How to make a hooded towel for kids

    Posted by  ·  November 29, 2007


    I made this hooded towel for Christmas for my little girl. It is a really simple and quick project made from 1 bath towel and 1/2 of a hand towel.

    Child’s Hooded Towel Instructions

    Cut your hand towel in half


    Fold over the finished edge of the hand towel. I folded down just past the ribbing. You want to have about 10 1/2 inches in finished length. Stitch down the edge.


    I stitched a little ric -rac to the front.


    Fold hand towel in half right sides together, find the middle of the side and mark with a pin.


    Bring the folded edge into the middle. You may have to remove the pin while you adjust the towel.


    Stitch across the bottom edge making sure you catch all layers of the pleat. When finished stitching, zig zag or overcast your seam to prevent raveling. When you are finished the right side will look like this.


    Fold the bath towel in half, right sides together.


    Measure over 3-4 inches from the fold and 3-4 inches down from the top and stitch.


    Open bath towel flat and open and flatten the tuck. You can baste across the tuck if you want.


    The front of the bath towel will look like this when finished


    With right sides together, line up center of bath towel and center of hood.


    Pin hood to bath towel. You will stitch from the side edge of the hood across to the other side. Be sure to back stitch when starting and stopping to reinforce the seam. I stitched close to the edge along the inside of the towel’s finished edge. (I have not stitched in the following photo)


    The finished towel looks like this

    hooded-towel-14.jpg hooded-towel-15.jpg

    Now that it is finished I am wishing I had added another row of ric- rac or that I could find the darling pink towel with rainbow ribbing I originally purchased for this project!

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    1. Ashley
      Friday, May 21st, 2010
      Thank you so much. I'm going to a baby shower tomorrow, and was able to make one during my kids' nap today. I am amazed at how fast and easy it was to make something look this good! Actually, I got half way through a second one (for my older son), but my mom called and woke the boys. Oh, well. I'm sure I can finish it easily during another nap.
    2. Mary
      Thursday, August 12th, 2010
      I'm with Denise. I had made many of these from the Home show. I got super busy and hadn't made any in a while, when I went to make one for a baby gift...I couldn't remember how. Had to practically tear one apart. Now I have printed directions!!! Just put it in with my craft items. Thank you!
    3. Carla
      Monday, October 4th, 2010
      Could you iron on an applique to the towel or would it have to be sewn on?
    4. Jill
      Saturday, January 15th, 2011
      Great tutorial. Thanks.
    5. leah
      Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
      Thanks so much for an awesome towel pattern!! I've made several and they are SOOO nice. Great for my 4 mo old and my almost 4 yo - and will last for years to come! Love that it is a full size towel with a hood!! Agree with other posters - doesn't take very much time - maybe 30 min from start to finish. Thank you ! ! !
    6. Marisa
      Friday, June 24th, 2011
      LOVE this tutorial! The pleat makes it so unique! I've made two for my daughter and they fit her head perfect. Thanks for sharing your talents!
    7. Debbie
      Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
      Love this, now I have a question. My granddaughters have had this towel that they have each used and passed down to the next that is a hooded towel with a front and back that is dressed to look like a duck. Duck bill on the hood and feet attached to the bottom. I'm thinking if we used two towels and attached them in the other direction making arms I may be able to recreate a larger duck for them. You first lol. what do you think/
    8. Saturday, September 24th, 2011
      Sasha, you must have been there right before I got there. I started fall of ’99. Saber was gone by that time. SFAI was a crazy party school back then. So much fun
    9. Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
      thank you for the info, I was looking for details on it here since last weekend !
    10. robin
      Monday, February 6th, 2012
      Would the instructions be similar for an adult sized hooded towel? I know my boyfriend has always wanted one but they're so hard to find!!
    11. Sue
      Sunday, June 24th, 2012
      I am not sure you need the dart gathering on the big towel, does it get too bulky?
    12. Lori Ann
      Monday, April 7th, 2014
      I received one of these as a shower gift for my 5th child. I had made them for many years, but after having 10 children I somehow didn't have the time. Now that my youngest is 6 I wanted to make a few for gifts. I lost the instructions and couldn't quite remember how to do the hood. After searching the internet for a while, I found this post. Thank you so much for the refresher. This towel has a cleaner finished look than most of the other tutorials online.