I love those hooded baby towels, but our kids both grew out of those towels way too quickly. Below is a DIY hooded towel tutorial that I used to make hooded towels for kids. I got this tutorial from the following link: https://projectnursery.com/2017/04/diy-hooded-towel-tutorial/
- 1 Regular Sized Bath Towel (any size bath towel will work)
- 1 Coordinating Hand Towel
- Matching Thread
- Sewing Machine
- Rotary Cutter, Self-Healing Rotary Mat & Clear Acrylic Ruler or your can just use scissors
- Sewing Pins
1.Start by creating the hood. Folder your hand towel in half, matching up the short sides.
2. Measure 11.5″ down from the folded edge and cut off the bottom edges.
3. Open the hand towel and fold 1.5″ up on one long side. Using your coordinating thread to sew a straight stitch right below the finished edge along your fold.
4. Then go back and sew right on top of the finished edge. This will prevent the edge from flapping up and gives it a nice edge.
5. Fold the hand towel in half again, matching up the short sides. But this time, make sure the long finished edge you just sewed is inside. The finished edge you just sewed will be the hood front.
6. Measuring from the hood front, mark 8″ along the top folded edge and 12″ along the bottom edge. Align a ruler on the two marks and cut diagonally. Save the piece you removed to make hand pockets later!
7. Pin your diagonal edges together. Use a zig-zag stitch to sew them together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Then turn the hood right-side out.
8. Find the top inside center of your bath towel. Pin the bottom center of the hood to the top center of your bath towel, with the hood piece overlapping the bath towel by 1/2″.
9. With the hood piece still overlapping the bath towel by 1/2″, pin the remaining bottom edges of the hood along the top edge of the towel. You will have to fold the hood a bit in order to get the straight edges to align.
10. Use your zig-zag stitch to sew the hood on with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
11. On the back side of the hood, you’ll notice the top edge of the bath towel has made a flap. Use a straight stitch to sew this down along the hood.
Instructions for Optional Hand Pockets
12. Cut along the fold of the discarded triangle from the hand towel. Measure down 8″ from the top and cut off the bottoms.
13. You should now have two pieces like below. Run a zip-zag stitch along the diagonal edge to keep it from fraying.
14. On the inside of the towel, align the pocket just inside the top corner. Pin in place.
15. Sew a zip-zag stitch along three sides, leaving the diagonal side open. Repeat with the other piece on the other top corner.
You are done! Don’t you just want to make more. I am definitely going to make more of these for our kids.
Our kids absolutely love these hooded towels. Our son loves to play with his and loves the hand pockets! Aren’t they just the cutest towels that your kids will be able to use for years. These make really nice beach towels as well. It is a great way to dry off and get warm after getting out of the pool!
Do your kids love hooded towels as much as our do? I would love to hear about where you buy your hooded towels or how you make them. Thanks for stopping by! I will talk to you again soon!