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
The spa wraps for American Girl dolls are finished, waiting at the home of the birthday girl for the guests to arrive.
hostess Laurel’s spa wrap
The big Spa-tacular birthday party is today so I quickly snapped a few pictures while the wraps were still in my possession. Each guest is bringing her doll to the pampering party where they will dress in matching outfits.