Hello and welcome to my first tutorial on this blog! I’ve been talking and talking about it and now it’s time to get this thing published! We are going to learn to make a hooded bath towel, my version. I’m kind of picky about my hooded towels, I don’t like a floppy hood. I’ve made these for my own kids as babies and they are still using the same ones 5-6 years late. This more fitted hood makes it more versatile. It fits newborns and older kids. My version is slightly different from other tutorials on the subject. So here is my take…
What you need:
1 hand towel
2 bath towels
Ruler or straight edge
Scissors or Rotary cutter and mat
sewing machineThis will make TWO finished towels and the option to toss in a bonus piece, which makes a very generous shower gift!
We are going to start with the hand towel. Fold the edges into a triangle as shown below. Over lapping the selvage edge of the towel for future seam allowance. This will tell you where you are going to make your cut.
Once they are folded, place your ruler about 1 inch lower than the towel edges, this will allow for seam allowance.
Cut following the ruler.
Next we are going to repeat that process for the other edge of the towel. Move to the left edge and fold them into a triangle as shown below.
Again, line the ruler up parallel to the edge and allow a 1 inch seam allowance.
Cut, following the ruler. Don’t throw out the middle piece, we can make a burp cloth out of it! (more to come)
Take the piece we just cut, open up the folds so it lays flat. Making sure to have the right sides of the fabric facing up. We want to refold it, this time putting the raw edges together into the triangle shape. Leaving the selvage edge of the towel alone.
Should look like this.
Move to the sewing machine, we are going to stitch that triangle shut following the pinned edge.
Refold so the pins are on the right side and ready to stitch.
Stitch from end to end.
Then refold into the triangle shape, next we are going to take care of those raw edges so they don’t fray and ravel away. Stitch them down to the single layer of the towel. You will barely see a top stitching on the right side of the hood when complete, but it will keep those edges intact.
Here is where you stitch
About half way in the seam allowance. Go as close as you can to the “point” of the hood, you won’t make it all the way in but close enough.
When you’ve done both sides, it will look like this. Turn right side out.
It’s time to embellish! For this one I just chose an ivory eyelet to sew along the edge, simple enough to pin in place and stitch. You can get pretty creative here but I’ll leave that for another tutorial, ruffles, lace, ribbons, fabric strips…you name it, embellish it!
Next move to the bath towel. Fold in half, matching the short edges to find your center point
and mark it with a pin.
Unfold the towel, wrong side up.
Take your embellished hood and line up the center seam with the pin marked center on the bath towel.
Overlap the seam allowance and pin in place.
The final step is to just stitch the hood to the towel. I usually double stitch it, following close to the the selvage edge of the hand towel and then close to the edge of the bath towel. So the 2 seams are about 1/2 and inch apart and parallel to each other. See next picture
Click to enlarge.
Now you’re finished. Repeat steps for the second towel and present as the best baby gift ever!
Since waste make haste… We don’t want to toss out that center piece we cut from the hand towel. You can straight stitch or serge the edges and use as a cleaning rag, or make it cuter and use as a burp cloth. I like to reuse everything, so I’m using the back side of a Tshirt that was damaged on the front. I’ve cut it so it lays flat.
Take the center leftover piece and lay on top of the tshirt. Cut the Tshirt to the same size as the leftover piece as shown in the pictures.
Now this is my last picture because the rest were “corrupt” what ever that means, but I think you can figure the rest out. Here you have options. If you have a serger, just stitch all four edges together and call it good. If you don’t, then you can straight stitch around three edges and leave one open to turn the pieces right side out. Then stitch the 4th side shut. Follow with a top stitching around the perimeter for a finished piece.
Thank you for following along! I hope you found this helpful, I’d answer questions and try to clarify anything if you need help. I’m glad I finally took the time to share my version of the hooded towel with you. I’ve used so many tutorials on blogs and feel it’s time to give back. I used to sell some tutorials on ebay back in the day. I may get those out and repost them here to share as well :)