What’s the Project? This cute ninja turtle hooded towel is a favorite of little kids. Make it look like whichever turtle they love best and they will look forward to bath time so that they can wear this cute hooded towel!
I haven’t done a hooded towel tutorial for about a year I think, because frankly, after sewing all those hooded towels I got burned out. But I have had a lot of requests for more and I am feeling ready to make them again, so here you go!
This year I am going to focus on character hooded towels. I will do a boyish one one month and then a girly one the next month. Kicking things off, I’ve got a Ninja Turtle hooded towel for you today!
Ninja Turtle Hooded Towel:
- 1 green bath towel
- 1 green hand towel (you will only use half)
- Small amounts of black and white fabric
- Small scrap of fabric in either red, orange, blue or purple, depending on which turtle you want to make
- Small amount of adhesive backed iron on heat transfer paper like Heat n Bond
- Ninja Turtle Hooded Towel Pattern Pieces
As with all of my hooded towels, I won’t walk through the basics of constructing the hooded towel here. I have a full tutorial on that here. Follow those instructions to assemble the towel. Here I will teach you to make the Ninja turtle part.
Cut your hand towel in half horizontally.
Fold the long selvaged edge (the one that you did NOT cut) under about 3-4 inches and sew in place. (This just makes the hood not quite as large and fit the kid’s head better.)
Cut out the pieces from the pattern. Also cut those pieces from the adhesive backed iron on transfer paper. Iron the transfer paper to the back of each piece.
Place the mask on your hand towel where you want it and iron it in place.
Add the eyes and eye balls where you want them and iron them in place:
Sew around each of these pieces with an appliqué stitch-a tight, zigzag. This can be tricky in parts because the towel is thick.
Now fold the towel in half with the face on the inside and sew up the back of the towel with a zigzag stitch. This will be on the raw edges from where you cut before.
Now turn the towel like this:
And sew a seam about 1 inch or 1 and half inches from the top to create a triangle across the tip. Snip off the excess fabric. This will make it so the towel is not pointy on top.
Sew hood to towel using these instructions and then give it your kiddo and watch them love it!
I hope you love this ninja turtle hooded towel!
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Looking to make my first hooded towel! You commented that sewing the eyes can be tricky due to the thickness- I was thinking I’d try sewing the eyes to the purple strip first before ironing it on.
I made two a couple of months ago. My son went through my fabric scraps to find the right shade of purple and blue. The directions were easy to follow and the towels came out great. My son smiles every time he sees them. thanks!
Just wondering, where do you find your green towels for this project. I keep finding a light green or more of a minty green or a dark hunter green? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I also have struggled to find a red towel that would work for a spiderman towel I am working on.
Mine are from Target
Linda Georgia says
Just made one of these so quick and cute. My grandson will be so excited. Thanks for sharing.
What an adorable project
Just wanted to say thank you for this! (and all your towel patterns!) I’ve been making towels as baby gifts and they’ve been a big hit. I was just thinking of doing a Ninja Turtle on my own, and lo and behold, you posted this! Perfect timing. I can’t wait to see what other ones you have planned!
Cute! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for this afternoon that links to your tutorial:
I have two grandsons that are crazy for the Ninja Turtles and they have birthdays coming up. Your creations are always so cute
Thanks so much for these wonderful towel patterns. I have made the frog and the penguin, and have bought towels for several more. My grandson wants another penguin!
Love it!! Thanks to your wonderful tutorials I actually created my own Ninja Turtle design a few months ago and added a shell to the back.
What a great towel! My Grandson will be thrilled. Thank you so much.
Brenda Thatcher says
I stumbled on your page and have been sewing hooded towels for everyone I know! I love the ninja turtle towel! Thank you for these awesome ideas! So excited to know that more are coming!
Diane Clements says
Love it! That will be going on my Christmas To Do List for a couple of great-nephews.
Oh Thank you Thank you! I LOVE these!
I just found out this week I am having a little boy 🙂 Can’t wait to make one of these for him (I’ve made several others as baby gifts!)
Perfect and congrats!
Sheila Perl says
Thank you for the adorable Ninja hooded towel pattern!! 🙂
As always your projects are so cute!!