Hooded Towels for Kids of All Ages {Tutorial}

Hooded Towel Pattern | A free pattern that makes a great hooded towel that will fit your kids from the baby stage all the way up through the older kid stage!
A FREE Hooded Towel pattern that fits babies to big kids!  via www.wineandglue.com
When I was pregnant with Gavin, my aunt gave me one of my all time favorite baby gifts.  A hand made hooded towel.  It was AWESOME.  Soft, cozy, and warm, it fit Gavin perfectly as a newborn, and it still fits him five and a half years later!
I recently tried a different hooded towel pattern, and it didn’t even come close to fitting my five year olds head.  So I pulled out my measuring tape and the old favorite towel.
After measuring those awesome towels (she made one for Quinn too), I duplicated the pattern (which will probably send me to seamstress hell where my bobbins will jam and my tension will be off for all eternity), and I’m sharing it with you!
Welcome to your new go-to baby gift.
When I told my sister-in-law I was making these, she gasped and asked that I make some for her kids too, since the hood towels from Aunt Debbie are the only ones they ever use.
Seriously, this is the best pattern ever.

Start with:
A FREE Hooded Towel pattern that fits babies to big kids!  via www.wineandglue.com
I got my towels at Target.  They were both soft and inexpensive.  The supplies for this project cost me less than $10.  Not bad for an item that will work for your kid for five plus years.
Then cut your hand towel down to 19 inches wide.
A FREE Hooded Towel pattern that fits babies to big kids!  via www.wineandglue.com
Now cut your accent fabric to 20 inches by 6.5 inches (a quarter yard will give you enough for two towels.  And of course you could always use something like ribbon instead.
Now fold unfinished edges of the fabric under so that it measures 4.5 inches across, and pin it to the hand towel making sure to line it up perfectly to the edge.  Using an iron and pinning a little, then ironing a little, then pinning some more helps make it more accurate.
A FREE Hooded Towel pattern that fits babies to big kids!  via www.wineandglue.com
The side that is currently facing up is going to be the inside of the hood, and the edge of the accent fabric that is towards the middle of the towel will be the front of the hood, as you are going to fold the towel on to itself.  Keep that in mind when placing the fabric and considering orientation.
A FREE Hooded Towel pattern that fits babies to big kids!  via www.wineandglue.com
A FREE Hooded Towel pattern that fits babies to big kids!  via www.wineandglue.com
You are going to want to fold over the towel, so the fabric strip faces up, and then sew the towel together.  This will make it easier when attaching the hood to the large bath towel.  Yeah, totally didn’t do that with Gavin’s towel and learned the hard way that this a step not to skip
A FREE Hooded Towel pattern that fits babies to big kids!  via www.wineandglue.com
A FREE Hooded Towel pattern that fits babies to big kids!  via www.wineandglue.com
A FREE Hooded Towel pattern that fits babies to big kids!  via www.wineandglue.com
Now it’s time to sew it to the large bath towel.  Fold the large towel in half to find the middle.
A FREE Hooded Towel pattern that fits babies to big kids!  via www.wineandglue.com
Place the hood there and pin it, making sure that you don’t pin the whole thing together.  Like so you can’t open it up to sew it.
A FREE Hooded Towel pattern that fits babies to big kids!  via www.wineandglue.com
Now working with the outside of the towel and hood up, feed it through your sewing machine doing a zig zag stitch along the outer seam of the large bath towel.  It’s the perfect width for it.
A FREE Hooded Towel pattern that fits babies to big kids!  via www.wineandglue.com
And now you have a sweet little towel that will fit your baby for years to come.
Thanks Aunt Debbie for this gift!  We think of you every time we use them!
A FREE Hooded Towel pattern that fits babies to big kids!  via www.wineandglue.com
Note:  This post is getting an insane amount of spam.   Please email me at lisa (at) wineandglue (dot) com with any questions.  Thank you!!

Comments

  1. says

    What a cute and personalized gift! The last picture of both of your kiddos is so cute! I have NO idea how those little faces could ever give you problems??? :)

    • says

      Seriously, you could make some!! This is a great beginner sewing project, because worst case scenario you just rip out a couple stitches and start over. Trust me, I did it! :)

  2. says

    I like the added touch of the fabric on the hoods, would be great to make in superhero fabric for the kids.

  3. says

    Excellent tutorial, Lisa! Very thorough – I can tell you spent a long time writing this post and taking pictures! Great job! Thanks for sharing at Hookin On Hump Day!

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