Spa Scrubbie and Tropical Bath Tea Soak!

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Does it feel like you don’t ever have any “Me” time?

Sometimes it can get a bit crazy feeling like I’m going in a million different directions – and even when I’m alone I feel like there is so much to get done.
One of my favorite ways to relax is with a nice, long, super hot bath.
There’s nothing quite as relaxing as filling a bath with something yummy smelling, grabbing a book, and having some time to just . . . . rest.
(Apparently I also have a number of books that like to take baths also, because they seem to just jump right in the water. I have a whole wrinkly-dropped-in-the-bath-then-dried-out section on my bookshelf. )

I hope you agree because I have just the thing for you –
a tutorial for a Spa Scrubbie and a soothing Tropical Bath Tea Soak!

See? We match the Spa Headband! I love that. :)

Let’s start with the bath scrubbie! You’ll need:

Small piece of Cotton (enough for back of scrubbie and two pieces for strap)
Click here for the PDF Pattern
Piece of towel – cut out 1 piece double the width of the scrubbie back piece
Piece of lace – cut length of strap.

Start with the strap. Sew the piece of lace to one piece of the strap, down the center.

Place the two strap pieces, right sides together, and sew the long top and bottom sides. Leave the two short sides open.
Turn right side out and press.

Pin the strap to the right side of the oval cotton piece, in the center. Sew the two short sides to the oval piece with a small 1/8 seam allowance.

Now we’re going to work on ruffling our towel. This can be a little tiny bit tricky.
Normally to gather material, you set your sewing machine to the longest stitch length and sew a line of stitching. You can either hold the thread spool as you go and it will ruffle itself, or you can gather it by pulling lightly on one end of the thread.
Neither of these methods worked with the towel. It was too thick.
So I ended up bunching up the towel as I sewed, kind of forcing a gather, and that seemed to work best. I just pushed the fabric up into a gather and sewed a regular sized stitch over it. Not very technical or fancy but it worked. :)

I ended up sewing rows of gathering about 3/4″ apart, all down the length of the towel piece.

Pin the right side of your cotton piece to the right side of the ruffles. Don’t worry about the corners, we’ll trim those off soon.

Sew around your oval with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leave a space open at the bottom to turn it right side out.

Trim all the excess towel off.

Turn your scrubbie right side out. I did a small stitch around the edge (but not over the strap) to help hold it together and to sew the opening closed.
This got a little thick for my machine in places. If you want to skip this step, you can just sew the opening closed by hand.

Cute huh? Your hand just slides right in!

Now let’s make the Tropical Bath Tea Soak – so we have something yummy smelling and soothing for the water.
I originally found this recipe here, and just tweaked it a bit for the scent I like. :)

1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup dry milk
1/2 cup oatmeal
2 teaspoons green tea with mango leaves
2 teaspoons peach tea leaves
(If you don’t have loose tea, I found 3 tea bags is about 2 teaspoons. Or close enough anyway. :)

Begin by grinding up your oatmeal. A coffee grinder works great for this.

Add your oatmeal and other ingredients to a food processor and whiz them up all together.

Add 2 Tablespoons to warm bath water!

That’s it! So easy.

If you tea leaves are big and flaky, your can grind them up in your coffee grinder too, or when you take a bath you can add the 2 Tablespoons to an Organza Drawstring Bag, like this one:

Just add the bag to your bathwater. You could reuse it too – just rinse the tea out after each bath.

I poured the Bath Tea into a bottle I had, and of course dressed it up to match our set. :)
I glued a strip of the cotton around the jar, then glued a strip of lace over that.
I tied a jute string around the neck to hold a tablespoon too.

I think it makes a fun little set!

These would make great gifts too! These would be perfect as shower or birthday gifts!
Keep in mind all your Moms too – it’s never too early to start crafting for Mother’s Day!

You would need to make yourself a set first though – just to try everything out. It’s the polite thing to do. ;)


  • Reply January 25, 2011


    What a great tutorial, I actually might have to try this, I don’t know the first thing about sewing, but I think I want to give this one a try!!! Thank you so much for the tut!

  • Reply January 25, 2011


    This is SO stinkin’ cute! What a great gift to give!!!! You rock Bev!

  • Reply January 25, 2011


    The scrubby and matching bottle are just adorable and oh so girly. I bet the bath soak smells delicious. This would make such a beautiful gift, but not before I made some for myself! Thanks Bev for yet another great project!

  • Reply January 25, 2011

    Mindy B.

    Great tutorial! I love baths too. I wish I had a big old soaking tub with jets, but I have just a small 1950’s ceramic tub that came with my 1950’s home. It gets the job done in a pinch though!

  • Reply January 25, 2011


    this looks really great! so relaxing!

    nelly dot barney at yahoo dot com

  • This would definitely make a great Mother’s Day gift! The soak sounds devine, and, of course, the scrub is just too cute. I’m going to put this on my to do list after the baby comes (*ahem* My belly is too big for my tub!) lol!

  • Reply January 26, 2011


    Thanks for all these great spa recipes and patterns! I wanted to get a super head start on Xmas this year and I think some of these would be great to make ahead of time . I’ll try them out on myself first, of course!

  • Reply January 26, 2011


    This fall, I’m having a party for my friends, and it is all about tea. The origins, different kinds, the best way to brew, and different uses foe it. You are giving me lots of ideas this week! Thanks!

  • Reply January 27, 2011


    I featured you guys today! :) Love the new design!


  • Reply January 27, 2011


    What a darling idea! I love to make my own soft washcloths, but you’ve taken it to a much cuter level!

  • Reply January 28, 2011


    Love this! Thank you for the tutorial.

  • Reply January 28, 2011


    This is soo cute! I will definitely have to give this a try… for myself and as a gift to others. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  • Reply January 30, 2011


    Thanks for the tutorials! My favorite part of the scrubbie is that little bit of lace! So cute! I would love for you to link this to my Sew Crafty Party!

  • Reply February 4, 2011


    I featured you!! Can’t wait to make some of this bath soap!

  • Reply February 4, 2011

    Holly L

    So, I cannot believe it took me this long to get here. AWESOME idea. I am tickled pink (be on the lookout this weekend). I could use some me time and a soak!

  • Reply May 31, 2011


    wow thanks for sharing the tutorial for making the bath scrubby. i’ve been looking for something to use instead of the plastic puffs as i would like to reduce how much plastic i use. i’ll be marking this to make later.

  • Reply June 9, 2011


    This is super neat..

  • Reply December 10, 2011

    Rikki Hatch

    I just made some of the bath soak but substituted the fruity tea for sleepy time tea… as I am 32 weeks pregnant and having a super tough time sleeping… esp without my sleepy time tea I can’t drink… BUT they never said anything about soaking in it (:

  • Reply December 13, 2011


    Hello !

    This is just the darn cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I’m just wondering exactly how much this makes though. I want to make it for 7 of my coworkers and put them in smaller jars than the ones shown so I’m curious if I need to double or triple the recipe. Thanks!

  • Reply December 14, 2011


    Tried this tonight, and it was super easy to come together, but I didn’t like how it left all the little floating bits of tea stuck to me and my tub when I drained the water. I bet this would be fantastic in the organza bags, though! =)

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