While searching the internet for directions on how to make a hooded baby towel, I noticed many tutorials advised using a towel and a washcloth as an easy way to accomplish this project. I admit that is a great and easy option. However, I wanted a square towel and I didn’t want to waste the portion of the towel I needed to cut off to make a square shape. The directions below show how I used one adult towel to sew together a hooded towel just right for a baby.
1. The towel in this tutorial was a purple Better Homes and Gardens, 100% cotton bath towel. It measured 30 inches x 54 inches. Lay the towel flat on a cutting surface and plan how you want to use the parts of the towel.
2. For a uniform look on the main part of the towel, cut one border off. The other border can be used on the hood (shown later).
3. Fold the towel diagonally and cut off the portion of the towel that didn’t fit into the folded area. This gives a square to use for the main part of the towel and the right side that’s cut off will be used to create the hood.
4. Fold the cut sides in once and pin them.
5. To finish these cut edges, fold the sides in one more time. While folding, remove the pins that were used at first and pin the final edge.
6. Sew the edges and remove the pins.
7. Repeat steps 4, 5, and 6 on the other two edges to create a uniform edge around the towel.
8. Spread the towel out and decide where you want to attach the hood.
9. Take the portion of the towel that was cut off and line it up on the corner chosen to have the hood.
Note: My cutting mat has a ruler along the edges, so I placed the edge of the hood at 12″ on either side of the square towel to make it even on the corner of the towel.
10. Cut the hood about 1″ larger than the edge of the main towel to allow for the seam.
Note: I chose to embroider the baby’s name on the border of the hood.
11. Place the hood on the towel so that the good sides touch each other and pin the edges together.
12. Sew the hood onto the towel, sewing the top corner as a curve.
13. Cut the excess off the inside seam of the hooded towel. To create a round top to the hood, sew the top in a curve and cut the corner off (as pictured).
14. Turn the hood and towel right side out and admire your awesome project!
Finally, add a little something with the hooded towel such as baby wash or hygiene items to complete the gift package.