Hooded towels are one of my favorite things to make (which I guess is why I plan to do a monthly hooded towel on this blog). They are perfect for baby, toddler, or preschooler. These particular towels are easy to make, inexpensive and wonderful to use with little ones! Last month we had a frog hooded towel. (And now there are monthly hooded towels. See them all here.)
This month I give you…a ladybug hooded towel pattern!
This ladybug hooded towel is really pretty easy to make and they are a huge hit at baby showers! It’s going to cost you around $10 (maybe even less) and take you an hour or so to make it (depending on your sewing experience).
Ladybug Hooded Towel Pattern & Tutorial:
1 regular size bath towel in hot pink or red (I get mine at Target for around $5
1 black hand towel
About 1/4 yard black fabric
Iron on transfer paper
Small amount of cotton stuffing
A tiny bit of white fabric (if you are adding eyes to yours)
Ladybug Towel Pattern Pieces
To see full details on how to assemble the hooded towel, visit this post. Here I will teach you how to make the head:
Start out by cutting your black hand towel in half the hamburger way (meaning you end up with a short and fat half hand towel, not long and skinny).
Using the pattern pieces, cut out 4 pieces for the antennae and cut out several spots of whatever size you like. I usually do about 4 spots but you can do as many or as few as you like.
If you are adding eyes to yours, cut those out too. Using your iron on transfer paper, iron them in place where you want them and then do a tight zig zag stitch (applique) around the edges of them to keep them permanently in place.
Now, take your hand towel and position your antennae where you want them and cut a small slit right through the towel to poke them down into. This picture gives you an idea of where to place them:
Now, using your pink or red towel, place your spots where you want them. Use iron on transfer to iron them in place. Once you have them where you want them, use a tight zig zag (applique) stitch around the edge of the spot to sew them on.
The next step is optional but make the towel easier to wrap around the child.
I add a little pleat to the towel right in the center of the long side. Right where you are going to sew your head on. Fold the towel in to form the pleat and then zig zag it.
See more hooded towels: