The reason why this hooded towel tutorial is so awesome is because it uses a WHOLE towel. I really got annoyed with those tiny hooded towels that people give as gifts (sorry, it's true), because it doesn't take long for your baby to grow out of them! When you need something bigger...make these!
To get started, you will need:
- One whole towel and one hand towel (Room Essential towels at Target are cheap and AWESOME for this project and they last a long time, too! Seriously! They also have lots of good color combos or stripes, too!)
- Matching Thread (don't just use white... make sure it matches, so it is hidden).
- 1/4 yard of coordinating cotton fabric (my fishy fabric is from Jo-Anne's! isn't it cute!? Carla picked it out! I love it!)
- Other sewing essentials (machine, scissors, etc)
Lay out your HAND towel, folded in half and cut a little less than half. Set aside the larger piece... you won't need it anymore. So, in fact, you could get two hooded towels out of ONE hand towel if you needed to. And if it is for an older child, you could in fact use exactly one half or even a little larger if you want a bigger hood. Cai is almost 18 months. If it were for a 5 year old, I would probably used half or a little bigger than half sized piece.
Unfold your hand towel piece like so:
Next, grab that cute cotton fabric that you love so much and let's make the bias tape for around the front part of the hood. Cut a piece that is 26'' x 4.5''.
Now, cut off about half of the over hanging bias tape on the end of the hood piece.
See the L and how closely stitched it is to the edge?
Now, you are almost done! Your hood piece is complete! Next, you want to grab your whole towel and put a pin in the center of your towel to mark the middle.
Fold your hood in half to find its center and then lay it down on your towel piece and pin it with the hooded towel natural hem on top of the towel natural hem.
Celebrate with your sweet friend, because she is awesome to let me share this with you!
Look how many cute options there are, too!? Are these not adorable!?
Want to personalize your towel with your child's letter?