Crafts

Make a Hooded Bath Towel from One Towel

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.

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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).

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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.

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4. Fold the cut sides in once and pin them.

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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.

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6. Sew the edges and remove the pins.

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7. Repeat steps 4, 5, and 6 on the other two edges to create a uniform edge around the towel.

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8. Spread the towel out and decide where you want to attach the hood.

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9. Take the portion of the towel that was cut off and line it up on the corner chosen to have the hood.

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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.

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10. Cut the hood about 1″ larger than the edge of the main towel to allow for the seam.

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Note: I chose to embroider the baby’s name on the border of the hood.

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11. Place the hood on the towel so that the good sides touch each other and pin the edges together.

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12. Sew the hood onto the towel, sewing the top corner as a curve.

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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).

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14. Turn the hood and towel right side out and admire your awesome project!

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Finally, add a little something with the hooded towel such as baby wash or hygiene items to complete the gift package.

 

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