Friday, September 4, 2009

Finished for Friday - Hooded Towel for Baby Tutorial

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My mom made several of these towels when both of my daughters were born. They are so much nicer than the typical thin hooded towels you can purchase. Not only are they wonderful for bathing baby but they are great to take to the pool, lake or beach for toddlers and small children. Because these towels are so easy to make, I always give one or two to any new mom.

To make these hooded towels, you will need a bath towel and matching wash cloth. The one shown in this picture is one I bought at Wal-Mart. It is one of the thicker towels they sell.

Prewash and dry the towel and wash cloth as per manufacturer's directions. Fold the wash cloth in half, right sides together. Since this wash cloth had two sides with a wider finished edge, I choose to make those edges the front of the hood as it will be easier to stitch the seam along the narrower finished edge. I also placed the tag so it would be in the top part of the hood.

Stitch along the pinned edge. I usually let the finished edges of the cloth guide me as to how wide to stitch the seam. This one was about a quarter inch.

Here is the wash cloth after it is seamed.

Next, fold the towel in half, short edges together, and place a pin to mark the middle of the edge. Find the middle of the wash cloth opposite the seamed edge and mark with a pin. With the pins matching, pin the wash cloth to the towel, right sides together.

Sew the washcloth to the towel.

All done. How simple is that?
Here is Mrs. Beasley all wrapped up in the finished towel.

I have been spending a lot of time in the studio this week, but this is the only project I have completed. Maybe next week, I will have the quilt finished that will be sent along with the towel to my friend's new baby girl.

What have you accomplished this week? Share it with us at Lit and Laundry.



Marsha said...

I think that's an absolutley awesome towel. That said, I think I'll pass it along to my mother as my sewing machine and I never did get along well.

CC said...

Hi Bea..
I love,love,love this idea. How sweet and so very pretty. Thank you so much for the tutorial.

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is so the last shot with the doll.
I wonder if these can be made in adult sizes...looks like something I would like too. :0

Threeundertwo said...

What a great tutorial! And I love and remember Mrs. Beasley. How cute and cozy she looks.

Thanks so much for joining in!

Elise said...

Hello, you have the most fabulously wonderful site here and I had to leave this comment for you ! Your posts are beautifully written, creative and original too, and you have interesting pictures.

It's all perfect !

Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes.... 'Happy September'....

Miri said...

Great idea: really adorable!

Elise said...

Oh WOW, this is so clever - you have the most gorgeous site here and I had to stop by to leave this comment for you – and to say hello of course ! Your posts are creative and original and you have interesting pictures. It's all perfect ! Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes....

Cheryl Lage said...

What an adorable project...and no doubt far thirstier and more effective than the ones proffered in the kiddie shops!

Thanks so much for coming by my blog...adore yours!

Patty said...

Mrs. Beasley looks so happy in her hoodie towel. Great tutorial too!