It is really nice to give gifts that look gorgeous. Washcloth roses achieve that gorgeous look. I wanted to give some homemade bath bombs, lip balms, etc in gift bags to friends. What they needed were some gorgeous flowers made from washcloths (flannels) to complete the kits. You could also use them for a different Valentine’s Day gift. I thought they might be difficult but despite one fiddly bit they are actually rather easy and quick to do (after the first one).
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You will need:
Washcloth or flannel. All that matters is that it is square.
Fold the cloth in half across the diagonal so that you now have a triangle.
From on corner of the triangle start rolling the cloth up along the fold. Continue until you have about a finger length left.
Continue to roll up the cloth to the end of the folded side but turn a small amount of the folded edge outwards to start to form the rose detail.
Ensuring that the end of the roll is trapped, fold the cloth in half as shown. You should have trapped the end of the roll so that it does not come undone.
The fiddly bit! You now need to turn through the ‘rose part’ of the washcloth so that it is inside the other end of the roll. It is rather like pairing up socks into a ball.
Your rose should now have appeared and be about half the length of the roll you had made.
Now you just need to tidy up your rose. It looks great if you draw down the centre of the rose slightly so that it looks more natural. You can also curl back some of the layers slightly so that they look more like petals. You have now finished your rose!
I have shown you with a strongly coloured washcloth as I thought it showed up better in the photographs but I made some gorgeous delicate pink roses. I used these in my gift bags!
So, as you can see, if you persevere a little with the fiddly bit washcloth roses really are very easy and as there is no sewing involved they can simply be unrolled and used as washcloths!
So, have fun, and give these a try. You probably have a cloth somewhere already to use but if not they are available on Amazon.
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