If you’re looking to give a quality, inexpensive, customized baby shower or new baby gift, or if you’re sick of using hooded baby towels that are just too small, making your own hooded baby towel is an awesome idea. Simple to make, this crafty project can be completed in a few hours by even the most novice of sewers. But don’t be surprised if people think you splurged at a high-end baby boutique for this hoodie. Handmade hooded bath towels are in vogue and can be seen hanging in boutique windows for upwards of $40, but if you make your own, you can spend as little as $10.
Things You'll Need
- Needle And Thread Or Sewing Machine
- Wash Cloth
- Fulls-Size Bath Towel
- Scissors Or Rotary Cutter And Mat
Purchase a bath towel and washcloth. If you’re purchasing towels with a pattern, be sure to purchase the complementary washcloth. You can also choose to purchase a solid towel and a striped washcloth or one with a design, or vice versa. If your style is more artsy, feel free to choose any combination of towel and washcloth that catches your eye. To save money, look for towels on clearance at department stores or at discount stores like Family Dollar.
Fold the washcloth in half, lengthwise. Be sure the finished sides (the right sides) are folded together. Mark your center using a pin. Open the cloth and just to the left or right of the center, starting at the edge, stitch a straight line up ¾ of an inch long.
Cut off the smaller of the two halves off and use a zigzag stitch to sew up the edge, sewing over the ¾ inch stitch you previously sewed. Turn the hood right side out so that the seams are on the outside of the fabric. The seam you have sewn will be located on the top of the baby’s head. Flatten your washcloth hood out, seam up, so that it looks like a triangle. The seam should run down the center of the triangle.
Locate the center of the long edge of the bath towel. Lay the straight edge of the hood (still folded like a triangle, seam up), against the straight edge of the long side of the bath towel. Be sure it is centered. Pin the washcloth to the towel and sew them together. Remove the pin.
Consider the baby's room decor, bathroom style or parents favorite colors when choosing your towels. Consider having the finished towel monogrammed or embroidered with the baby’s name at your local embroidery store.
Be sure to purchase a washcloth and not a facecloth. The washcloth is rectangular in shape and larger in size.
Michelle LaRowe is the 2004 International Nanny Association Nanny of the Year and the author of "Nanny to the Rescue!", "Working Mom's 411" and a "Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists." LaRowe graduated from Bridgewater State College with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and holds a Certificate in Pastoral Studies from Global University.