Hooded Infant Towels in 5 easy steps (2 for 1 version)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Let's face it, hooded towels are down right ADORABLE.
No disputes there. But they tend to fall into one of two categories. 

They're either...
A. scratchy, thin and affordable
B. soft, fluffy, and 4x the cost of a regular towel

It's one of those things that I just don't understand. Even if I didn't know how to sew, why on earth 
would I spend $30 for half a towel that looks like a puppy dog when I could buy a whole towel for $5? 
Maybe I'm missing the point. (or I could just be really cheap frugal.)

Which brings me to today's tutorial. If you are like me and don't "get it" either, I'd like to show you how to make 2 hooded towels using only a beach towel and a hand towel. Now I know beach towels are usually more expensive, but keep a look out for deals. I got mine for $6 at K-mart. Plus they come in fun patterns unlike their usually solid bathroom cousins and don't normally have those funny woven stripes on the ends either.

What you'll need:
scissors, ruler, marker, pins, sewing machine,
1 hand towel, and 1 beach towel (mine measured 30x60)

1. Cut your beach towel in half.
It's up to you if you want to unpick all the edges, but at least 2 sides need to be "raw edges".
I removed the hem the whole way around, and it took maybe an extra 2 minutes.

2. Draw a line around your rectangle 1 inch in from the raw edge.
I just used a blue Sharpie since disappearing ink pens don't work well on pile fabrics.

3. Match the 2 corners of the short (finished) end of your hand towel with your 1 inch line. 
Then cut on the line to make a triangle. 

4.Fold the towel edge to the 1 inch line, and then fold over again and pin.
You may need to trim the corners a bit before folding if your towel is extra fluffy.

5. Hem all four sides of your rectangle, and you're done!
*You could round the corners if you like, but that would kinda defeat the whole "quick and easy" idea.*

Repeat the process with the other half of your beach towel and remaining short end of the same hand towel. 
Also, be sure to save the hand towel "leftovers". I'll show you another day how to turn that scrap into a pair of washcloths to go with your new baby towels!

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  1. I definitely have to make these!! I just have to find the time to sew...

  2. Thanks for the great tutorial. Now, if any of my friend's children would have some children...:-)

  3. I love this, such a great idea. I hope you'll stop by and add this and any other posts you're proud of to my Wednesday What We Wore and Made Link party


  4. I love these towels. My son's great grandma made him one when he was born that had a dog face and ears on it!


  5. My daughter got a hooded towel when she was born, I have wanted to make one for my other kids since. I can't wait to use your tutorial. I a pinning this for sure! I would love it if you would be willing to share with us at our party going on now-Monday. Thanks


    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!:)

  6. You're not cheap, or frugal... just smart! I love that you got two out of one towel. If you're looking for another place to share your crafty projects, head on over to Etcetorize (http://etcetorize.blogspot.com). Party starts later tonight, would love to see you there~

  7. What an other great baby project from you! Thank you for the inspiration!!


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