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DIY Travel Kit Out of a Washcloth – Roll Up Travel kit in 5 minutes

Don’t you just hate it when you go on a vacation trip and you realize that you forgot to bring some of your toilet necessities with you? It happened way too many times to me, so I decided to do something about it. To somehow prevent it from happening.

That’s when I came up with an idea to sew a travel kit. That way, I can keep all the things I need on a trip ready to go at any time.

diy travel kit arrangement

The best part about it is its simplicity. It sews up in a flash. And you don’t even have to buy any materials. You can just repurpose a washcloth instead. Which means that this DIY travel kit is also environmentally friendly.

diy washcloth travel kit

If you like the idea and want one for yourself, take a look at this step by step washcloth travel kit tutorial I have prepared for you.

How to make a washcloth travel kit

DIY washcloth travel kit supplies

diy travel kit supplies and washcloth

When it comes to required materials for this project, you don’t need much.

A washcloth, a ribbon in a color of your choice, and two threads of different colors.

The tools you will be using are scissors or shears, pins, and a sewing machine, or a needle if you prefer sewing by hand.

How to sew a DIY travel kit out of washcloth

STEP 1: Add your creative touch to it

Since the washcloth is already cut into a shape you can add just a bit of creativity and add a simple decoration. Team lazy decided to go the simplest way possible – stitch simple squares using a tight zig zag stitch. As you can see, I matched the pattern design with the shape of my pouch. If you prefer you can skip this step altogether.

diy travel kit embroidery

STEP 2: Mark the pockets and the fold

Decide how much pockets you want your pouch to have, and how wide you want them. To do that fold the bottom of the washcloth up about 2/3 of the way and insert the items you want to carry in the roll up.

diy travel kit arrange toiletries

Pin them when you make your choice. I made three rows here, which means that my pouch will have four pockets.

Narrow pockets are better for items like toothbrushes, tweezers, or nail files because they hold them in place firmly. Wider ones are better for deodorants or toothpastes.

travel kit pinned washcloth

With this, the items in the pouch won’t be touching each other. And since the fabric absorbs moisture very well, it will remain hygienic and tidy.

STEP 3: Sew the pockets of the travel kit

Next thing you need to do is to sew the pockets and the ribbon. First deal with the pockets. Stitch them with a sewing machine or by hand if you wish. I recommend that you use a thread of different color than the one you used to make a pattern on the fold.

sewing the washcloth travel kit

STEP 4: Sew the ribbon

Once you finish making the pockets, it’s time to sew the ribbon. Stitch it to the middle of the pouch, on the back. This will allow you to tie it up over the fold when you’ve packed everything you need. Nothing will fall out no matter how much your bags tumble around during the trip.

diy travel kit attaching ribbon

That’s it, your pouch is ready for the next adventure.

diy travel kit roll up


I hope you liked this DIY travel kit out of washcloth tutorial. Now you can make your own unique travel pouch. Let me know how it turned out in the comments.


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Bonita - July 5, 2021

I enjoy easy, quick little sewing projects for hostess gifts , favours, etc. And really enjoyed your patterns . Thankyou! Cute website that you have!!!

Denise Lee - July 6, 2021

You’re very creative! I enjoy watching your videos and searching your website. You have given me many, many ideas for home made gifts. I really enjoy making these lovely items and my family and friends love receiving unique and very practical and useful gifts!
I always like to find a way to THANK special people in my life and you made that possible – they would never find my gift anywhere to buy at retail.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH for posting and emailing me when you have a new cute thing to make!!

Ruth - July 21, 2021

Love this idea!!! Great gift …

Patricia - November 18, 2021

What a fun project – great stocking stuffer for the upcoming holidays!

Julie - November 18, 2021

What a clever idea, brilliant! Thanks for sharing at Handmade Monday.

Esmé Slabbert - November 18, 2021

Love it, Thank you so much for sharing your post at our Senior Salon Pit Stop.
Pinned to Senior Salon Pit Stop InLinkz Linkup Shares board and tweeted @EsmeSalon #SeniorSalonPitStop

Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife - November 23, 2021

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing on Traffic Jam Weekend at! I think my readers would enjoy this tutorial, so we’d love to have you share on my two other link parties as well. Happiness is Homemade runs from Sundays thru Thursdays and You’re the Star Blog Hop runs month long with new features posted every Monday.

Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife

Chickenruby - November 25, 2021

this will be handy for my travels

Thanks for linking with #pocolo

Donna @ Modern on Monticello - December 1, 2021

This is a great project and so very useful. Thanks for sharing such a practical gift idea as well. #HomeMattersParty

Joanne - December 12, 2021

What a handy little crafting project! Thanks for sharing with us. Pinned.


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