Diy Hooded Towel

A few people have asked me how to make the hooded towels I give as a baby shower gift. Someone made one of these hooded towels for Isaac when he was first born and I love it.

I hate those flimsy ones that you get when they are an infant. They have the weight of a sheet. Plus these will last for years, my son is five and he still uses it.

They are VERY simple to make. Even someone with minimal sewing skills can do this.

How To Make a DIY Hooded Towel

Step 1

First what you need is a bath and hand towel (not a face towel).

I usually get mine when they are on sale at Target but Amazon has amazing prices and variety too.

Get a nice, thick, soft one.

Step 2

Cut the hand towel 10 inches on the short side of the towel.

Make sure if there is a design on it that you have that in the part you cut out.

Look at different sections: top of the bath towel, center of the bath towel, and bottom edges.

Just ensure that you don’t hamper the design.

Step 3

Next fold the 10″ hand towel right sides together with the sides you cut touching each other.

Zigzag stitch the side you cut closed.

Ensure there’s enough seam allowance.

Step 4

Next zig-zag stitch a little triangle in the upper corner of the hood. Just wing it no need to measure or anything.

Cut the excess off and turn the hood right side out.

You can also play with new designs on the middle of the hood, bottom edge of the hood, and other edges of the hood.

Step 5

This is the toughest part of explaining.

Fold your towel in half and put a pin in place (where the hood goes) so you know where the center is.

Mark 4″ from the middle on both sides of the towel.

Take that point and bring it into the middle and pin in place.

Do the other side. It should look like this.

Close-up view.

You will be sewing through three layers.

Trim edges with scissors and uplift the look of the fabric with your sewing machine.

Step 6

Sew through all three layers with a zig-zag stitch.

Step 7

Now take your hood and match up the center of the back of the towel with the center of the back of the hood.

Pin that in place and now pin the entire hood to the towel.

Step 8

Sew the hood on. I usually do a straight stitch through all layers and then go back and zig zag stitch for added strength.

You can see all the places that were sewn in this picture.

Cut off excess thread and the hood piece looks much better.

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  1. My friend, Vicki, (her blog’s listed on my site) made one of these for Libbey about 5 years ago and we are STILL using it. It’s such a great concept–and yes, much thicker and more durable than the typical ones you buy in the stores. Now all you need is a monogramming machine & you’re all set. You know me & monograms! If you ever have a daughter, I’m going to inundate you with her initials on anything that will sit still long enough. 🙂

  2. I’d have to say the hooded towels I received as a gift at my son’s baby shower were probably my favorite – they got a lot of use and we still had them 2 kids later! Of course they’re LONG gone now since the kids are teenagers but they make for a very useful, practical gift.

  3. Thanks for the tutorial. Seven years later, I am still using the ones I was given for my kids. They last forever! Now I can make some.

  4. My aunt made one of these for my daughter about 10 years ago and we LOVE it.

    You reminded me of a nice gift I can give to my nephews (and someday to my niece who’s on the way.)

  5. Sounds like a very practical and nice gift. I am going to make some to have on hand when I can get some towels for a good price.

    Thanks for a good idea!

  6. Hi,

    Thanks for the nice instructions! I made a towel today and it turned out very nice. Just a couple different things, I added a border to the hood and two sides of the bath towel with rubber ducky material (very cute!). Also, I didn’t include the pleats on the bath towel.

    I was given a towel for my baby two years ago and it’s been very helpful. I made this one for a friend’s baby shower, so I hope she likes it.


  7. I just found this posting as I was looking to make one for my son. I read through your instructions and looked at the pictures not knowing if I would be able to do this or not but thought that I would try (I am not a novice sewer). I have got to say THANKS! This project was SO easy and it came out wonderful! I would post pics but my husband is gone all weekend with the camera. I just wanted to let you know that you did a wonderful job explaining and posting your pics. Thanks a bunch! I will do this again! Maybe XMAS gifts!

  8. Thank you very much for this tutorial, it was very easy to follow and I love the finished product. Thank you for taking the time to share these instructions.

  9. I was looking all over the internet for a site that made hooded towels for kids not just babies, that had easy directions and illustrations. I’m so glad I found your site. I just made a hooded towel for my son and am planning on making more for Christmas gifts.

  10. Thank you for this great tutorial! I am at home on maternity leave right now and so I was looking for some inexpensive and creative ideas for Christmas gifts this year. I have made a bunch of these for my friends with children and everyone loves them! Now, all I need to do is find some time to make a few for my own daughter…lol!

  11. I know this is a pretty old post, but I wanted you to know that this was a great tutorial. Very easy to follow and the results were soo soo cute. The pleat adds a little something special.

  12. Thanks for the tutorial. I haven’t ever made one before and I was able to do it. I added a border around the hood with a binding strip before I sewed it to the large towel. It turned out really cute! I have a feeling that I’ll be making many more.

  13. Ok so I loooove your blog and I am very new to sewing (like infant stages) anyways I was so excited to do this and got all of the supplies but I don’t think my machine will sew this thickness I’m so bummed. but thank you for sharing your talents!

  14. thank you so much I need instructions on how to do this for a church function! thank you so much!!!!

  15. thank you so very much for posting these instructions! I needed them for a church group. Thanks so much!!!

  16. This tutorial was great. I just made three in a little over an hour. Your instructions and pictures were fantastic!

  17. So glad I found this tutorial! I have been looking for a pattern for making these as gifts, but am a novice sewer (seamstress??). Anyways, I have a Babylock Elegante 2, which also does embroidery and applique so I'm thinking the possibilities are endless. Here's my question – for sewing through all that thickness, did you use a special kind of thread and/or needle? Can you share what size needle you used? Thanks so much! I can't wait to try this – I might bring the tutorial to my sewing store and have them help me.

  18. Thanks for this post! I made one for both of my children and bought more towels to make them for my niece and nephew for Christmas.

  19. Thank you so much for putting this tutorial together. I've been dying to know how to make these myself and just put my first one together! It was super easy. Your instructions were very easy to follow! Thanks for sharing!!

  20. I found you via a Google search for hooded towel tutorials. I got a lot of results but like your tutorial the best. I'm going to make one this weekend for my nephew's first birthday. His favorite thing is to take baths and I thought this would be perfect.

  21. After viewing several hooded towel tutorials, I have decided to make yours. I have bought my towels, but before I start, I have a question. Do I have to buy a special sewing needle? (4 layers of towel is really thick, will my regular needle break?) Thank you!!

  22. After viewing several hooded towel tutorials, I have decided to make yours. I have bought my towels, but before I start, I have a question. Do I have to buy a special sewing needle? (4 layers of towel is really thick, will my regular needle break?) Thank you!!

  23. I'm not sure how you sew through 4 layers of towel. I tried to make this today and broke three needles. Any suggestions? You make it look so easy sewing that many layers together. Maybe I'm doing something wrong.

  24. Love the tutorial there is only one question: what is the length of the hand towel for this tutorial. Can't find hand towel vs. face towel dimensions. Please help as I am ready to sew.

  25. Great project, it gets easier after the first one! Note that the pleats are actually pulled from a point that is 8" from the center so that you get a 4" wide pleat that overlaps itself…Also I found it easier to stitch just inside the edging rather than fight the thickness of the binding! I did stripes for a girl and a square green/blue pattern for twin boys from Target. CUTE!!

  26. WOW! Super cute and very easy. Think that I might practice on a few more for my daughter then give these as gifts from now on. Add an applique or monogram and there you go! THANKS

  27. Thank you so much for this tutorial! It was super easy to follow, and my daughter's hooded towel turned out SO cute!! Thank you!!!

  28. Thanks so much for these instructions. Because I’m an over-achiever and can’t leave well enough alone, I decided to make a shark towel for my little boy. I added a fin to the top of the hood, teeth around the opening and eyes on the hood too. It is so cute and I know he’ll love it once he sees it. Now he’ll have somethng really special that I made at a fraction of the price of the kids hooded towels that you can buy! AWESOME

  29. PLEASE HELP! you lose me on the “this is hard to explain step”. YOu have the hood laying out with the corner cut off in the NW area. After that you say fold it in half…fold it with left side over the right side? or right over left? Then put a pin where the hood goes…..dont know what you mean by that. Please explain more… Is it on the non cut corner end? Meaning in the center of that end, so should I unfold it at this point? Im trying real hard to understand and I just cant get it. I dont see in the end where this part is to understand it more. please any help would be great. THANKS.

  30. I made this last night (7/23/12) and it turned out PERFECT! Thanks for a great and easy tutorial!

  31. Hi! I bought my towels and I’m ready to start 🙂 Q: Did you launder the towels prior to sewing? What need and presser foot did you use? I’m still a beginner and want to double check before diving in! Thanks! Ps. A friend referred me to your blog.

  32. Hi Megan, I apologize for just getting back to you. Welcome to Infarrantly Creative! 🙂 To answer your questions, I did not launder the towels first, and I just used a regular presser foot. Best of luck with your project, and please let me know if you have any more questions.

  33. Made my son one but I added one more detail that me loves. I got the idea from a avengers hooded towel that he already had, just add a triangle fabric at the top corners of the towel to tuck their hands in. It makes it easier for them to wrap themselves up or if you kid is like my son to make the cape/towel fly better when he’s running at top speed.

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