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Towel Wrap for your hair

Posted by  ·  September 4, 2008  ·  Last Updated: April 30, 2016

This a simple wrap for your hair that would make a nice gift packaged with some lotion and or things for the bath.

You will need 1 bath towel with at least 36 inches of space between the ribbing and 6 inches of 1/2 wide elastic.

Printable Towel Wrap Instructions

Fold the bath towel in half right sides together length ways. Measure 36″ across the bottom of the towel (opposite) from the fold.

Cut out your shape

On the long end (where back of head goes) place a 6 inch piece of elastic folded in half about 3 inches up from the bottom

Stitch around the towel 1/2 from the edge leaving the bottom open. Zig Zag or overcast your seams to prevent unraveling.

Turn right side out and your are finished.

My sweet friend Jenni will model how this works.  After your shower or bath you lean over and place your wet hair in the towel.

Then starting at your forehead you twist to the end–catching all of your hair inside

Take the end and pull it over your head and fasten in the back in the elastic loop!  How cool is that?

I found the idea for this great project at Perfect Little Stitches. I though, adjusted the measurements for my version for a slightly different fit.

Here is gift idea for a child using a towel.

Child’s Hooded Towel

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  1. wanda tassin
    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019
    very good instructions thanks.
  2. Glo
    Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
    Like how you did it with the finish bottom. But if you want to get more out of the towel you can lay the pattern the other way and with 2 towels you can get 3 hair wraps. Just have to fold up the bottom 1/2 inch and finish it off.
  3. Janet Bickel
    Friday, September 1st, 2017
    These are so nice! Maybe I'll take advantage of the next sale and buy some nice plush towels and make a couple. They'll make great gifts. Thanks.
  4. Esther
    Saturday, August 12th, 2017
    Came across a similar project but it utilized a button at the back. Then I searched and found yours. Just whipped one up with my new sewing machine and it's wonderful, no sloppy towel sliding off the side of your head. Thanks!
  5. Curry Muncher
    Friday, February 5th, 2016
  6. Betty Nelson
    Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
    I bought a new towel especially to make this pattern. Do you think I can find it??? How can you lose a towel? I made it out of an old one and it will be great for me and I will find something pretty for gifts etc. Many, many, thanks for something quick and easy!!
    • Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
      Betty, I have done that too!
  7. Amy Vandewalker
    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
    This is great! I just knocked out three of them in an hour and a half. Pattern to finish. I recommend a heavy duty needle.
  8. Tanya Watson
    Saturday, July 13th, 2013
    Thank you sew much I have been looking for an easy pattern to make one and here it is. Now I have it..YIPPPPPEEEEE
  9. Corallie
    Monday, June 3rd, 2013
    My sister bought one of the for me ~ I love it. Being a sewer I decided I would make them as gifts. I started buying microfibre clothes from Woolies. I made a small one for my niece. I have recently found packs of large microfibre cleaning clothes at Red Dot in great colours.
    PS: I rounded the end of my pattern off
  10. Friday, January 18th, 2013
    I have a couple of these I have used for years but cannot find them anywhere. Thank you for sharing the pattern so I can make some new ones! Love it!
  11. CCNew
    Monday, December 31st, 2012
    My little boy loves to help me sew. we were looking for a project he could do for his big sister for Christmas. We made one of these towel wraps for her and it was so easy! She couldn't believe her little brother had made it!

    It worked out so well that we just had to make another one!

    We are making several of these now to keep as gifts for friends/family.

    THANKS so much for the tutorial!!
  12. maya
    Saturday, October 13th, 2012
    Thanks for the easy instruction.it will work great for me.
  13. Vivienne
    Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
    Thank you for the easy to read pattern, I make these every Xmas for my family, I have to make at least 20 and this year I lost my pattern, so thank you so much, Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year.
  14. graciela
    Sunday, December 18th, 2011
    Me encantó aunque me costó encontrarlo muchas gracias.-
  15. GILDA
    Saturday, June 25th, 2011
  16. Charlene
    Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
    Kerri -

    I made a few of these out of used flannel receiving blankets and my 3 year old daughter loves them! I'm sure your 5 year old would enjoy them, too!
  17. Kerri
    Friday, March 25th, 2011
    Would this work on a 5 year old?
  18. Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
    Oh! Great idea.
  19. Jill
    Saturday, January 15th, 2011
    I've wondered how these worked. Thanks for the instructions!
  20. Sari Asay
    Thursday, March 11th, 2010
    Love your writing style Keep em coming I look forward to more!
  21. yasemin
    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
    that's really great idea! i loved it... as soon as possible i have to make 2 for me and my mum :) thanks ..
  22. Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
    Thanks for this great tutorial! I was looking for some nice stocking stuffers and secret santa gifts. These are perfect! I'm linking to you for this tutortial.
  23. Rachelle
    Thursday, July 9th, 2009
    I just made this for my sisters birthday! Your tutorials are super easy to follow and the finished product was awesome! THANKS!
  24. Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
    My hubby is the sewing machine operator in our house and I sent him the link... he made me one today and I love it. Thank you so much for posting... With long hair, I've always wanted one of these, now I have one.

    Very cool!
  25. Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
    I've actually bought these - who would have known they could be so easy to make ......... duh moment here.

    Thanks for the easy instructions. I WILL be making some for home (so I can actually keep MINE) and one for my suitcase - that way I will ALWAYS have one when I travel.
  26. AprilAllYear
    Friday, January 9th, 2009
    LOVED this. Along with a spa-type towel wrap, I made this as a set for my 11 yr old daughter for Xmas. She has long hair and used to really struggle with wrapping towels -- either she didn't wrap it tight enough, or SO MUCH towel weighed heavily on her little neck. As I made hers, I quickly made another for my sister; they were both delighted! I sew something maybe once a year, so my skill level is probably a 2 on a scale from 1 to 10. It still turned out great. Thanks!
  27. jackie.bonette
    Saturday, September 20th, 2008
    oh...this such a cool idea! i am going to have to try this and i know of a friend or 2 that would love one also. thank you!
  28. Sunday, September 7th, 2008
    I have wanted to make one of these forever! Thanks for the directions!
  29. Friday, September 5th, 2008
    How fun, that just might work great with my long hair.
  30. Thursday, September 4th, 2008
    what a fantastic idea!!
    as always thanks for sharing and inspiring!!
  31. Thursday, September 4th, 2008
    Looks so easy to make, I've bought these & love them. My kids are always begging me to use them, I should try this. I'm not much of a sewer, but it doesn't look like it would matter for this project.
  32. Thursday, September 4th, 2008
    Thank you for this! This is just the thing I could use for my daughter's long hair! :) No matter how much I rub with the towel it's dripping everywhere..