Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hooded towels for toddlers

My daughter just turned two and her baby towels just aren't cutting it anymore.  
I figured the toddler size towels wouldn't be hard to make, but I just never got around to it.  At a consignment sale, I found a ladybug towel for $5 and knew it would be perfect for my daughter, especially since she loves ladybugs and this is a towel for "big kids".  
Turns out it was a great template too!  I made this...

using this!

I taped two pieces of paper together and traced around the head.  
I ended up with two templates; one for the front of the hood and one for the back.


I don't know how to make a pdf, but hopefully you can make your own template based on the measurements.  The hood is 9" tall and 8" wide.  The front is the same as the back except for the cut out.  The distance from the top of the hood to the cut out is 5.75".  Place your templates on a folded towel and cut. 

If you are planning to embellish the hood, now is the time to do it.  I have an embroidery machine so I appliqued a face on to the hood.

After the design is done, zig zag stitch or serge the bottom edge of the front of the hood.  Towels shed like crazy (see the floor?!?!?!?) so this step can not be skipped.  After the serging is done, pin the edge up to the inside of the hood and sew it in place.

  Place this piece over the back of the hood and figure out where you want your ears (if you are adding them).  The ears will need to be on the inside of the hood during this step but will end up on the outside when you're done.  

Straight stitch along the egde and then go back and zig zag stitch or serge it 
to keep it from fraying.  Lookin' good!

Because I made a panda towel, I wanted to add a black band on the towel.  I decided to make it 6" wide, but any width will work.  I could have just used a black towel... Too late now.  Anyway, I marked 6" with chalk and cut along that line.  Then I placed that piece over the white towel and used it to guide me in cutting off the white strip.  I sewed the strip on to the remaining piece of the white towel.

The pin marks the half point of the towel.  This makes it a lot easier to line up the hood.  
I marked the middle of the hood too and after I lined them up, I pinned everything in place.

Do some more straight stitching followed by zig zagging or serging, and your towel is almost done.  I decided to do another straight stitch along the seams to keep them down.  I used black on the hood because the stitches are going through the black on the outside and I didn't want white stitches showing.  I used black for the other seam for the same reason.

Now I have a very happy little girl with two toddler towels!  I imagine more will be coming soon.

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