Jul 16, 2012

Hooded Baby Towel: Tutorial

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)
coordinating thread
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'.


M. Jorgensen said...

The whale one is ADORABLE!! We have a shark towel but I hate that whenever it's washed it rips and frays...ugh! so I may just have to try this little tut out! Thanks larissa!

Sharon said...

This is fantastic!! We just hads our baby boy 2 weeks ago and I have had a hard time finding any baby towles, perfect answer!

Michelle@ Learning to Be a Mom said...

These would be so cute for baby shower gifts. I guess I'll have to get over my fear of making my own bias tape.It's so much cuter than what you can find in the store.

Liila said...

So nice!

Nana said...

Too cute. Thanks for the tutorial.


Momofgirls said...

Oh my goodness Rissa he is ADORABLE! I just want to squish him. He looks so different from the other boys. Miss you guys!

Annelies said...

Going to the TOP of my to do list for the babies. LOVE THIS!!!! SEW easy too.

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...


So glad you like it! It is easy! Have fun.

ckwarr said...

Super cute, thanks for sharing! Did you use 1/2" double fold bias tape or 1"? thanks.

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

I made my own, and I started with 2" strips that ironed into 1/2" biased tape.

Dresden said...

I am planning on buying some bias tape from a shop on etsy, do you know how many yards i'll need to get for one of these towels? Thanks for the tutorial! I love it!!

Unknown said...

I am confused when you say to cut off the ends in the first step. Do you mean to me it square or 29 inches?
April Kegly

bkm said...

Are you first sewing the bias tape to the back of the towel then bringing it to the front to top stitch?

Laura said...

Hi! Just wondering why you took all the pictures down for this tutorial? I find it easier to understand when you can follow your detail!
Thanks, Joan


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