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Washcloth Duckie

Rubber duckies get all the attention -- but a washcloth duck can really make bath time fun for your baby. 




Terry cloth stuffed with sponge makes cleanup an adventure. Use our templates to make a whole family of ducks that are charming on land and delightfully squishy when immersed in water.



  1. Step 1

    Using the washcloth duck templates, cut duck shapes from a washcloth (use solid lines); each duck part will use two identical pieces; the base takes a single oval. Cut two identical sponge shapes for the head, and two for the tail (use dotted lines); cut one additional piece of sponge to make the body thicker. Each wing will take one piece of sponge.

  2. Step 2

    Sew two washcloth body pieces together, leaving bottom open; turn right side out; stuff with sponges. Cover hole with oval; hand-sew shut. Sew wing pieces together, leaving bottoms open; turn right side out. Stuff pieces with sponge; hand-sew shut. Sew wings onto body securely.

  3. Step 3

    Add black knots for eyes. To make bill, cut two ovals from felt; stitch on with orange thread.

  4. Step 4

    Add black knots for eyes. To make bill, cut two ovals from felt; stitch on with orange thread.

Martha Stewart Baby, 2001




Reviews (20)

  • CRK9 18 May, 2013

    I found the template here:

  • fun2sew 18 May, 2013

    Very cute. Can't find the templates anywhere though :(

  • glory2God 9 Jan, 2013

    I managed to find out how to enlarge the pattern by 165% on my printer but unfortunately only one piece of the pattern fits on the paper now, so i will probably use that piece as a guide to cut out the rest of the pieces to the same approx. size....

  • Beth 4 Jun, 2012

    Enlarge on a photocopier? Is it 1995? Just give me a pattern that's the right size, even if it's more than one page.

  • mmoilanen 3 Dec, 2010

    How would you wash these? Just throw them in the washing machine?

  • jacsmama 20 Nov, 2010

    The sponges come very compact, then puff up when wet

  • jacsmama 20 Nov, 2010

    I found this craft instructions easy to follow. I just made sure I used those sponges that are very thin

  • MonkeyOne 19 Nov, 2010

    To Skooter04-You can enlarge patterns on a xerox maxhine. As big or small as you want.

  • Wootle 19 Nov, 2010

    Somehow, somewhere, the person(s) responsible for making many of these projects doable isn't aware that WE CAN'T SEE the details, rendering them moot.

    Why? WHY???

    I'm not the only one who has, on numerous occasions, complained about this. I think I'll just void my email subscription so I won't be tempted to make these projects with their useless instructions.

  • skooter04 19 Nov, 2010

    One of the things I have trouble with in Martha's projects is increasing the size of the patterns. How do I do this?

  • Squeekie_Beakie 8 May, 2010

    Where can I find a sponge like the one Martha is using?

  • biztowe 15 May, 2009

    Where do I find the template to make the Washcloth Duckie?

  • faith929luv 6 Sep, 2008

    Those fibers will last longer than cotton. If using cotton, use organic.

  • faith929luv 6 Sep, 2008

    Also, using a bamboo or hemp washcloth. They will resist bacteria

  • faith929luv 6 Sep, 2008

    I suggest using a bio-degrable/eco-friendly non-latex non-microbial natural sponge

  • faith929luv 6 Sep, 2008

    I suggest using a bio-degrable/eco-friendly non-latex non-microbial natural sponge

  • srly 28 Aug, 2008

    I enlarge the Duck pattern to 165 and I also had trouble fitting two sets of sponges and ended up using just one which worked out fine. I sewed it by hand which was really easy and stitching it by hand was really forgivable. The hardest part was cutting out the pattern on the washcloths which was time consuming. Good luck!!

  • Pamcakes39 10 Aug, 2008

    I'm having some difficulty with this project. First of all did you enlarge to 165? I did, but the body only seems to fit one set of sponges not two as stated in the directions. Also, did you use a sewing machine or hand stitch the whole thing duckie? Help please. The baby shower is less than a month away and I would like to make these as favors. I have 28 to do.

  • AdrienneB 2 Jun, 2008

    I made some of these over the weekend for a baby shower. I agree that you should use higher quality cloths. Another wonderful idea from Martha!!!

  • canadianDanielle 2 Apr, 2008

    This is a great craft to have on hand for a baby shower gift. I experimented with various pastel colors and came up with some cute results. Be sure to choose higher quality cloths, I didn't like the ones I made with cheaper thread count cloth.