February 13, 2010

A Bath Pouf. That, Um, Looks Like a Rose....

Have you ever had an idea, and you thought "That's awesome! It'll be so fantastic!!" and then you make it, and you realize that it's really kind of kooky? That sort of happened here today. (well, a couple of days ago)
I was trying to think of something to do with these old towels I had. I think sometimes I try to hard to think of craft ideas. That's when projects like this are born:




It's a bath pouf. Out of an old towel. Kind of kooky.
But, I thought I would post it anyway, on the odd chance that someone might want to make one.
And if not, please enjoy a laugh at my expense :o)


  • What you do, is cut about 1.5 inches off one side of towel (to get that finished edge), and two circles out of the middle. I think I traced a random lid to get my size.
  • Then sew a long strait stitch on the raw edge of the two strip.

  • Gently pull the bottom thread to gather your strip, pretty tightly.
  • Sew it onto one of the circles in a spiral shape, starting on the outside.

  • Cut a 1.5"x6" strip, and finish the edges with a tight zig-zag stitch.


  • Then pin the two circles together, with your 7" strip laid across the bottom.
  • Sew a tight zig-zag around the two circles, sewing right over each side of the strip on the bottom.


  • Trim the edges of your handle to match the circle edges!


There. All done! At least they're easy!
Maybe it would be cute in a gift basket?


Ghetto craft aside, I am feeling so cheery today!
It's a beautiful, sunny day, the esspresso's brewin', and I've got nothing to do!
I hope you're all having a cheery day today, too!
God bless!

P.S. What should I make next??

125 comments:

  1. I think this is a cute idea and a great make for the kids! My girls would love this! And I think you're being resourceful! Oh happy day!
    xo,
    elizabeth

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  2. Hey Disney,
    I always look forward to your blog, no matter how "Kooky" the craft might be. Thanks for the morning laugh :) Hope you have a great weekend!!
    P.S. Maybe more toddler dresses? I think with the sun shine, and mild weather it feels like spring is a lot closer some days!! Take Care

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  3. I think it turned out really cute! You should make some bath clothes out of the same fabric for a barbie....Boo plays "Ariel" in the shower with her dolls for like an hour every night!

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  4. I thought the bath poof turned out cute! :o)

    Maybe your next project could be something cute for little boys (hint, hint). ;)

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  5. I love this. I want one for myself. This is a great gift idea and so unique. I love that you can't buy one at the store. It should be a big hit.

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  6. that's actually really cute! I think I'm going to make one :D

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  7. I love this idea! I think it's so cute and could really add something to a boring bathroom/shower. :)

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  8. If that's your dorkiest craft, then you are incredible! It turned out quite sweet!

    And oddly enough I have a weird attachment to some towels I had in college (long story) and this might be a good repurpose for them.

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  9. Um...I guess I'm kooky and a bit ghetto--cuz I think this is super fun! What about attaching it to a wooden handle? Perhaps this is even more ghetto, but could you make one of these out of a textured dishcloth for dishwashing? alrighty, I'm done.

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  10. I think it's cute too! My girls would like it if I made them one too

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  11. Kooky or not it's pretty cute. I totally think that it would be great for kids! I wonder if you could use an old doll as a handle and the "flower" section as a skirt? Maybe a guy version next??? Like accordian style, that's how my traditional poofs are made, or something else from that brilliant head of yours? Can't wait to see :)

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  12. I think this is kind of cute! I have a towel that one of the edges frayed on and I was wondering what I could make with it.

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  13. Your "kooky" is my "completely awesome". Long live kooky I say!

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  14. Kooky suggestion for what you could do next: How about making a lovely gift basket (kooky pouf included) and sending it to me??!!! :D

    Happy Valentine's weekend!!

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  15. You know the more I think about this the more I like it - it is washable!!

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  16. This is actually so cute and what a fun way to extend the life of a beat up old towel. Very creative and crafty of you!

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  17. i like it i think its cute! and if nothing else its a good way to make fabric flowers.

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  18. That is actually really cute. I have a bunch of old faded towels that I bought dye for. I haven't done it yet but I was planning on dying them & using them us the underside for fabric placemats. That way when my boys drip milk out of their cereal bowl it will be absorbed & I can just put throw the mats in the wash.

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  19. I think its actually a good idea. Its really cute! It would be cute to make a "spa" themed basket for a friend or something.

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  20. I LOVE this, I love anything that recycles. It's not a ghetto craft! It's a green, frugal craft. I will be linking! Love it!!!

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  21. This is adorable! Cuter than a pouf and softer too. This isn't ghetto at all!

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  22. Like the others, I think this is a great idea - and that it would be super cute w/matching bag filled w/spa goodies. =)

    I'm really enjoying this blog and it's encouraging to see how your faith is a real facet of you and your work. Thanks for putting the work into this blog, I know it takes time to do!

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  23. What a wonderful repurpose idea!

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  24. That's so adorable. You're seriously a creative genius! :D

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  25. Aaw I think these are reallly cute!! This would be a super fun idea to add to like a bath gift basket for someone.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  26. I love this. This is something I could totally do, with my limited sewing skills (but thanks to you, I am learning more and more) - you rock!!!

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  27. Hey, that's a great idea and very cute for my daughter's bathroom. It's Hawaiian style, so big flowers? Heck ya!

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  28. I think it's a great idea! I hate the ones that you get in the store. This would be great to just throw in the laundry and easy to make a bunch of them. Great gift idea to go along with a Bath and Body works gift. Glad you posted it!

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  29. Actually, I think that is a great idea! I like the bath poufs that are made out of plastic netting (?) but I hate that I can't throw it in the wash with the towels. And it would be very cute in a gift basket with some nice body wash!!!

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  30. I really like this! It's very feminine, would look great in the bathrooms, am awesome diy gift too! I'm definitely making some, these are better than the cheapy things at the stores. Love it! Have a great day!

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  31. Ha ha - this would be perfect for my friend's little girl - they always use flannels (we dont! - we DO wash, just never use flannels!)- and, as a family, seem to have hundreds of them - so hey, lets see if we can make them all redundant!!!

    Rx

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  32. I like this idea! My skin gets irritated using the mesh type bath poufs, so using an old towel to make my own would be a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  33. It looks totally cute! Somehow everything you make looks cute.

    And I was wondering if you had any ideas what to make with all those old tights that don't fit anymore...

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  34. I think it's super cute. I love your creative ideas!!

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  35. Ok, seriously, that's adorable! I don't know why you think it's kooky, I don't think it's ghetto at all! It would be SO cute in a gift basket with some bubble bath & candles.

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  36. I think it turned out very cute!!

    I just might have to make one..

    I also might make an extra one and use it for my horses bath time, she is white on her legs and most of her stomach and they get DIRTY!!!

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  37. What you talkin' bout girl? Those are super cute!

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  38. Please keep doing kooky crafts. This was really cute. I saw a rose pouf at wal-mart that was cute, but yours was better. These would be great stocking stuffers or a part of a spa basket.

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  39. That kooky thing happens to me too. I have a ton of button down "work" shirts that I want to combine with some fabric for a dress. You know some cute suiting fabrics. I thought of the idea and am figuring out how to go about doing it. Any tips would be helpful. (Or maybe you could try)
    www.simplyhomemadedhappiness.blogspot.com

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  40. oh my goodness! this is so great! Have a lot of old towls that are not quite that great anymore, but awesome for thi project!!! Thanx for sharing!!!!

    love Miranda

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  41. What to make next??? A great tutorial for a beach bag!

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  42. What a great craft, I don't find it kooky one bit! Thanks for sharing!

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  43. You make the cutest things. I would like to see more adult size crafts. :)

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  44. Not kooky! Cute!!! I want to make one now!

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  45. This is too cute! I am going to make one for my mother-in-law. She will LOVE it.

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  46. I'd love to see how to make a cute toddler shirt or dress out of an plain t-shirt from mommy or daddy's closet. :-) The bath "pouf" is really cute though. You are so very creative.

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  47. I think that's an awesome idea! A "poof" that you can actually throw in the washer/dryer...great idea!

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  48. I think it's cute, but if you really think it's a fail, you should post it over at http://craftfail.com

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  49. How amazingly adorable!! I LOVE your tutorials and I will for sure try this one!!

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  50. I think it turned out cute! It would make a great addition to a bath gift basket.

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  51. I also thought it was cute. It could be dressed up by "binding" it with come cute fabric.

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  52. OMGoodness. I love it. I have been making, what I call "Towlies", for years. They are the head wraps that you put on your wet hair after a shower. For some reason, I have been saving the scraps and I have a huge bag of them. The scraps happen to be all of the towel edges. I now have a beautiful bath scrub to make to go with the Towlie. Thank you, so much, for sharing! I can't wait to get started!

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  53. Love this idea, not silly at all, would make a great present, made from a new towel....Very cute.

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  54. Actially, that's fantastic and genius. I like the pouf a la store, but not really washable to my satisfaction. Just throw this in with the load of towels!!! And honestly, it's a-dorable.

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  55. Aww, I think it's cute...and totally usable!
    -Mags

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  56. I actually think this is cute, but I did grow up in the ghetto. ;-)

    -FringeGirl

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  57. If you're taking requests, I would love to see some little boy clothes/crafts!

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  58. OKAY I totally love this. It would also make AWESOME bathroom decor!. I am jealous you thought of it first!

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  59. I didn't read into many of the comments. But Disney - you are a fantastic crafter. Quit second guessing yourself! I find your ideas fascinating no matter how small and your inginuity is inspiring. Please post what you deem "kooky" or "ghetto" for us to be inspired. I loooooove your posts!!!

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  60. I love this as well... I have vintage pottery in my girls' bathroom for their washcloths, and it would be so much prettier with these!

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  61. Oh my goodness! Not goofy at all. This is such a GREAT idea to upcycle those old worn out towels.

    Thanks!
    LisaRenata

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  62. Ghetto, kooky...call it what you like, I love it. I always find the mesh scrubbies you can get at the store to be too harsh, but washcloths are often very bulky and seem to always get away from me. I love this idea!

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  63. This is NOT kooky nor ghetto. It is totally fab!! I want to make some myself~! You. Are. Awesome.

    =-D

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  64. I think this is so cute! Very resourceful too! I need a new bath poof but my husband I are on a really tight budget right now, so I think I will just make one or two! Thank you for the idea! And all of the other great ideas you have! I hope my first child is a girl so I can make some of the cute things you have made for your little one :)

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  65. I actually think this is very pretty. Simple, and will do a good job foaming up without having to scrunch up a washcloth.

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  66. It's totally cute! What are you talkin' about? :)

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  67. Wonderful idea! thanks for the inspiration!!

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  68. So darling! I just love the alterations you have made on your daughters clothes to make them last a little longer. Do you have any advice to boys clothes? I can't really make them into skirts or add a bow?

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  69. I think this is lovely! What a fun way to bring a sweet touch to the bathroom. Thanks for the how-to, I'll be linking.

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  70. So cute! I don't think it's weird at all.

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  71. Such a good idea. I have a bunch of towels that are about to be past their prime and this would be the perfect project to use them for. Thanks!

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  72. This is so cute and very creative! I really enjoy reading your blog!

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  73. ghetto! Are you kidding me! Do you know how CUTE that is going to make someones hand towels in their guest bathroom!

    I cannot get enough of the cute stuff you come up with!

    This is going on my blog tomorrow!!

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  74. ::throwing gangster hand signs:: (ya ok dorky one, but still)

    LOVE IT!!! going find me a yellow towel, because for some reason this is saying YELLOW to me.. LOVE IT!!!

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  75. I love it! I featured it on my blog today!! I just know my readers will love it too :)

    Raychel

    www.MyCreativeWay.blogspot.com

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  76. i think that's a fabulous idea.

    i am however starting to tire from all the "flowers" being made so im trying to think of something else to make for this project (and for all the other projects ive been wanting to tackle). hmmm... but the flower is sooo easy, huh?

    btw, my sis directed me to your blog today and you are now bookmarked. love it! thank you for blogging.

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  77. Just found your blog from gordon gossip... so fantastic!

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

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  78. I am a new reader and firstly I have to say I LOVE your blog.

    Secondly this is a fantastic idea! I am in a sorority and so many girls in the house have these super cute towel bath wraps and robes and this would be the perfect embellishment for one! In fact I'm going to make one and find out....

    Thanks for all your creative ideas! It is so refreshing to read in my hectic life here at GaTech =)

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  79. This would be a neat gift. I just found your blog today.

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  80. I know this is an older post with a ton of comments already but I just had to say I LOVE THIS! Does that meen I am kooky & ghetto? :P
    I think this is something my dd would love to help with too! :) I have spent the last few hours (yes, hours) reading your blog and a couple others that I stumbled across last night! I am SO ready to go refashion all the old clothes in my house! My dd could have a whole new summer wardrobe! Oops...I forgot, I only own a cheapo sewing machine and I am not sure I even know how to use it (last time we had a horrible bobbin incident...sigh) :)

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  81. I have been saving this to try! I love kooky crafts. :)

    I changed mine a bit, but you are the inspiration:

    http://perrilyncreations.blogspot.com/2010/04/bath-pouf-inspiration.html

    Thanks!!

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  82. I'm making this for my grandma's 94th birthday. It's sure to be a hit.

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  83. That's such a great idea! Thanks so much for this tutorial! I'm making one for my friend!

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  84. brilliant!! love it!! thanks so much for the tutorial!! : )

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  85. I love it! Thanks.

    Jinna in KS

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  86. Hey, I ran across your website and I believe we must be long, lost, sister's, LOL (joking) I'm so much like you or you're like me, it's not even funny! I'm forever trying to figure out how to re-furbish everything! from the left-over cardboard inserts of paper towel's to ties off of wire's that come with printer equipment! LOL If I can store it..I can think it..I will make it. I'm currently saving every piece of paper, dryer lint, junk mail etc., I'm planning on making a life size paper mache' Santa Claus for my Stairway landing for Christmas 2011. I will snap pictures. I've Mae a lot of thing's but never thought to photo journaling them. Especially for my garden. Back on the subject of your towel flowers! I love the idea. I believe you are right, about putting them in a gift basket with some bath oils, or soaps, also putting a piece of Velcro would make for an awesome shower puff as well. I even in visioned a beautiful set of 3 (yellow, pink, and blue) for a Baby shower basket. Imagine how soft those would be for a newborns skin? filled with ton's of bath time (organic) goodies for the new baby?? It would be totally GREEN!! I can think of ton's of idea's. I think you're a genius of creativity and genuine inspiration! Don't ever call your idea's goofy, far out, strange, or weird ..Again, I happen to love your idea's ad you are a GENIOUS!! Keep up the good workings. I'll be back often..I'll definitely snap some picture's of my Life-Size Santa when I begin..from A-Z I'm going to snap everything. This is a project I've been holding on to for about 5 years. I even found a mink fur @ a yard~sale I'm going to use for the trim on his red velvet hat and coat!! Good Day to you!!

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  87. I think this project is a great idea for my preteens sleep over this will keep them off there cell phones and away from the tv for a while .

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  88. This is so cute and a good use for old towels! I Love it!

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  89. Um, does it have to be a bath pouf? I mean, sometimes I see really beautiful, rich bath towels at department stores and think, "So lovely! I wouldn't really want to dry my hands on them." Plus: expensive. But, if I could get two roses out of one hand towel, and maybe add beads, embroidery or (my weakness) sequins, I would have the velvety richness and body of the terry but it would be much less fragile than actual velvet! I've made velvet roses before but they don't last through breakfast -- someone always spills!

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  90. "Ghetto craft aside.."
    I've never expected to see those 2 words together in a sentence. If this is your idea of a ghetto craft, 'hoods everywhere would be quite a bit prettier if they had you as a... decorator(?) Keep beasting in the crafts department!

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  91. I stumbledupon this and I absolutely love this!! I actually have a few of the same towel you used to make this laying around and since I'm currently pouf-less I might just try this soon!

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  92. That's a fantastic idea! Love it!

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  93. It couldn't be nicer and useful! Thanks a lot for the tutorial!

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  94. Two days ago my latest $2 pouf unwound itself while I was trying to shower leaving me with a meshy mess. I was so aggravated that I keep wasting money on them. This is exactly what I needed to see. Thanks!

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  95. I love it! It's really cute!

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  96. Great idea!! I would love a bath pouf that you can actually wash and reuse. The mesh ones give me the creeps after too long lol!

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  97. Don't be hard on yourself. This is NOT kooky! In fact, I loved it so much, I featured it on my blog! :) It's a fabulous project!
    http://vixenmade.blogspot.com/2011/08/spa-at-home.html

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  98. ummm...so i must be living in a ghetto because i just bought one of these..haha!...actually paid money for it because i thought it was adorable...i'm thrilled i can make one on my own :) thanks for the tutorial!

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  99. this is such a great idea! i have so many old wash clothes that these

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  100. I think this is the best idea! I really don't like those puffs in the store. They can't be properly cleaned. I love that I could make one for each day of the week, I am wierd and like whatever is cleaning me to be clean,lol. Thanks for the idea and I will have to make a few of these!

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  101. Looks great! And it would actually be nice and scrubby unlike a lot of those things.
    Now if only I were a chick.

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  102. Maybe kooky, but will go perfectly on the "towel cake" I'm making for my friend's bridal shower.

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  103. Wow, makes me wish I wasn't so scared of my sewing machine! It's very clever and beautiful!

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  104. Loved them...can you use any old towel?

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  105. I love this soft rose! I must sew it immediately!!

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  106. Kooky and adorable! My daughter would love one of these! Thanks for coming up with the idea and offering the tutorial!!

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  107. Hi! I'm just now discovering you & I think you are just fabulous! I need to make a 'manly' version of this for the husband. Regular 'poufs' give him the heebie jeebies because they don't get washed. This would be perfect!

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  108. I see Christmas gifts on the way! Txs!

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  109. I'm one of those people that scrunches up my wash cloth for bathing so I think this idea is terrific. I am also someone with sensitive skin so have to use bar soap. I'd zigzag stitch the edges of the circles and then sew them together, leaving an opening to insert the soap. This is on my 'make' list. Thanx for being kooky!!!!!

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  110. This is so cute!! And I have all the materials needed! Thank you!

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  111. This is a good idea for those old worn out towels I have a nice stack of them also could make a long one to put left over pieces of soap just an idea hint hint

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