DIY Toothbrush Travel Wrap

Travel in style with a DIY toiletry wrap!


Inevitably, the night before a trip as I’m packing up our bags I realize that I have yet again forgotten to procure a better solution for transporting toothbrushes than the trusty ziploc bag. But not this time! In an effort to reduce waste and not have to put a damp toothbrush in a plastic bag (ick) I made a diy toothbrush travel wrap instead! (I didn’t know what else to call it, a toothbrush burrito maybe? lol)

A zero waste solution to traveling with toiletries. Wrap up your toothbrushes in a DIY toiletry holder so you don't have to use icky ziploc bags anymore! A simple sewing DIY project to make traveling easier. Washable toothbrush holder DIY.

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Since my usual crafting style is just to wing it and hope for the best, this isn’t a comprehensive DIY but more of an intuitive one. More art than science if you know what I mean. But with a little sewing knowledge you shouldn’t have any trouble following along.

Or you might be cursing me the whole time. Sorry.


A little note on waste reduction. I’m downright uncomfortable with the amount of waste my family produces. Trying to go zero-waste in a cold turkey sort of way can be totally overwhelming and incredibly time consuming. But I find tackling the problem one item at a time is much more manageable.

I’m hoping to eliminate the need for ziploc bags entirely in our home if I can. First I made a few washable snack bags for the boys, I have beeswax wraps for food, and I purchased a cheese bandana and cucumber hat from a friend which is nothing short of brilliant! Now I’m trying to avoid using plastic while traveling.

(I’d love to hear any of your tips for replacing ziploc bags with more sustainable options! Share them in the comments!)

Taking it a step further, I repurposed a baby bath towel for this project instead of buying brand new terry cloth fabric. The boys have outgrown those little towels but the fabric is still in good shape. I might turn the rest of them into washcloths or hand towels.

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I also used a cute cotton print from Stacked Fabric Company as the outer fabric. It’s fat quarter sized (18″x21″) which is all you need for this project. I just discovered Stacked and I’m in love! They’re Canadian and their fabrics are delightful! I’ve been using them to make a couple of baby quilts for friends who are expecting. I’ll share those in another post sometime. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cute cotton print and repurposed terry cloth fabric

DIY Travel Wrap

First I trimmed the fat quarter so it was totally squared up.

Then I placed a mark at the quarter and halfway points along the shorter sides of the fabric. I marked 3/4″ in along the halfway point and the top and connected them with a straight line. Then traced a line from the halfway point to the edge of the fabric at the quarterway point.

Holy moly I don’t think that made any sense! Hopefully the photo helps….

Marking the Pattern for a DIY Travel Wrap

Trim away the fabric along these lines and cut out the terry cloth in the same way.

Sew the two fabrics together, right sides together, along all the edges with about 3/8″ – 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave a 3″ gap on either the top or bottom edge so you can turn the fabrics right sides out.

Trim the corners, turn the wrap then topstitch the top and bottom sides only.

Sewing a DIY toothbrush travel holder

Fold up the wider bottom edge to meet (approximately) the halfway point and topstitch down each side to create a pouch.

At this point I probably should have measured and lined things up properly, but I didn’t. The toothbrushes won’t know the difference.

Create a pouch by sewing down each side of the travel wrap

Here’s where things get a little finnicky.

Now you want to create the slots for your toiletries by stitching down the pouch at intervals. We’ve created excess fabric by tapering the edges of the wrap. That way you’ll be able to slide in your toothbrush easily without warping the shape of the wrap.


So first stitch down the very center line.

As you move along to the next lines, make sure you distribute the excess fabric evenly so each slot has a little give to it. Make sense?

Create slots for your toiletries with stitching

See the happy toothbrush!

Happy toothbrush in a diy travel wrap

Using the toothbrush, or another tall toiletry, fold down the top of the wrap to cover it. Mark where the fold should be to comfortably cover your items.

This will create a nice barrier between your various toiletries so nothing is touching! Plus the terry cloth will absorb any moisture.

Fold down the top over the toothbrush and topstitch

Topstitch this fold about 1/4″ in.

Add some ribbon to one side of the wrap and you’re done!

Pretty DIY Toothbrush Travel Wrap

Simple DIY to create a travel toothbrush holder wrap. No more need for icky ziploc bags!

Travel in style with a DIY toiletry wrap!

I’ve got 3 trips planned in the next 6 weeks, so I’ll be putting my toothbrush burrito to good use! I love that it’s totally washable and I will never have to reach into a wet ziploc back ever again! Plus this size is big enough to contain the whole family’s various toothbrushes and toothpastes!

If you liked this DIY you should also check out this one: Easy Quilted Coffee Cozy Tutorial

Feel free to leave any questions in the comments!

Happy Traveling!



  1. In your directions you squared up the fabric so how can you have a shorter side? It says to fold up the bottom along the shorter side?

  2. I made something like this many years ago because of the icky zipper bag situation as well. Now I need to make a few again. Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Definitely need to make a couple before our trip to Montreal! I think sewing the ribbon piece along the back will make a good way to keep from losing it too (I loose enough hair ties as soon as I take them off to know Iโ€™ll do the same with a ribbon lol)

      1. I wanted to ask where the materials are, where to buy them from. and what is the name of the fabric. I would be very happy about an answer

        1. The outer fabric is a quilting cotton, which is available at most fabric stores. The inner fabric is just an old towel I had that was getting worn out. It’s terry cloth, which you can also purchase at fabric stores though.

  4. I wish I had seen this sooner! I work overnight shift at the hospital emergency room, and we are always looking for ‘different’ items to gift each other at the holidays. The fact that most of us work 12 hr shifts and live in our lockers . . . this is perfect!!! Can’t make to make up a bunch for this year. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I loved this project and have made 2 so far. I just didnโ€™t due the top flap due to lack of material. I used a hand towel. The only problem I ran into was the outsides being to thick, so when I folded the bottom flap up it was very thick and hard to get under to sew. Do you have any suggestions?

  6. You could use an old towel or wash cloth for the terry cloth, and your fabric stash for the outside fabric.
    This is a great idea for Military or frequent flyers, or campers.
    I’ll be making a few. Thanks for the idea!

  7. Hi Laura,
    I love this idea for carrying toothbrush etc. since I am a beginner at sewing, I had a hard time understanding the first part of the process. Would you please be able to put it into steps for beginners?

  8. This is great
    I followed the link to your friends store for the cheese bandanna, the main reason was I thought it said cheese banana LOL no idea why I thought it said that and you know cheese banana who wouldnโ€™t follow the link. Now I know what a cheese banana / bandanna is LOL

  9. Love it, Iโ€™m trying to go the whole no plastic thing and have been converted to beeswax wraps, made using off cuts so a bonus. We travel a lot as expats going to make some of these for the family and Christmas gifts.

  10. Love!!! I am making some for stocking stuffers! My Mom and I also have a side business of handmade items. These may sell well too. Is it okay if we make some to sell?

  11. I’ve done something similar when I bring my own washcloth – no sewing, just wrap toothbrush etc inside washcloth, fold over the edges, and roll.

    This project is a clever way to keep things a bit more organized than my way, and fits more too!

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