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Make Your Own Hooded Towel

March 19, 2013 in Projects

I decided during bath time the other night that the hooded towel was a great invention. Why do I only own two? Well, probably because I didn’t want to waste any more money when I had a million towels without hoods at home! I immediately knew I needed to make more. Plus, it would be a great way to practice fabric applique (I have a love/hate relationship with it).  Here’s what I did.

Totally Stitchin': Hooded Towel Tutorial

SUPPLIES

  • Bath towel
  • Hand towel
  • coordinating fabric to make bias tape and if doing a fabric applique
  • Baby Lock sewing machine
  • thread, scissors, pins

I will start with saying I.love.applique. I love the way it looks, I love the personalization it adds to items BUT I hate the stress of maintaining my stitch and working around curves. I like things perfect and my applique is anything but perfect. It is improving though. Even my husband noticed (which is huge!) So, I am going to continue practicing and when I finally get it perfect I will make sure I document every step. Until then, I am going to continue my love/hate relationship.

1. If you are going to add an applique to your hooded towel, go ahead and do it before you start.

Totally Stitchin': Hooded Towel Tutorial

2. Next, I made about two yards of bias tape. If you are going with a solid basic color you can always use premade bias tape and save yourself some time. I had some extra red fabric that matched the fabric I used for Nolan’s name so I decided to make my own. Learn how to make your own bias tape with this tutorial (steps 3/4 in that tutorial).

3. Pin bias tape to short sides of the bath towel by placing the towel inside the bias tape, lining the edge of the towel up with the fold of the tape, and pinning the towel inside the bias tape. Trim off excess bias tape to use on hood.

Totally Stitchin': Hooded Towel Tutorial

4. Grab your hand towel and fold it in half. Cut towel in half along folded edge. I made the hood much bigger than what would fit a toddler so it would be nice and big to bundle up in on boat rides at the lake. If you are making a towel for a toddler, you will want to use a little less than a half of a hand towel.

Totally Stitchin': Hooded Towel Tutorial

5. Pin your hand towel sides (leaving unfinished, or cut, edge and opposite edge bare) into the leftover bias tape.

Totally Stitchin': Hooded Towel Tutorial

6. It’s finally time to sew! Attach bias tape to bath towel and hand towel. I used just a simple stitch but you could do a zigzag if you want.

7. Fold the hand towel in half with right side of towel facing each other. Your bias tape edges should be laying on top of each other. Pin raw, or cut, edge together and sew down edge.

Totally Stitchin': Hooded Towel Tutorial

Totally Stitchin': Hooded Towel Tutorial

8. Find the center of the bath towel and pin the hood to the towel. I overlapped my hood onto my bath towel. If you have a serger you could definitely use it. If you don’t have one, you can just use a zigzag stitch to attach your hood to your towel.

Totally Stitchin': Hooded Towel Tutorial

You did it! I, unfortunately, didn’t finish this until Nolan was already snoozing for the evening so my wonderful sister-in-law decided to try it on for me. What would I do without her?!?! With so many summer birthdays coming up, I think I will be making lots of these hooded towels for gifts!!!

Totally Stitchin': Hooded Towel Tutorial

Totally Stitchin': Hooded Towel Tutorial

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