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.

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white hooded towel for kids with pink pic-rac on front edge of the hood

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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


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. Hmmm… I wonder how I could make this for bigger people? Our indoor pool is really frisky in the winter, so going from pool into the frigid shower area could really benefit from this wrap. I’m thinking the hood is the main adjustment needing attention — simply using larger/beach sized towels would suffice for the body. Thoughts? Should one use a small bath towel the same way for the hood for larger folks (adults, pre-teens)?

  2. What a great tutorial!! I have made these for baby shower gifts for years – but I use a washcloth for the hood. Works wonderful till they are about 2 or 3 then the hood is too small. How big is the hood on this one? I have thought of making one with a hand towel to make it bigger. My 7year old LOVES her hooded towel that is now way too small for her but she wont give it up. I would love to make her a new one with a big hood.

  3. A friend of mine used to buy towels in bulk when they went on clearance and put them away. She had lots of fancy baby ribbon, so she would always have something on hand when anyone she knew got pregnant.

  4. My wonderful, sweet friend made a hooded towel very close to this design for my child’s birthday. We had him try it on to display. I could not hold back my laughter. I did not want to be tacky but I thought it looked like a KKK robe since it was white with the point at the top. Not that the KKK is funny or anything. Just saying. BTW – I thanked her repeatedly and apologized for my outburst. We used the towel until it no longer fit and was worn silly. This is a wonderful idea for a gift and so simple to make.

  5. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have made so many!! It took me a while to figure out the first one but I have whipped out so many very fast after that first one! So cute and SO EASY!! Thanks again!

  6. I make these too but I line the hood with a bright fabric and put a half-moon hem across the crown instead of the fold. I just like rounded hood better. These are awesome gifts for all those little nieces and nephews!

  7. This is fantastic. I love the pics, the descriptions, and instructions. I made this in a snap! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  8. This is so adorable and is a great idea for a gift! I love your other projects as well!

  9. I made three of these this weekend. Your directions were clear and easy to follow! Thanks for the super tutorial.

  10. Thank you for the tutorial! I just made one for my daughter and my husband was surprised that it did not take me too long to do it! Thank You again!!!

  11. I just made one of these for my neice and now that I’m done I wish I would have gotten more towels to make one for my son and nephew too!!
    Great tutorial and I love the added pleat and hood ‘gusset’.

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