Well, I promised this tutorial would be posted today “if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creeks don’t rise.” I have to tell you that I’m not sure the Lord was willing but the creeks did not rise. So I took the normal water level as a reluctant “okay” from above, even though just about everything else that could have thwarted my goal today did.
After the pictures from my granddaughter’s 8th Spa-tacular Birthday Party were posted, the American Girl spa wrap has gotten a lot of attention, as well as many requests for the long promised tutorial. This is a follow up to the Girlie Spa Wrap for the girl doll owners.
So all day and into the wee hours of early morning, I have held on to this tutorial mission with the determination of a Pit Bull. Finally, here it is. Please let me know if you find any errors. I didn’t have the luxury of reviewing this for a day or so before posting it. That makes me really nervous.
There have been several questions and comments about the spa wraps I made for my granddaughter’s spa birthday party. The most frequent question is how to get a proper fit, especially for children who are not available for measuring.
After a lot of trial and error, mistakes and do-overs, I think I finally have the sequence and details worked out. So here is a step-by-step spa wrap tutorial from sizing to finish that I hope will be helpful.
Materials you will need to make spa wrap. Note: my color ink cartridge ran out today. On the embroidery design template, the blue is supposed to be green.
- 1 bath towel (not too thick)
- black gingham 2″ x 60″
- 30″ green grosgrain ribbon 3/4-1 1/2″ wide
- 1 novelty button (watermelon button is hidden by ribbon)
- 4″ scrap for yo-yo
- water soluble stabilizer~4″ square for yo-y0, 8×8″ to cover embroidery
- embroidery design for monogram to match button
- 10″ velcro
- 10-18″ 3/4″ elastic
- green thread for embroidery and top stitching
- black thread for embroidery
- monofilament thread for stitching ribbon in place
- 30-36″ scrap ribbon with large safety pin
SIZING–The standard/average chest measurements below are from a chart found on-line. If you are unable to measure your spa wrap recipient, just guestimate by age. Continue reading