Saturday, June 15, 2013

Hooded Towel

I LOVE these towels. My friend Carolyn taught me how to make these and now I make them for every baby shower that i go to. They are great because they aren't as thin as the cheap ones that they sale for babies. You know the ones that soaked through when a drop of water hits them. They also last longer because they aren't super tiny. My 6 year old still uses his. They are great for taking the pool or beach as well. These will be great to make for your own kids, nieces, nephews or baby shower gifts.
So here is a quick tutorial on how to make these awesome towels.
Materials Needed:
2 big bath towels. (you can do bath sheets or just the large towel)
1 Hand towel (one hand towel will make 2 towels)
basic sewing kit
sewing machine
walking foot (this is optional but will make sewing through the layers way easier)

Steps 1 through 10 all involve the hand towel
1.) Cut the hand towel in half the short way.
2.) Serge or zig zag the raw edge (the edge you cut) to help prevent fraying.

3.) Fold the hand towel in half so that your surged edges are touching each other

4.) Then in half again. Placing a pin to keep your place. (we are finding the center)

5.) Then match the pin up with the center fold

6.) Push it back to the pin so that you have two folds (flaps) on either side of the pin.

7.) Then stitch across the raw edge with all you folds. using a 1/2" seam allowance

8.) Turn right sides out.
9.) Fold the top "brim" under an inch and sew in place. (At this step you can add lace, flowers, ric rack. Whatever you want. You can also not fold it under but that will cause it to stick out further.)

Steps 10-11 all use the big towel
10.) Fold in half with right sides together and measure in from the middle three inches and mark. At that mark sew down in a straight line 5 ins.

11.) With the flap on the short side of your stitch lay it flat and center it so that their are even amounts on both sides of your stitch. Adding the hood to your big towel.

12.) With right sides together line up the serrged edge of you hood with the long side of your towel with the pleat in it.

 13.) Center the back of the hood (the seam you stitched) with the center of the pleat you made in the long towel. Pin in place.

14.) Sew from the hood start to to hood end with 1/2" seam allowance. MAKE SURE YOU BACK STITCH AT THE START AND STOP OF EVERY SEAM!

Its best to have the seam on your hood
open to reduce bulk.
15.) You're done!!!!

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