I have wanted to make this cute hooded towel for quite some time.
I have been “thinking” about making this project since my Tanner was in my belly. My “baby” is now 14 months old, so it was high time that I made the pattern and sewed the thing together.
This project is fairly easy to sew and in just a few short hours you can finish it. Some sewing ability is needed, but I dare you beginners to give it a try! All you need is terry towel, fun colorful fabric and your sewing materials. I will share the hood pattern piece later this week. UPDATE — great news! After many requests, the hood pattern is now available. Click here to see the post and there to download the PDF pattern – Hood-Pattern-Piece-June-20131.pdf
Why not make one today? It is a great keepsake that you made for your baby or it makes a great gift for a new Mom..
- Terry towel
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- Creative grids ruler
- Disappearing Fabric ink pen
- Sewing materials – pins, scissors, thread
- Sewing machine
- Iron and ironing board
Part A: Cutting your fabric and prepping your binding
Note – Cutting the main fabric for the towel is not shown in the images below. Lay the terry towel flat on a large cutting area. Measure and mark a 30″ x 30″ square. Cut the terry towel to this size.
8 Easy Steps Part A:
- Pin the hooded piece down on the terry and colorful fabric. Cut one of each
- Place wrong sides together and pin the 2 pieces together. Baste together along the outside edge
- Round each outside corners of the 30″ x 30″ towel
- Cut your binding. I created an easy tutorial on cutting binding. Check it out here.
- Place your binding perpendicular to each other. Pin in place
- Use a ruler and mark the sewing line with a disappearing ink pen. This step will help guide you when sewing the binding together
- Place in sewing machine and sew. Backstitch at each end
- Iron the seam. Open seam and iron again. The 2 binding pieces should now be flat and a continuous piece
Part B: Sewing the hooded piece and sewing the binding
8 Easy Steps Part B:
- Fold the binding in half and press. Press the entire binding in half
- From the binding that you made, cut a 18.5″ long piece. This will finish the bottom hood edge. Pin to bottom edge of hood piece. Place in sewing machine and sew
- With the binding laying flat, press the seam. Open and iron the seam again
- Roll the binding to the back side and cover the raw edge. Pin in place if it helps. Iron to set the seam
- Place in your sewing machine and edgestich along the folded edge. The raw seams will now be enclosed by the binding
- Place the hood at corner of towel and pin in place. Note that there will be extra room in the middle for the baby’s head. Baste the pieces together
- You will now finish the entire outside edge of the towel with the binding. Start at a straight edge and pin the binding along the raw edge.
- Sew the 2 pieces together. Sew the entire length of the binding. Repeat steps 4 and 5 above for the outside of the towel
That’s it! Your hooded towel is complete. I hope you enjoy sewing it as much as I did.