I haven’t made a new hooded towel in a long time! But when you find out that your cousin (who you adore) is having a baby girl and you are heading to San Diego to visit her for a few days and you know she is going to love a new towel for the new baby, you bust out something awesome, like this cute hippo hooded towel!
My mom has actually always had a thing for cute hippos and even had a business logo once with a hippo just like this on it, so I knew this would be a cute towel option as well. Love how it turned out!
Got a little one who you think would love a cute hippo? Let’s make it!
Hippo Hooded Towel Tutorial:
- Purple towel (mine came from Target)
- Purple hand towel to match
- Pink ribbon (for bow in ear)
- Small amounts of white, black and light pink fabric
- Small amounts of paper backed adhesive like Heat n Bond
- Small amount of white felt or fleece
- Hippo Hooded Towel Pattern
The truth is that I have written instructions to make hooded towels so many times and most of them are essentially the same process once you have the pieces cut out, that I didn’t take a ton of pictures of this process. So if you need more visuals I will refer you to the Teddy Bear Hooded Towel post for more details if you need them.
Also, I will refer to the hooded towel post for the basics on overall construction of the hooded towel. This part is simply how to make the head.
Start by cutting out your pieces. You will cut two snouts from the purple hand towel as well as 4 ears. Cut two white eyes, two black eyes, two pink nostrils and two white teeth from your felt or fleece.
Also cut the Heat n Bond to match your eyes, eyeballs and nostrils.
Follow the instructions on the hooded towel post to get your hand towel ready to add the face.
Get your snout pieces ready. Iron the nostrils on where you want them on piece of the snout. Then place the snout pieces with right sides together and the teeth placed where you want them going inward (see image). The rounded ends of the teeth should face the inside of the snout at this point.
With right sides together, sew around the sides of the snout leaving the top flat part open. Turn right side out and stitch around the nostrils with an appliqué stitch (very tight, close together zigzag-see image below).
Take your hand towel piece that is ready to work with (based on the instructions in the hooded towel tutorial) and on the underside (part with no seam), place your eyes and eyeballs where you want them and iron them down.
Place your snout where you want it and sew it on with a zigzag stitch across the top part of it. (Careful, you are sewing through a lot of layers of towel at this point.)
Grab your ear pieces and sew two together around the sides leaving the bottom flat part open and then turn right side out. Repeat with other ear.
In your towel cut little slits where you want the ears and pull them through. You will sew this all closed on the underside (see images in the teddy bear towel tutorial). This can be really tricky because this is a lot of layers. Go slow and carefully and use a heavy duty needle if needed.
Once you have those in place you just need to make the head a hood.
Fold it so that the face is inside and sew up the raw edges of the towel with a zigzag. (See images in Teddy Bear.)
Fold the towel into a triangle shape (again, see images in teddy bear) and sew the top tip of the triangle, then cut that piece off.
Sew the hood to the towel (see either of the other towel posts mentioned) and you are done! Enjoy!
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