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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will be sewing through three layers.
Trim edges with scissors and uplift the look of the fabric with your sewing machine.
Sew through all three layers with a zig-zag stitch.
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.
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.