When Lillian was a baby we always used a hooded towel after her bath. As she got bigger the towels became too small and the larger ones seem to be really expensive. So I decided to make one myself even though Lillian got an elephant towel from her aunt. Who can have too many hooded towels anyway?
While looking online I found a bunch of different tutorials but I just wasn’t happy with them…one required bias tape (seemed like a lot of work) and a few had crazy pointed hoods, so I took the elephant towel and based my pattern off of it. Actually, my husband made the pattern pieces after I showed him a general sketch of what I was looking for. He’s great like that.
As a side note, cutting a towel is messy, so be ready for that and have your cleaning supplies on hand for when you are finished. I had to clean my machine after this project because there were fibers everywhere!
Now to get started…fold the hand towel in half with the long edges touching and the wrong sides facing.
Cut out each hood piece and don’t forget to place the edge against the fold of the towel. My towel had decorative stitching near the ends but I was still able to fit both hood pieces between them.
Overlock the bottom of the front piece and then fold under by the same amount and hem. I used my #3 stitch which is an overlock stitch and widened my stitch to 5. You could also use a serger or a zigzag stitch but you want to seal the edge because if you don’t it will fray (remember me mentioning how messy a towel is when you cut it? That is because instead of “fraying” it pretty much just has chunks fall off.)
To hem, I just folded the edge under about 1/4” and sewed two lines. The reason I did two lines was because a towel is so thick that the second line helps the hem stay down a little better. If you have matching thread you won’t even notice so don’t worry too much if your lines aren’t evenly spaced.
(See all those speckles in the above picture? Those are the chunks I was referring to above.)
Ok, sorry, back on track. With right sides facing, place the hood front and back together and sew around the top using a 1/4” seam allowance. Then overlock this edge and turn right side out.
With the bath towel right side up (side that you want to be the outside of the towel) and the hood with back toward towel (this would be down), find the center of both pieces and pin (I used binding clips) together.
Sew along the edge where the hood and bath towel meet with a 3/8” seam allowance. Don’t forget to lock your stitch. Then overlock the edge and sew it down toward the bath towel, using two lines again. This helps so that the overlocked edge doesn’t scratch your child.
Your towel is now complete. Now it’s time to test it out after bath time.
After drying your cutie, cuddle with them for a little while so that they can enjoy their new towel. And of course so you can enjoy the cuddle time.
You could also add applique, ribbons, or anything else to this towel to personalize it. Let your imagination go to work! I have a few ideas that I want to try and when I do, I will be sure to share with you.
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