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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

DIY Hooded Baby Towel

A luxurious hooded baby towel is a great gift for an expecting or new mom. It's big bang for your buck. Be sure to coordinate your towel to the nursery or family bathroom. If you're feeling extra ambitious, present the gift in one of Jaime's drawstring bags made from your accent fabric. 
DIY after the jump...
What you need:
A bath towel (approx 30"x54")
A hand towel (approx 16"x27") (not face cloth)
Accent fabric, an approximately 3.5" x 18" strip
Coordinating thread
Head pins
Sewing Machine

1. Wash and dry towels and accent fabric
2. Iron accent fabric
3. Fold, pin and iron a 1/2 inch seam allowance on both long sides of your accent fabric for a finished width of 2.5"

Tip: pinning through the outside of the fabric rather than the inside, shown incorrectly here, will ensure that you do not sew pins into your piece. Good to know.

4. Cut the edges off of your hand towel to 17" length

5. Fold the hand towel the long way and position accent fabric strip evenly 1" from the fold, pin in place through top layer of towel only

6. Unfold towel and sew trim to towel with 1/4" seam along both lengths

7. Fold towel so that accent trim is folded in half on the inside as shown and sew down left and right side at inside edge of original towel seam

8. Invert piece to look like this...

9. Invert top left point into top right point to look like this...

10. Open piece to look like this (it's the hood!)...

11. Fold Bath towel in half and place a pin at center edge.
12 Align top center edge of Bath Towel with back center seam of hood and pin an inside seam along entire back edge of hood (be sure to pin the vertical seam of hood open)

13.Sew seam

14. Now would be a really good time to make sure there are no random pins inside your hood. Last chance before we sew it up!

15. Fold inside bottom hood seam under, hiding all edges and trim inside and pin. The bulk of this seam should fall just below the back seam if the inside hood point is pushed all the way in, as it should be.
16. Sew. This is where a newer machine might get tired as the layers are quite thick here. You may need to skip over the corners and stitch these by hand later.

17. And you're done!

18. Bathe baby, tuck baby in, drink wine.

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Blogger Jaime said...

this is such a cute project, i can't wait to make one! everything looks cuter with quinn in the picture. could she be any smilier?

October 7, 2009 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Nico said...

What a cute project! And look at all the hair Quinn is getting!!

October 7, 2009 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger RachelDenbow said...

PERFECT! I didn't want to register for an ugly one from Target but didn't know where to start on making my own. Thank you!

October 7, 2009 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

where did you get that origami bird fabric??

October 7, 2009 at 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Nancy Saccoccio said...

Jacinda, save all the scraps from the origami fabric. The birds will make great appliques, ironed onto stiff stuff they will also be good for barettes.

October 7, 2009 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Jacinda said...

Jaime-my mom gave me this fabric a few years back and I haven't had the nerve to cut it, this little scrap was all I could bear to snip! This
is the only place I could find it online. $24!! I guess they consider it an antique.

Great ideas Nancy!

October 7, 2009 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

a big order of fabric arrived on my doorstep yesterday and i picked up my towels at target this morning! i'm going to make one for A BOY (i actually know one person with a son) this weekend!

October 9, 2009 at 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Quinn is beautiful,isn't she? Congrats on the acknowledgement, Jacinda!

October 15, 2009 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Thanks for this awesome tutorial. I made my 1-year-old a big girl towel back when you posted this and tonight I used the hood part tutorial to make her a hooded bathrobe. Love the blog and thanks again!

January 3, 2010 at 7:34 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

Thank you for such a great tutorial, I love how the hoodie is so pointy!

January 19, 2010 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

thanks for this great how-to. I made 4 yesterday for my son Hendrix!

Pictures here if you're interested:

February 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Quick question...I'd like to make one for my 3 year old son as he has outgrown the one my mom made him. Do I just use a bigger towel? Would it be that simple?

March 3, 2010 at 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anna said...

I just made one for my baby due in a few months. It was easy and fun. Thanks!

March 14, 2010 at 2:01 PM  
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March 31, 2010 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Bethany Goddard said...

Okay, trying to post again without completely screwing it up! Anyway, just finished making a towel for my little one. It turned out great - thanks so much for the tutorial!

Here's my post about it with a pic:

March 31, 2010 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger KJ said...

I love step 18!!!

I posted about three hooded towels that I made. This one was by far the easiest.

I really appreciate your blog, it is a daily read and I truly appreciate the work you put into it.

July 12, 2010 at 4:25 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

This is a wonderful project! Thank you - I just made a hooded towel and it took all of two hours (including a break!). I love it!

May 22, 2011 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Tammy Ford said...

Baby Gifts are mainly those which require a bit of extra time and work done by the gift giver. You can buy a gift from a store and then add a few items in it to make it personalized or you can make a gift all by yourself. No other gift than a personalized one can make the parents of a new born baby happier. That is because a personalized gift expresses your deepest love and affection for the baby and the family.

September 23, 2011 at 2:15 AM  
Blogger Christie said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. I just made one for a friend and am so pleased with how it turned out!

October 5, 2011 at 7:48 PM  

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