Owl Hooded Towels

Whoooo likes hooded towels? I can’t believe just how cute these newest hooded towels turned out! (I make one each month-check out the others here.)

Owl Hooded Towel Pattern and Tutorial

Owls Hooded Towels Tutorial

I have such a thing for owls-who doesn’t? They’re just SO cute! So when a friend had twins last week I thought a set of hooded owl towels would be perfect for her one boy and one girl combo. I hope she loves them as much as I do! These almost rival the cuteness of the dragon hooded towel from last month. I don’t know which I like best!

Want to make some owl hooded bath towels of your own?

What You Need:

1 bath towel (pick any color-owls of all colors are cute!)

1 coordinating hand towel

Small amounts of white, black, orange fabric

Small amount of accent color fabric for behind the eyes

Small amount of heat and bond


Owl Hooded Towel Tutorial:

This hooded bath towel is made just like all of my hooded towels. I go into the greatest detail on the hooded frog towel, so if you need more help, I would recommend looking at that tutorial.

Start out by cutting your hand towel in half.

Fold the finished edge of the hand towel under about 3-4 inches, pin it in place and stitch it.

Owl Towel Pattern

Now, flip it over so that you are working on the underside.

Cut out your eyes-you simply need 3 circles for each eye. One small one for the eyeball, a larger one for the white part and a slightly larger for the outer. Use any color you want for the outer. Adhere the eyes to your heat and bond and then place them where you want them on the towel and iron them in place.

Now, using a tight and small zig zag stitch (applique), stitch around each part of your eye-the eyeball, the white, and the outer ring.

Cut out your beak from your orange fabric. It just needs to be a little triangle. I used a soft plush because I had some on hand. Use that, use a towel or just use fabric, anything is fine. With right sides together, sew your beak on two of the sides of the triangle, leaving the bottom of the triangle open. Turn right side out.

Pin your beak in place and zig zag it unto your owl.

Here’s a close up of what the owl face should look like:

Make your own owl hooded towel

Using your leftover hand towel piece, cut out 4 little ear pieces. Again, just little triangles. Do the same thing you did with the beak-sewing two sides of the triangle and leaving the third side open. Turn right side out.

Now, figure out just where you want these little ears on your towel and cut a small slit and slide your unfinished edge of the ear into the slit. Turn the head inside out so that you are working on the underside and zig zag the slit closed, catching the bottom of the ear in it. It should look like this:

Hooded Towel Pattern

Snip off any excess ear on the underside.

Now, fold your towel in half with the face on the inside and zig zag up the raw edge to form the hood:

Make a hooded towel how to

Keep your hood inside out and turn it so that it is laying like this and sew a straight line across the top of that tip (this is going to round out the head of your owl instead of making it pointy) and snip off the tip:

Now, turn it right side out and you should have a cute little owl face.

To sew it onto your towel, first find the center of the towel. Then make a little pleat like this:

DIY hooded towel

Now, center your head along that pleat and zig zag it in place, sewing the full length of the bottom of your head:

Owl baby gifts

And you’re done! Have I mentioned how much I love this little guy?

How to make an owl hooded towel (pattern)

Like this? Be sure to check out other hooded towels:

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Hey there! I'm Amber, mom of 4 crazy boys, wife of 1 and non-stop, always busy, crazy project doer. (There's a reason why we call it *Crazy* Little Projects.) I love chocolate, reading, sewing and being with people!
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  1. says

    Those are so adorable! I love the Angry Birds ones – my son would go nuts for those!

    I’m visiting through the Pinterest Scavenger Hunt and I’m now following you via email, and other ways too. Hope you get a chance to visit us too. Cheers! :-)

  2. jan says

    love it!!! i have a couple of towels waiting for me to make for my grandaughters…this will be great……thanks so much for sharing!

  3. says

    I’m visiting from the scavenger hunt and I think these are amazing! I have a new grandson and look forward to trying my hand at making some of these. You make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing.

  4. says

    This is the cutest little towel ever! And I’m excited to feature you at the party this week! Thanks so much for sharing at my Throwback Thursday party :)

    • Lisa Hudson says

      sew on circles and it will look “spotted” (similar to the lady bug) make nostrils similar to the way you do eyes and instead of ears do “horns”… Good luck…

  5. says

    Great tutorial! I love all those hooded towels! I’m getting together with some friends with toddlers in less than a month for a belated Christmas party, and I’ve been starting to agonize over what cute, easy thing I can make for the kids that they’ll actually use. This is fantastic!!! I made my own version on my blog at http://muchgiven.blogspot.com/2013/01/owl-towel-hooded-adventure.html. I changed the hood style a bit, but quickly found out that your way was the right way, haha! :) You totally made my (and my son’s) day!

  6. Marianna Savercool says

    I was wondering how big you made your circles for the eyes? I looked at the frog directions and you have a pattern but there is a pattern for only two circles. How much bigger would you suggest I make the accent color for the eye? All of the towels are adorable and I can’t wait to finish the ones I’m making for my grandson.

    • Amber says

      You can use the frog eyes for your white eye part on the owl and then cut 2 background circles for the owl that are just larger than those by about 1/2 inch or so all the way around.

  7. Joan* says

    I love your website. I have made many of your hooded towels and they are so cute and am not going on to make patterns of what ever character they are into.
    Your tutorials are so easy to follow.


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