I thought it would be fun to show you how to make a pretty dishcloth double as a little gift bag. I make these with crochet dishcloths, but you could just as easily do this with cloths you purchase from the store.
You will need:
A finished dishcloth (or cloths)
A 25″ length of string, ribbon, or yarn for each dishcloth
A small gift to tuck inside the cloth
(I’ve used candy, pretty soaps, lotions, etc)
A gift tag, if desired
A tapestry needle
To begin, thread the needle with the length of string, ribbon, or yarn. With the front of the cloth facing you, weave the needle in and out of the cloth, about 1″ in from the outer edge. (This is through the 2nd to last round crocheted for the cloth used in the example.) Leave the needle threaded, for now.
Turn the cloth over so that the back is facing up. This will become the inside of the little bag. Place a small gift in the center of the cloth. (In the example, I am using Hugs and Kisses.)
Locate both ends of the string and pull them to gather the cloth up around the gift. Tie once. Do not knot the string.
Take the string end that is threaded on the needle and use it to add the gift tag, if you are using one. If your needle tip is too blunt to pierce the tag, you can pierce it with a sharper needle or use a hole punch before threading the tag on the string. Thread the string through the back of the tag and pull it through to the front.
Pull the tag up close to the gift bundle and remove the needle from the string. Take both ends of string and tie them in a cute little bow. Don’t double knot the bow. Clip any excess length from the strings and then find someone special to gift it to.
By the way, this works just as well with a square cloth.
You get just a bit more bulk at the top, above the gather, but it’s still looks sweet all bundled up and sporting a little bow.
And that’s all there is to it. Happy gifting!