It’s a sad day the day you pull your little toddler from the bathtub, slip on her favorite towel and realize the hood is clinging on for dear life half past her hairline and the corners no longer make it all the way around her belly! Outgrowing the infant towel hoodie is a bittersweet day indeed, but I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be this way. You can sew your own hooded bath towels for all the kids in your life! Read on for the full tutorial.
Materials: 1 regular sized bath towel, 1 coordinating hand towel, matching thread, sewing machine, scissors, ruler, sewing pins
We found our towels at Target in their affordable “Room Essentials” collection (bath towel: 30″ x 54″, hand towel: 16″ x 28″). Your towels don’t have to be this exact size, but I’ve included the measurements for reference.
1. We start by creating the hood. Fold your hand towel in half, matching up the short sides.
2. Measure 11.5″ down from the folded edge and cut off the bottom edges.
3. Open the hand towel and fold 1.5″ up on one long side. Use your coordinating thread to sew a straight stitch right below the finished edge along your fold.
4. Then go back and sew right on top of the finished edge. This will give the hood a professional-looking finish.
5. Fold the hand towel in half again, matching up the short sides. But this time, make sure the long finished edge you just sewed is inside. That will become the front of the hood.
6. Measuring from the hood front, mark 8″ along the top folded edge and 12″ along the bottom edge. Align a ruler on the two marks and cut diagonally. Save the piece you removed to make hand pockets later!
7. Pin your diagonal edges together. Use a zig-zag or overlock stitch to sew them together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Then turn the hood right-side out.
8. Find the top inside center of your bath towel. Pin the bottom center of the hood to the top center of your bath towel, with the hood piece overlapping the bath towel by 1/2″.
9. With the hood piece still overlapping the bath towel by 1/2″, pin the remaining bottom edges of the hood along the top edge of the towel. You will have to fold the hood a bit in order to get the straight edges to align.
10. Use your zig-zag/overlock stitch to sew the hood on with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Below you see how the zig-zig/overlock stitch right along the edge makes a lovely flat seam.
11. On the back side of the hood, you’ll notice the top edge of the bath towel has made a flap. Use a straight stitch to sew this down along the hood.
Instructions for Optional Hand Pockets
12. Cut along the fold of the discarded triangle from the hand towel. Measure down 8″ from the top and cut off the bottoms.
13. You should now have two trapezoids like below. Run a zig-zag/overlock stitch along the diagonal edge to keep it from fraying.
14. On the inside of the towel, align the pocket just inside the top corner. Pin in place.
15. Sew a zig-zag/overlock stitch along three sides, leaving the diagonal side open. Repeat with the other trapezoid on the other top corner.
That’s a wrap! But seriously, it’s going to be the most coveted bath towel in the house.
Which is why I sewed two—one for each of my kids, of course. After you understand the steps, you can easily whip one of these together in thirty minutes or less.
This size hooded towel fits most kids ages 4 – 10. But bath towels aren’t the only ones longing for the hood treatment. My kids are now begging me to sew hoods onto their beach towels too! I can’t blame them though; it is the coziest way to dry off and get warm. Long live babies of all ages in hooded towels!