Hooded Towel Tutorial

A few people have asked me how to make the hooded towels I give as a baby shower gift. Someone made one of these hooded towels for Isaac when he was first born and I love it. I hate those flimsy ones that you get when they are an infant. They have the weight of a sheet. Plus these will last for years, my son is five and he still uses it. They are VERY simple to make. Even someone with minimal sewing skills can do this.


1. First what you need is a bath and hand towel (not a face towel). I usually get mine when they are on sale at Target 2 for $7 and 2 for $5. Get a nice, thick, soft one.

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2. Cut the hand towel 10 inches on the short side of the towel. Make sure if there is a design on it that you have that in the part you cut out.

3. Next fold the 10″ hand towel right sides together with the sides you cut touching each other. Zigzag stitch the side you cut closed.

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4. Next zig-zag stitch a little triangle in the upper corner of the hood. Just wing it no need to measure or anything. Cut the excess off and turn the hood right side out.

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hooded towel tutorial 45. This is the toughest part of explain. Fold your towel in half and put a pin in place (where the hood goes) so you know where the center is. Mark 4″ from the middle on both sides of the towel. Take that point and bring it into the middle and pin in place. Do the other side. It should look like this.

hooded towel tutorial 5Close-up view. You will be sewing through three layers.

hooded towel tutorial 66. Sew through all three layers with a zig-zag stitch.

7. Now take your hood and match up the center of the back of the towel with the center of the back of the hood. Pin that in place and now pin the entire hood to the towel.

hooded towel tutorial 78. Sew the hood on. I usually do a straight stitch through all layers and then go back and zig zag stitch for added strength. You can see all the places that were sewn in this picture.

hooded towel tutorial 8Easy peasy. If you do make this please let me know how my tutorial was. I would love to see pictures of yours. There is a nice pleat in the back.

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