Making a Body Bath Loofah

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I did something really dumb yesterday. I walked into one of those fancy (read expensive) bath shoppes. The container holding ’special bath salts’ costs more then probably 90% of all the items in my bathroom combined. I was so out of my league.

Then I saw it – a special body scrubbing loofah. It was made out of some nylon material, long, with handles on each end so you could use it single-handed. I was in love!

Okay, I was in love until I saw the $35 price tag.

When my heart started beating again, I decided that the next stop was the fabric store. Here my “sisters-in-saving-money” is my $2.50 version of a really terrific body loofah: step-by-step.

Your Loofah

I bought two different colors of illusion netting; 72″ wide, 1-1/2 yards each.

I bought two different colors of illusion netting; 72″ wide, 1-1/2 yards each. My completed body bath loofah is 33″ long – plus handles, and 9″ wide. You can make this as long-and-wide as you like of course; I decided to make mine a bit wider then standard.

This would give me enough for 2 complete body loofahs. I used illusion netting because it’s soft and gentle on the skin. Regular netting – unless you’re someone with scales instead of skin – is just too harsh.

Gently press the netting if it’s too crinkled, you’ll have better results and less chasing the ends if they’re nice and smooth.

Cut a piece 4 layers thick by 1 yard (36″) long.

Cut a piece 4 layers thick by 1 yard (36″) long. Trim the ends so that they’re even; I pinned one side after trimming so that I could safely move it to trim the other size.

Trim the ends so that they’re even; I pinned one side after trimming so that I could safely move it to trim the other size.

Fold under about 1″ on each end – again, I pinned this as I did it, to hold everything together.

Fold under about 1″ on each end - again, I pinned this as I did it to hold everything together.

Fold your netting in half – along the long edge. As you line the short ends up, you can remove those pins holding under that 1″, and re-pin holding it all together.

Fold your netting in half - along the long edge. As you line the short ends up, you can remove those pins holding under that 1″, and re-pin holding it all together.

Go to your sewing machine and sew – using a 2.5 length straight stitch – 1/8″ from the edge on each long side. Do not sew across the short ends at this time.

Go to your sewing machine and sew - using a 2.5 length straight stitch - 1/8″ from the edge on each long side. Do not sew across the short ends at this time.

Now, sew a single ‘let’s hold everything together’ line down the middle – just eyeball it, you don’t have to measure.

Sew a single ‘let’s hold everything together’ line down the middle - just eyeball it, you don’t have to measure.

Remove all the pins and put this piece aside for right now, time to work on the handles.

Cut two strips from your illusion netting – 4″ wide and 4 layers thick.

Cut two strips from your illusion netting - 4″ wide and 4 layers thick.

 

We pause to show you our assistant. This is Molly… Molly the Monster, Molly the Menace, Molly - Mommy’s little darling.

My Helper

I’m pausing to show you my assistant.

This is Molly… Molly the Monster, Molly the Menace, Molly – Mommy’s little darling.

This is the little girl that terrorizes her 13 and 14 pound big-brothers… and who loves to sleep under the covers – purring herself silly – with Mom.

I absolutely adore this little ball of fur.

Fold your handle netting about 1″ in on each long side – and then in half.  In other words, you’re going to end up with a 1″ piece.  Start at the middle and work your way to either end; much simpler to do that way.

Fold your handle netting about 1″ in on each long side - and then in half.  In other words, you’re going to end up with a 1″ piece.  Start at the middle and work your way to either end; much simpler to do that way.

Back to the sewing machine, and again sew 1/8″ along each long side.  When you’re done, trim the handle to a length of 12″.

Back to the sewing machine, and again sew 1/8″ along each long side.  When you’re done, trim the handle to a length of 12″.

Slip the ends of the handle into the short sides of your loofah base. Put them in about 1″ – and as far to each long side as you can!  Pin the short end closed now.

Slip the ends of the handle into the short sides of your loofah base. Put them in about 1″ - and as far to each long side as you can!  Pin the short end closed now.

Sew an 1/8″ from the edge, down the sides about 1″ – across the base, back up the side. Go back and reinforce the handle area and across the top. No rules, just make sure it’s all secure.

Sew an 1/8 from the edge, down the sides about 1″ - across the base, back up the side. Go back and reinforce the handle area and across the top. No rules, just make sure it’s all secure.

I added two diagonal rows of stitching down the length of the body loofah – again just to make sure all the layer’s behave themselves.

I added two diagonally rows of stitching down the length of the body loofah - again just to make sure all the layer’s behave themselves.

That’s all it takes: $2.50 and about 1-hour of your time! It’s strong, customizable (length, width, color), washable, dries fast, and you can make a bunch as gifts too.

And people actually wonder why we sew….

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