O.k., I'm about to step out on a limb here and attempt my first ever tutorial.
What I would like to attempt to share with you, is how to make a hooded towel. These towels are great to give for baby gifts, as a gift for a first birthday, or if made with a generously sized hood, you can give them as a gift to an older child. My sons have used these all the way up to 7 and 8 years of age. They love them! (beware - hooded towels may result in naked children running through the house with their 'capes' flapping behind them)
1 bath towel
1 hand towel in a matching/coordinating color
sewing machine & thread
A rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat
seam ripper (just in case)
I typically get my towels from Target, but any good quality towels will do.
To do that you fold the bath towel in half with the tag side on the outside.
Line up the edges and grab the towel at the center fold. You are going to sew a line from the top edge of the towel, parallel to the fold, about 2" away from the fold. Sew a straight line approx. 3 " long being sure to back tack at the end.
So it should look like this when you are done:
Then you are going to take the flap you have created and smoosh it flat. So unfold the towel, take the flap, and evenly flatten it along either side of the crease you made:
See? Just like that. Then you will want to sew that down along the edge of the towel. This will keep it from shifting when you are sewing the hood on.
Keeping things together, stick that end in your sewing machine and about 2 1/2" from the edge, sew a straight line all the way from the top to the bottom. You want the hood deep enough for baby's head to fit inside comfortably with some space for growing.
Now go ahead and cut the excess fabric off after your straight sewn line. Leave about 1/4 to a 1/2 inch.
Here is your finished hood. You can adjust the size as needed.
This is what the back tuck in the hood should look like when you have finished it properly. This is the key to the function of this hood. I like how it fits so much better than other hood styles I have seen.
Placing both of the 'right' sides together, match the raw edge side of the hood with the top of the bath towel where you sewed the pleat. I like to match the center seam of the hood with the center seam of the pleat. Here is where pinning could come in handy.
Now you are going to sew the hood onto the towel! Make sure to back tack at the beginning and end! You are going to be sewing through a lot of bulk in the center of this towel. Be sure to go slowly. I have broken more than one needle while doing this step. I use about a 1/2" seam allowance while I'm sewing. I try and get as close to the finished edge of the bath towel as I can (while not being able to see it). When you are done sewing check and make sure you caught both towels the whole way, you don't want any open spots.
With that, you should be done!
Wyat agreed to model the finished product for me, even though the towel is pink.
A girl color.
Which he was not thrilled about.
But he still did it for me.
Tate didn't have a problem modeling the purple towel.
Apparently, that's a boy or girl color.
Seth flat out refused to have a pink towel touch his head!
I hope the tutorial was clear enough and had enough pictures to make it easy to follow. I'd love to hear your comments on what I could improve if you try this tutorial out. I'd also love to see a picture of your finished product!
I hope you are able to sew many hooded towels for the babies and toddlers in your life. The naked super hero's running through the house make up for all the hard work.
Thanks for stopping by!