a 1/4"

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If you have bias tape or twill tape, use it for this next step.  If not, then cut a strip of fabric, like I did, about 1 1/2 inches wide and long enough to fit around the side of the mitt, plus a few extra inches for the handle.mitt15.jpg

I folded in the edges of the strip to make a clean border around the raw and then sewed it down.

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It’s really easy to do and makes a nice border around two edges.

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I just kept sewing the strip along the border so there was some extra fabric for a loop handle.  This makes it possible to hang your wash mitt in the shower.  Just make a loop and stitch the end to the base to create your handle. Now you can use a linen bath mitt the next time you relax in the tub or take a hot shower!

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2 comments

  1. AmyCat =^.^=

    Another good bath item which can be made from scraps: make a bag about half this size with either a drawstring closure or a fold-over flap, and fill it with the left-over bits of soap you get when a soap bar is nearly used up. When wet, use it like a soapy sponge. It’ll provide a good scrubby-but-not-TOO-abrasive surface, and let you use up soap that’d otherwise be wasted.

    1. Taryn

      @Amy – That’s an awesome idea – thank you so much! I love to use handcrafted, organic soaps that I can find locally from different “green” spas and boutiques, or at craft fairs from artisans themselves – it’s an easy, inexpensive way to “indulge” as well as supporting artisans and businesses that are doing their part to promote sustainable materials and support local artisans and small businesses. I also “sharpen” soap and use it as marking chalk for many sewing projects! This leaves me with lots of small bits of soap that I refuse to waste by throwing away but often struggle to hold on to – literally. Not any more – thanks again!

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