I LOVE this towel or maybe I just want to squeeze the baby in it! I first shared this towel back in in 2013 when my son Tanner was 14 months old. He is now 5 1/2 and entering Kindergarten this fall. Time flies. With number 2 now almost 16 months old, I’ve been wanting to make a towel for him. And as usual, time got away from me…
- Cotton terry towel
- Cotton fabric for the binding
- Rotary cutter, cutting mat, creative grids ruler
- Disappearing fabric ink pen
- Sewing materials and sewing machine
- Iron and ironing board
A couple comments on the fabric..
- Cotton Fabric – Don’t you just love this fabric?? I’ve been hoarding it since Arlo was born.. This cat towel is perfection! It is called “Printshop” by the uber-talented Alexia Abegg...
- Cotton terry towel – I strongly suggest buying “premium” cotton terry towel. I’ve used the cheaper versions of terry towel and it doesn’t feel and/or look as nice. It also doesn’t hold up as well.
This project is perfect for the confident/beginner sewer. There are quite a few steps in this tutorial. If you need additional images or help along the way, see my prior baby towel post with more in depth details.
Let’s get started:
Part A: Cut your fabric and prepare the binding:
- 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.
- Pin the hood pattern piece down on the terry and also the cotton fabric. Cut one of each.
- Place wrong sides together and pin the 2 pieces together. Baste together along the outside edge. This is an important step and will help keep the fabric secure and not have it shift.
- Round each outside corner of the 30″ x 30″ towel. Not sure how? Find a cup or bowl and place on the corner. Mark with the disappearing fabric pen and you have a rounded corner.
- Cut your binding strips. [3″ width]. Not sure on how to cut binding? I created an easy tutorial here on how to cut binding..
- Sew your binding into strips. Trim the seam allowance to be 1/4″. Iron the seam. Open seam and iron again. Here is a tutorial on sewing binding together.
- For the binding, you will need a strip 140″ in length.
Part B: Sew the hood piece and attach the binding:
- Fold the binding in half and press. Press the entire length of the strip in half.
- From the binding that you made, cut a strip 19″ long. This will finish the bottom hood edge. Pin to bottom edge of hood piece. Place in your 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.
- 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 entire length of the binding around the towel. Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 above for the outside of the towel.
- Insert the binding into the beginning binding and pin.
You can see how much fun the towel can also be.. Imagine chasing around a naked baby pre and post bath time! Can you say poop on the floor?
That’s it! So what do you think? Will you make this towel?
Fabric Source – “Print Shop” by Alexia Abegg.