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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Dishcloth Pajamas

Presenting ordinary, practical items in different ways can be a challenge for gift giving. Dishcloths are one thing that no new homemaker or even a long time homemaker would ever say no to. They fall under the category of there's no such thing as too many!

Dishcloth Pajamas

I discovered a novel way give dishcloths from a vendor at a farmer's market. It was immediately apparent that these would make a really cute housewarming present. So I bought a set simply to take them apart to see how they were made. Besides, I can always use more dishcloths!

Pictured here are dishcloth pajamas that are just perfect for a novel housewarming gift. They are quite inexpensive and easy to make using simple folds and tacking them together with thread.


Materials Needed:

  • 3 dish cloths
  • 2 buttons
  • thread
  • needle
  • glue (optional)
  • cutsey verse (see below)
Fold the wash cloths to form the pieces:

sleeves: Fold one wash cloth in half to form a rectangle. Fold in half again.
pants: Fold 1 inch of an edge on one wash cloth. Turn so the folded edge in down on the table. Fold one edge to the centre and repeat with the other edge. Tack the cuff edges together using needle and tread.
top: Fold one wash cloth in half to form a rectangle. Fold each short end in to the centre of the rectangle. Turn down the top corners to form the collar. Tack into place with needle and thread. The original pajamas I worked from had the buttons glued on but I prefer to sew them on. Punch a small hole in the printed verse and attach when adding one button. On top of the pants as pictured and tack into place.

To assemble:

Place the sleeves long end facing you. Place the pants on top in the centre of the sleeves, cuff end facing you. Tack these pieces together with needle and thread. Place the top

We look like pajamas
but really we're not
We are three little dishcloths
You'll like us a lot

For washing the dishes or
chasing the dirt
Just take us apart
It really won't hurt


Garden Gnome
© 2007


Susan said...

don't bother to approve this for comments, but you seemed very concerned about copyright a few weeks back.................
am i correct that this method of putting dishcloths together is probably protected by copyright?
just wondering

Garden Gnome said...

Copyright is an issue for any blog and since I have four blogs well, it is an issue. As far as the dishcloths, I bought them then took them apart to see how they were made. There were no instructions other than what I wrote (my words aka copyright protected) based on how I decided to make similar dishcloth pajamas and I did make significant changes. In fact, I'm likely making mine a lot different that the orginal maker and since an ingredient (material) cannot be copyright protected, I'd say the only things in common is the buttons, dishcloths and thread. The cutsey verse is the same but no author was noted on the original tag so I have no idea where it came from but I could easily make up one of my own. It's not a real brain thinker. My version would have something to do about garden gnomes and I likely would not even call them pajamas.

Basically this is my version of this craft.

A "Mother of Two" said...

Too cute and very creative!

MnkyMama said...

I love this! so cute!!