Kitchen Towel Angel reminds me of something my Grandmother made. I was thinking If you use softer fabric you could make a Church Doll: light to carry and whimsical enough to keep a little girl busy loving her new doll, which keeps me quiet during the church services. Here are instructions to make a Kitchen Towel Angel: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Kitchen-Towel-Angel
Keep the mess in the towel then throw the towel in the laundry when you get home from your trip. Good idea!