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Topic: hooded towels- NOW with tutorial! :D (lots of pics!!!)  (Read 38338 times)
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« on: May 21, 2007 01:32:09 AM »

I'm not sure if this really belong here, but they're sorta clothing items, I guess? lol. If you think it should be somewhere else, just let me know though. Wink This is kinda old skool stuff, but it was my first sewing project so I'm still excited to show it off. Smiley It cost about $8 to make: one bath towel, half a hand towel and 3 strips of ribbon.

Okay, here's the tutorial. (my first one, so be patient!) You will need 1 large bath towel, 1 hand towel, whatever strips of ribbon you want (about 1.5 ft each), and some really strong "jean denim" sewing machine needles (you *will* break normal sewing needles sewing through these towels, so save yourself the extra trip and trouble and just start with the heavy duty ones lol). Wink Also, since the hand towel can be used for two separate hooded towels, it is wise to buy both bath towels & your one hand towel at the same time (in case they run out of that color later on, then you're stuck w/ an odd color half-a-hand towel).

First, cut your hand towel in half. Then sew your ribbon on, just straight across the bottom (I had already made my 1st hood, and didnt have any ribbon for the 2nd one, so I just photoshopped a ribbon on this one):

Fold it in half again so that the ribbon is on the inside.

Then, fold the corner up in a right angle. Pin where the flap meets the ribbon-edge of the hood. Repeat with the other side. (it is very important to make sure your ribbon is on the long, open edge, and that you are marking with your pins on the *closed* edge)

Then mark from the pin to the outside corner with masking tape. This creates the shape your hood will be. Its good to peek inside at this point and make sure that this is the correct placement, as you will be sewing along the edge of the masking tape next.

Now, you sew from the outside corner to the pin mark, along the edge of the masking tape. Repeat on both sides. I just used a single stitch. After that, cut off each flap, and then sew the edges with a zigzag stitch or whatever, to finish off the edges and leave a nice clean line. You should be left with this:

Turning it right side out, it should look like this:

Inside the hood should look like this:

Ok, you're done with your hood now. Get out the bath towel, hold it out length wise (hot dog style) then fold it in half and mark the middle with a pin.

You're going to make your back pleat now, there are two ways to do it. First way  to pleat it, you fold the edges under, meet at the center pin mark, about 2" on each side, then pin all the edges down, like this:

the back of your towel would look like this:

The 2nd way to pleat it (the way I like to do it, and how the pink one is done above, and how I'm doing this blue towel), you fold the edges over, about 2 inches on each side, meet in the center pin mark.Then pin all the layers down:

You can check to make your sides are even (so you dont need to measure with a ruler) by simply folding the edges up against each other)

This is what the back of your hooded towel will look like:

Lay your hood on the back of your bath towel, so all the raw edges are lined up together. Then pin the hood to the towel, it should look like this:

Then starting from one corner of your hood, sew a straight line about 1/2 an inch from the edge, through all 4 layers of towel, to the end corner. Then do a zigzag stitch along the edge to close your seam and make it nice and neat. Make sure you backstitch at each corner. You may have to handcrank it over the really thick corner parts, and go very slowly, otherwise you might break a needle!

Your finished hooded towel should look like this!

Ta-da! Cheesy I hope this was a good tute! If anyone has any questions, please feel free to PM me anytime.
« Last Edit: May 27, 2007 09:52:20 PM by mylovelybabybump » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2007 07:55:36 AM »

that's really sweet!
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2007 11:24:27 AM »

That is too cute!
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2007 11:40:20 AM »


I'm always thinking about making these- were they worth it, do the kids actually use it?

« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2007 01:47:26 PM »

Daisyanissa: YES they are SO worth it!! Those thin baby towels you can buy at the store are crap...the water just soaks them right through. And babies/kids can fit into these for at least 4 years. I *love* these as a mom, they make great shower gifts.
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2007 01:50:52 PM »

« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2007 02:23:05 PM »

This is great, and they are a good pressie for mums with young children. Those store bought ones are soooo expensive and not nearly as fun as this! Grin

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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2007 04:58:25 PM »

That is so very cute.  I've been working this same idea around in my head for a while but instead of ribbons (which I love BTW) I would use all things super hero/dinosaur-ish.  That's boys for ya!  I love the shower gift idea!
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2007 09:03:11 PM »

cool towel it reminds me of watermelon, I think any mother would be thrilled to get one.
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2007 09:24:05 PM »

I'm going to try and do a tute for it this week. I still have a blue one I need to finish. Its so super simple, but it'd be hard to explain without having pics.
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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2007 09:24:11 AM »

Oh, Pretty! Especially love that it is pink!

« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2007 03:42:17 PM »

That's really pretty Smiley
« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2007 09:42:17 PM »

Alrighty, now theres a tute with this post! Let me know if I should make any changes to it, this is my first one. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2007 04:09:13 PM »

Thanks for the tute!  Can't wait to try one of these!  Grin

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« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2007 11:22:04 AM »

Thank you for the tutorials. Grin Now I can't wait to make some for my daughters.
« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2007 04:45:55 PM »

Another great tute! I love this idea. It's so true, my daughter is 2 and her hoodie towels don't fit anymore.
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« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2007 11:47:25 PM »

I have been making these for years.  My 7 yr old still uses hers!!!! Grin 
 I have discovered that the seam inside the hood will stay much neater for MUCH longer if you encase it with some bias tape/ribbon/etc.
« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2007 12:54:41 PM »

Great tute. . .thanks for sharing!

When I made one of these for my daughter a few years ago, I didn't buy a second towel. . .so I made the extra half of the hand towel into a matching bath mitt.  Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2008 09:11:28 AM »

I love these!  And thank you so much for the Tut!  I was thinking of doing one with a "Cars" character on the back for a three year old... How important is the crease in your experience?  (I think it would make the picture look funny) Thanks again!
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« Reply #19 on: January 21, 2008 12:50:30 PM »

Fantastic Tute! Smiley  Thank you for sharing! Smiley

« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2008 07:28:57 AM »

Hm, I may just have to run out and find some towels now! This looks great and so much fun! 

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« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2008 12:22:50 PM »

thanks for sharing, these look so fun to make

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« Reply #22 on: May 25, 2008 08:11:25 PM »

Thank you so much for the tute. I made two of them tonight for our new baby that's due in 3 weeks. I can't wait to use them. Your tutorial was so easy to follow and I love all the pics to go with the directions. I think I'm going to make a couple more for my 2 and 3 year old. I would make my 12 year old one but he wouldn't be as thrilled as the other two would be. Grin

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« Reply #23 on: June 21, 2008 06:06:26 PM »

Thank you so much for this tutorial. I made my very first one with a couple modifications, since this is my first BIG project and I am new to sewing. I didn't do the pleat because of lack of confidence in getting it right. I also only did one ribbon on the hood. It still came out very cute and I can't wait for my daughter to try it out.


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« Reply #24 on: December 02, 2009 11:26:00 PM »

Hi! I used your tute almost a year ago to make towels for my son and wanted to say a big THANK YOU for posting it! I came searching for it again to make more towels for my new nephew. A couple of photos of the ones I made a year ago:

I made the hood a little wider to accommodate the froggy face.

My son had this book and I had some orange felt. This is what happened.

And, the obligatory kid-using-craft-item shot.

The new ones I plan on making involve Elmo and a monkey. I'll post photos when they're done!
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