Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hooded Baby Towel

When I had my third baby a friend gave me a homemade hooded baby towel and I loved it!  It was unlike any other design I have seen for a hood but I liked it sooo much better.  So when my sister just had her 3rd baby I decided I wanted to give her a hooded towel as well.  So I went searching for tutorials and I couldn't find any that were like the one I received.  So I just had to study the hood and figure it out on my own. I also made a cute little wash cloth to go with it.  And it turned out super cute.

 So here is what you are going to need.
A towel
1/4 yrd flannel
ribbon or other trims you want to use
basic sewing supplies
(If you want a wash cloth as well you need 1/4 yr terry cloth)

Now the first thing you are going to do is add your trim.  You will want to do this on the "wrong" side of your wash cloth at what you want to be your top.

Now this is the tricky part and since I was tryi9ng to figure it out myself I don't have great pics so feel free to let me know if you have any questions.
Turn your wash cloth so you can see the front.  Turn the top down about 1-1 1/2 inches.  Now fold the wash cloth down again stopping about 1 1/2-2 inches from the bottom.  Now it will look like this.

You see the black line I drew in, that is where you are going to sew.  I zig-zagged it for more security.  You want to start at about 2 inches from the side and go down to the corner.  Do that on both sides and trim off the triangles.
Now flip it right side out.
Cute little hood isn't it.  I wanted to add a little extra so I cut a duck out of my flannel and ironed it on with heat bond.  Then appliqued it on.
Now you're going to attach this to the towel.   You want to attach it to the center of the long side.  I just overlapped the binding on the cloth and the towel and went around twice for extra security again.
Sorry I know it is hard to see I picked a good matching thread.
And Voila you have a cute towel. (bad picture but cute towel)
 Now for the wash cloth.  First please pre-wash your fabrics, or else the first time they are washed together you will likely end up with something that no longer matches.
Take your 1/4 yd flannel and fold a triangle to make a square. Now cut it out.

Then lay your flannel on your terry cloth and cut out a matching square.  Put right sides together.  Draw curved corners on all 4 corners.  I used an old washcloth as a guide.
 Sew the two together leaving about a 3 inch gap in one side.  Now turn it right side out and top stitch around the washcloth. 
Now you have a cute wash clothe to match your cute towel.  A perfect gift for a baby.

I am glad to know there is one less baby wrapped you in a thin store bought hooded towel tonight.  Instead he is warm and snugglie in a soft thick towel made with love.


Michelle said...

This is brilliant! What an awesome gift. Thank you for sharing, I may have to try this. :)

Grandma Hurst said...

cute towel for a new baby boy.

baby towel said...

cute baby towel
for a new baby boy.