Most of you probably know that I love to sew hooded towels. I usually like to make cute animal hooded towels but they can be cute even as just a basic hooded towel. These towels are so handy too because they work great for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and even beyond. They are easy to make and cost less than $10. Can’t beat that can you?
And…my 4 year old’s a goof ball and likes to make funny faces in pictures.
So, today I am going to teach you to make a hooded towel. This tutorial will teach you the basics of hooded towel making that can be used to make just a regular hooded towel or one of my animal hooded towels.
Hooded Towel Tutorial:
- 1 bath towel (any size)
- 1 coordinating hand towel (you will only use half)
*You might need a heavy duty needle for this. My machine will sew through this just fine, but be warned, your machine might struggle sewing through several layers of towel. If you break a needle you might want to try getting a heavy duty needle.
Start out by cutting your hand towel in half across the short size so that it ends up short and fat. Then, with the finished edge fold it under about 4 inches or so and sew that in place:
You can decide which side you want to have on the outside of your hood and which you want inside. If you are doing an animal face you need the bottom part-the part to be the face. So NOT the part you see above. Flip that over and use the other side. If you are just doing a basic hooded towel, just choose which part you like best.
If you are doing an animal towel, you will do the face now. Otherwise proceed to the next step.
Now, fold the hand towel in half so that right sides are together (meaning your outside part is inside for now). See the image below. The polkadots are the right side of the fabric so I have fold them together so that they are touching and are on the inside. You are going to do a zigzag stitch up the raw edge to form the hood: (so in this picture you are sewing on the right side)
That’s it. Your hood is done.
Now, on the bath towel, on each of the 2 sides fold the edge under about 4 inches and sew it in place: (this has a decorative stitch-you can use that or just a straight stitch)
Now, find the center of your towel on the long side. You are now going to form a little pleat that looks like this. To do that you are just folding about 1 inch in from each side and pinning it in place:
Now you need to attach your hood to your towel. Center the hood so that the seam of the back of the hood matches up with the center of the pleat you just made. Pin the rest of the hood in place along the top of the towel and then zigzag it in place:
It should look like this when you are done:
And that’s it. You’ve got yourself a hooded towel!
Now, be sure to check out all the animal hooded towels as well: