Spring College Care Package

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close up view of care package with pastel colored gift items and personal care items with tags saying "love you" and "April showers" in green and white basket

It’s that time of year when everyone is looking forward to spring. Are you familiar with spring symbolism, which is so much more than just warmer weather?

My oldest “baby” is in her first year of college and it’s been a rough winter in her part of the country.  I want to surprise my baby with a pick-me-up Spring College Care Package and share a crocheted shower pouf pattern with you.
Look at the weather my baby has survived while so far away from home.  If you’ve ever lived where the winter is brutal, you know that it wreaks havoc on your skin.  I try to send my baby  care packages every month or so and think this is the perfect time to send her a spring care package to pamper her.

While I was running errands yesterday (in anticipation of an impending snow storm in my part of the country), I popped over to Walmart to pick up supplies for the care package.


Softsoap Fresh and Glow Body Wash

Nail Polish (in a fun spring-y color) – Share a link to these fun spring nails ideas.

Hand Lotion

Nail File (in a fun color or design)

Bright colored pens




Cotton yarn to make a handmade shower pouf (or you could purchase one)

I found the new Softsoap Fresh and Glow Body Washes in the Health & Beauty section. The Fresh and Glow Hydrating Shower Cream Body Wash will pamper my baby by hydrating her skin with milk protein, almond and coconut 100% real extracts (just what she needs after the brutal winter).  I also picked up the Softsoap Fresh and Glow Exfoliating Fruit Polish Body Wash, which contains apricot seeds, orange and kiwi 100% real extracts.   Soon Spring will arrive along with bare legs and short sleeves.  I know that my baby will appreciate having smooth, glowing skin.

Spring College Care Package & Crochet Shower Pouf Pattern

I was able to make this crocheted shower pouf in about 30-40 minutes. 

Start with cotton yarn and a size F crochet hook.

1.  Chain 4 and join in a loop.

2.  Chain 1, *puff stitch (yo, insert hook into stitch, pull strand through, do the same 3 more times then pull your yarn through all loops on the hook, close the puff with a chain), chain 1*, repeat * 7 more times. 

3.  Join with a slip stitch to the top of the first puff stitch and move with a slip stitch into the gap just before the first puff. 8 puff stitches created. 

4.  *Chain 1, work 2 puff stitches into the chain 1 gap*, repeat *  repeat from * to * in each gap all the way round.. Note – create puff stitches only in the chain one gap space. Once you have 16 puff stitches, join with a slip  stitch to the first puff stitch.

5.  * Chain 1, work 3 puff stitches into chain 1 gap*, repeat from * to * in each gap all the way round. Note – create puff stitches only in the chain one gap space. Once you have 24 puff stitches, join with a slip  stitch to the first puff stitch.  

Create 2 cotton pads.

6. Match up the edges of the 2 cottons pads and join the two pads together with single crochet stitches evenly spaced around the edge of the pads.

collage of 7 images of steps of how to crochet round yellow sponge with green crochet hook

7.   Chain 12 to create a loop.  Join the chain loop to the first chain and tie off.  Work all loose yarn ends into existing stitch.

overhead view of a yellow and a pink and white crocheted round scrub sponge

I chose to make these shower poofs in happy spring-y colors.  I made the pink one with just one cotton pad layer.  It’s a good weight to use on your face.  The yellow shower pouf is made with 2 cotton pads, so it’s a great weight for using in the shower.

a yellow and a pink and white crocheted round scrub sponge with 2 white bottles of body wash in background

The shower poufs are thick, soft and perfect for pampering yourself.  

2 white bottles of body wash with crocheted pastel scrub sponges and gift basket in the background

With more snow heading towards my baby’s college, I know she’ll appreciate receiving a care package that shows how much we love her (and miss her desperately) by pampering her.

 Who do you know that would appreciate a Spring College Care Package?  Be sure to use my crocheted shower pouf pattern to add a special handmade touch to the care package.

close up view of care package with pastel colored gift items and personal care items with tags saying "love you" and "April showers"

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  1. I love the shower pouf! What a great care package you have pulled together for your baby. I know she will appreciate it and I am sure she will be the envy of all of her college friends.

  2. I love the crocheted shower pouf! What a great personal gift for almost anyone. My oldest child leaves for college next year so I am bookmarking all of your care package ideas. Since he’ll be so far from home, I’m looking forward to sending him occasional surprises and reminders of home.

  3. This is the coolest idea for a college gift basket. I’m going to send something to my sister like this. Great idea. – Katy

  4. that is perfect, I don’t have any college age kids but will have to remember this for when they are out of the house!!

  5. I would have a loved a care package like that when I was in college. I am going to have to try making those bath puffs. I love any chance to try a new crochet project.

  6. I would be so happy so see this Care Package. The poufs are so unique and personalized , I’m sure all her friends will want to know where she got it

  7. Love that gift basket you made. I will be making baskets like that soon because my only niece is heading to college in the Fall.

  8. What a thoughtful and useful care package! That is a lot of snow it looks like she has dealt with! Love the Crochet Shower Pouf! #client

  9. You’re such a good mom! I love all the pretty colored things you included. I can’t believe how much snow is in that picture! I haven’t seen those new body washes yet, and I use Suave, so I’ll have to look for them next time I’m out.

    1. Awww, you’re too sweet, Brenda. I just know that I miss my “babies” a whole lot when they’re away at college.

    1. Hi,Lois. Highlight the directions, then right click on the highlighted text. Click on the “print” option. If you’d like to make the text larger to make it easier to read, you can copy the directions into a Word document and then make the font a larger size. Have fun crocheting!

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