How to Make a Hooded Towel

Stay warm and cozy after a bath, at the beach or at the pool with a hooded bath towel. Wet hair can leave your little one feeling cold. However, it is difficult to keep a bath towel wrapped around your baby's or small child's head. A hooded towel solves that problem. Make a towel hoodie using a bath towel and half a hand towel or purchase terry cloth by the yard.

Things You'll Need

  • Bath towel
  • Straight pins
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Hand towel
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Heavy-duty sewing machine needles
  • Ribbon and trim, optional

Instructions

    • 1

      Fold your bath towel in half, bringing narrow ends together. Mark the center point with a straight pin.

    • 2

      Create a pleat in the center of the towel. Measure 2 inches from the center point and place a pin to the right of center. Measure 2 inches from the center point and place a pin to the left of center. Pick up the towel at the right and left pins and lap the towel over, bringing the right and left pins to the center. Remove the right and left pins and pin through all layers of fabric to keep the pleat in place. Sew through all layers of fabric approximately 3/8 inches from the outer edge.

    • 3

      Cut the hand towel in half. Sew ribbon, rickrack or other decorative trim to the finished side of the towel.

    • 4

      Fold the decorated hand towel piece in half, right sides together, cut edges together. Machine sew the cut edge of the hand towel using a 5/8-inch seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4 inch and zigzag the seam allowance for added strength.

    • 5

      Remove a triangle from the corner of the seamed side of the towel. Grasp the corner of the seamed hand towel on the seam at the folded side. Turn the corner over onto the towel, forming a triangle with sides approximately 3 to 4 inches each. Cut the triangle off the towel. Sew this cut edge with a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Trim the seam to 1/4 inches. Zigzag the seam allowance for added strength.

    • 6

      Turn the hand towel so the seams are on the inside. This is your hood.

    • 7

      Match the center of the cut edge of the hood to the center of the pleated side of the bath towel, keeping right sides of the hood and bath towel together.

    • 8

      Sew the hood to the towel, working slowly through the thick layers of fabric to avoid breaking sewing machine needles. Because the bath towel has a finished edge, use a narrow seam allowance, approximately 1/4 to 3/8 inches. Do not trim. Zigzag for added strength.

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