Easy 5-Minute Wash Cloth Soap Holder

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Never drop the soap again with this easy, 5-minute wash cloth soap holder! Slip your favorite soap inside the washcloth holder making it easy to grip. It extends the life of your soap too by making the last tiny bits useable. That’s a great money saver!

This easy, 5-minute wash cloth soap holder came about after posting about another project, an egg gathering apron, in a Facebook group for homesteaders. A local farmer who makes soap from goat’s milk asked if I could make some kind of soap holder to sell along with her product. She sent a couple of photos from ideas she saw online but gave me creative freedom to come up with the design.

Knowing she would need multiples, I kept it simple. This is a super easy beginner project if you are new to sewing. All the supplies are linked below.

5 Minute Wash Cloth Soap Holder Easy Sewing Project


It is handy to keep a cutting mat and rotary cutter tool on hand if you plan to make a lot of these. It keeps your table safe from scratches and helps take even less time to cut.


First, cut your washcloth in half. It doesn’t matter which direction since it is square, and there is no grain to follow like you would with fabric.

Then cut 1/3 off the length. Just eyeball it. There is no need for precision in this project. You should now have a rectangle similar to the photo below.

Easy 5 MInute Wash Cloth Soap Holder

Next, hem the shortest raw edge by folding it over 1/4 of an inch, and folding it onto itself once more. There is no need for an exact measurement here either. That’s what makes the project come together so quickly.

Easy 5 MInute Wash Cloth Soap Holder

Now fold your ribbon in half and pin or clip it one-third of the way up the washcloth. Make sure the finished edge is at the bottom.

Easy 5 MInute Wash Cloth Soap Holder

Then fold the BOTTOM of the wash cloth up until it meets the bottom of the ribbon. Fold the TOP of the wash cloth down until the edges meet.

Easy 5 MInute Wash Cloth Soap Holder

Sew a straight stitch down both sides of the washcloth INSIDE the binding. You can also use a zigzag stitch or overlocker. My machine was set up for a straight stitch, so that’s what I went with. I made two lines of stitches down each side to reinforce it.

Easy 5 MInute Wash Cloth Soap Holder

Trim each end close to the stitches with scissors to eliminate the bulky seams.

Easy 5 MInute Wash Cloth Soap Holder

Now turn the wash cloth inside out being sure to push the corners all the way through.

Easy 5 MInute Wash Cloth Soap Holder

Ta-da! You made a wash cloth holder for soap. These make great gifts when coupled with pretty handmade soap. They are also a nice addition to gift baskets filled with pampering items like bubble bath and lotion.

Easy Wash Cloth Soap Holder Sewing Project

Easy 5-Minute Wash Cloth Soap Holder

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Make a pocket to hold your soap. Step by step tutorial.

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2.00


  • Wash Cloth
  • Ribbon (6 inches)


  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat (optional)


  1. Cut the wash cloth in half.
  2. Cut about 1/3 off the length.
  3. Hem the shortest raw edge at 1/4"
  4. Fold the ribbon in half and pin or clip it 1/3 of the way up the wash cloth, making sure the finished edge is at the bottom.
  5. Fold the bottom of the wash cloth up until it meets the bottom of the ribbon.
  6. Fold the top of the wash cloth down until the edges meet.
  7. Sew a straight stitch down both sides of the wash cloth inside the binding.
  8. Trim each side close to the stitches with scissors.
  9. Turn the wash cloth inside out.

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70 thoughts on “Easy 5-Minute Wash Cloth Soap Holder”

  1. Hi – these look really cute. What kind of wash clothes did you use? The cheaper bundles of individual ones?

    • I used a wash cloth bundle, but it wasn’t the cheapest one available. They felt like sandpaper. I chose a bundle that felt nice to touch but wasn’t super expensive.

    • Hi Reda! The loop is to hang it in the shower. It helps keep things tidy, but I suppose it isn’t necessary. You could totally leave it out.

    • The soap should fit just inside the little pocket made by folding the piece of cloth into thirds. You shouldn’t be able to see the soap at all unless you open the pocket itself.

  2. Inlove this idea. I sew for charity in Australia and this would be perfct for people with arthritic hands to help thrm hold the soap. The loop of ribbon would be great for hanging over the tap to let it dry between showers. Thank You for your idea

  3. I made something similar to these a few years ago to give as gifts for family and friends. They are fabulous! I didn’t add ribbon to mine, but I wish I had now. Super smart.

  4. You mentioned getting this idea from an egg gathering apron. Couldn’t find that pattern on your website. Is there someplace else to find it? Love your ideas. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Make sure the bulky/ugly part of your seam is facing up, then begin folding. That way the seam will look nice once it is turned right side out.

  5. Just wondering if you’re using in a shower such as at a campground and fix the ribbon to hang from wrist, what keeps the soap from falling out

    • The soap fits in a pocket with the flap above securing it. I’ve never had an issue with it falling out. It stays pretty snug.

      • In looking at the picture of the finished product, I do not see a flap that would secure the soap and not allow it to fall out. Am I missing something?

        • Insert the soap into the pocket, and pull the inside flap over the soap. Essentially, it is covered by pockets on both sides. I promise the soap will not fall out. Try it for yourself and see.

  6. Love these easy cute soap holders,my great granddaughter and I see’s 8 make home made soap for the kids in our family and for gifts,so will be looking for adorable lids washcloths to add to these thanks for sharing

  7. Sorry I’m a little confused If you were to start with a washcloth that was 13×13……..After cutting the washcloth in half and then cutting another third off…….are you left with a piece that measures about 4×6?

  8. We took care of our uncle a couple of years ago as he was battling cancer. I made a similar bag for soap for him but attached a longer elastic band to it and attached it with a snap to the top of his shower seat. This way he was able to retrieve his own soap when he dropped it and was happy to maintain some measure of privacy for a little longer while taking showers alone. My version was not nearly as cute as yours, but I had nurses ask me to make some for some of their patients. This would be an amazing nursing home project!! Great job!!

  9. Hi Heather, I like to pack shoe boxes for Sam. Purse around Christmas for the children in other countries. This is a great gift to give because they encourage to send personal hygiene products. I always send toothpaste, tooth brush, wash cloth, soap, and etc. I’m going to make up lots of them for our church to put in their shoe boxes also. Love your idea. Will put it to good use. Thanks. Linda

  10. I think this would be a great use for those slivers of soap that we all get at the very end. You could use all of those little pieces rather than throw them away. Aging money where I can! Thank you.

  11. You have such a feel good site. I am an older woman who just bought a singer sewing machine nothing very fancy and I believe Your paperless towel project will christen my machine.. Thank you So much.

  12. Question. It looks like you used satin ribbon. Does that hold up in the wash? I would think something cotton would be better. I need to do some research. Thanks for the tutorial.

  13. About the size of the piece of washcloth used: if you use a 13″ washcloth, cut it in hallf, and then cut off 1/3 third of the length of each piece, you will have 2 rectangles 6 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. I got to thinking of cutting up handtowells instead of washcloths, and Walmart has a 12-pc set of Martex Commercial handtowels for $23.37 that looks like it is a good thickness to use. You would cut 4″ off the short end of the 13″ x 30″ towel, then cut in half llengthwise and into 8
    61/2″ x 8″ pieces. Each piece would have one finished 6 1/2″ side and would cost only 25 cents plus the cost of the ribbon. . I am going to try this and will let you know how they turn out..

  14. I made a similar item out of microfiber car wash towel material- dries quickly. The loop could attach to a lanyard for like soap on a rope or with a caribiner to outside of dop kit to dry


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