I sure love the smell of a fresh washed and lotioned baby.
Is there anything better? Nope, I just don't think so.
A sweet smelling, squeaky clean baby is just about the best.
We have finally hit the stage where Bean actually enjoys his baths. He giggles and smiles while we scrub-a-dub-dub him. After he is all clean, he gets wrapped up in a warm and snuggy little towel.
Previous to making these towels, his bath towels were pretty sad. Sure they dried him off and kept him warm, but they did not match his level of cuteness. Not even close.
Well now he has some towels that don't quite rival his cuteness, but they do get close.
AND the good news is that I am going to tell you how you can make your very own hooded baby towels.
You will need:
1 towel for every hooded towel
homemade biased tape (I use this TUTORIAL)
scrap fabric if you want to applique something on the the hood
Fold the towel in half lengthwise, aka hot dog way.
Cut off both ends. One end needs to have more than the other in order to cut out the hood. My main towel piece meaured 29" long. The piece I cut the hood from measured about 16".
Once you have your main piece cut, using a plate as a template, round the corners of the towel.
Now take the 16" left over end piece.
Next, with your towel piece on a diagnol, lay the top corner (where the hood will be) on top of the extra piece. Cut along the corner using it as a pattern. You want the hood to measure 6 1/2" top to bottom.
It will look like this.
Cut off a piece of your homemade biased tape that will cover the bottom edge of the hood piece. Pin it in place.
Sew in place. Then fold over and top stitch into place.
If you so decided to sew on a shape. Now is when you would do so.
Okay, now forgive me because a picture for the next step seems to be mysteriously gone. I swear I took the picture. Mayhaps my camera ate it. Yeah, let's go with that theory.
So the next step is to baste the hood piece to the main towel piece.
Once the hood piece is attached, pin biased tape all the way around the towel.
Sew the ends where the tape meets up together. Then sew the biased tape onto the towel.
Fold over and pin in place. Make sure that the edge of the biased tape from the hood is tucked into this biased tape. Top stitch to attach.
All done. Yipee!
Now it is all ready for baby bath time...
...and for giggles and smiles from your favorite baby.
You know what? I am pretty sure these would make awesome baby shower presents too. Just sayin'.