Do you need a cute way to distinguish your kid’s towels apart? Or a fun present for your niece or nephew? Perhaps you are going on a fun family vacation or planning a staycation and want your own kids to have a fun new towel to use for the beach or pool. This Kid’s Hooded Towel Tutorial will have you making all the kids in your life their new favorite towel! With this simple tutorial and a couple of towels, you are well on your way to making towel dreams come true!
This tutorial is pretty straightforward and easy to follow. I’ve even included a helpful diagram to help you visualize some of the steps. If you always wanted to get one of these hooded towels for your kids, but did’t want to pay the price, this tutorial is just for you. Let’s check out what you need.
What You’ll Need for the Hooded Towel:
- Hand Towel (not smaller than a washcloth)
- Bath Towel
- Hem gauge
- Iron/ironing board
- Sewing machine
- Ribbon or Trim
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Sewing Pins or clips
How To Make a Kid’s Hooded Towel
To start on the kid’s hooded towel, you will want to wash and dry both towels. I always begin with this step. This will help prep your towels for sewing and keep them from shrinking and messing up your stitches later. Once you have done that and the towels are ready, fold one long side of the hand towel down about 4”-5”. Pin or clip along the edges to hold in place.
Take your hem gauge and make sure that the fold is between 4″ – 5″ down the length of the long side of the hand towel.
Now on to the sewing part of this tutorial. Stitch just beside the finished edge of the hand towel. Use the finished edge to keep the stitch as straight as possible.
If desired, stitch again on top of the finished edge to hold down the “flap” that’s created if you don’t secure it down. This will be like a double stitch along this edge. I do this so I don’t get the “flap” and to make the edge more durable.
If you want, you can add some ribbon or trim (totally optional) to your towel to add some flair. Just flip the hand towel over and place the ribbon where you’d like it to go and pin it a few times to hold it in place.
The next step in this kid’s hooded towel tutorial is to stitch directly on top of your trim (or on each side of the ribbon should you choose to use it). This adds a nice decorative touch.
Once you’re done with that, flip the hand towel back to the non-trim side. Fold your hand towel so that one short side touches the other short side (the ribbon should be on the inside at this point). Clip a few times on the edge of the towel opposite of the folded edge you created earlier.
If you wish to have a rounded corner on top of your kiddo’s head instead of an “elf point”, simply trace a bowl around the top corner (pencil should mark just fine on the towel and will come out in the wash). This will help your kid’s hooded towel to sit closer to the hair all the way around.
Stitch just beside the finished towel edge. Don’t forget to reinforce your stitches by backstitching at the beginning and end of your stitches. You don’t want your stitches coming undone.
If you did the rounded corner, be sure to follow the mark you made, then trim the corner off (just don’t trim your stitches!). That would be a real bummer.
And with that, the hood to your kid’s hooded towel is complete. You are about halfway through this tutorial! Turn and re-fold the hand towel where the seam you just made is in the center. Fold the top down into the triangle shape.
For the next step, find the middle of the bath towel (HINT – if you fold your bath towel so that the short side touches the short side, you can insert a pin on the edge where the fold is…this is the middle!).
You might be a little confused, so this diagram should help you to see how to align your hood on the bath towel. It’s really quite simple once you can visualize it.
Lay the hood on top of the bath towel, overlapping by about 1”. Pin the hood onto the bath towel.
Stitch along the bottom edge of the hood finished seams (bottom of the hood) with ¼” seam allowance on the LEFT edge of the seams (the hood should be to the right of your needle).
Flip towel over and pin the bath towel flap to the hood. Stitch along the edge to secure this flap down onto the hood. Backstitch several times on each end to reinforce the seam.
Your hooded towel is complete! These make great gifts! You can even personalize the towels for each child. The towels can also be tailored as beach or pool towels. You can be that this will quickly become one of the only towels they use!
Every kid in your life will be begging you to make them one! And because you found this how to make a kid’s hooded towel tutorial, you’ll be able to do it no problem! You can make some to give away as gifts or just make a few different sets for your own kids.
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- Wash and dry both towels.
- Fold one long side of the hand towel down about 4"-5".
- Pin or clip along edges.
- Stitch just beside the finished edge of the hand towel.
- If desired, stitch again on top of the finished edge to hold down the "flap".
- If you wish to add ribbon or trip (Optional), flip the hand towel over, place the ribbon and pin in place in the place you want.
- Stitch directly on top of your trim.
- Flip the hand towel back to the non-trim side. Fold your hand towel so that one short side touches the other short side.
- Clip a few times on the edge of the towel opposite of the folded edge.
- For rounded top on hood, simply trace a bowl around the top corner.
- Stitch just beside the finished towel edge.
- Backstitch (optional)
- Turn and re-fold the hand towel where the seam you just made is in the center.
- Fold the top down into the triangle shape.
- Find the middle of the bath towel
- Lay the hood on top of the bath towel, overlapping by about 1".
- Pin the hood onto the bath towel.
- Stitch the bottom edge of the hood finished seams with 1/4" seam allowance on the LEFT edge of the seams.
- Flip the towel over and pin the bath towel flap to the hood.
- Stitch along the edge to reinforce the seam.
- Enjoy your hooded towel!
When stitching, be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end to ensure stitching will not unravel.
Choose a matching or coordinating towels and ribbon.
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