Simple Hooded Towel Tutorial

simple hooded towel tutorial

Simple Hooded Towel Tutorial

I was looking for hooded bath towels the other day because all I have left from the baby days are tiny, threadbare ones.  Looking at the ones for bigger kids in the store I was shocked to find they run from $15 to$25.. for a towel???  I am a novice with the sewing machine still, self-taught but I can sew straight lines and a few more fancy things than that.  Even with that, I was able to whip up this cute hooded towel in less than 20 minutes. Guess what all the kids in the family are getting for Christmas this year? It is so simple to create one in any color combination, and yes even themed towels! Just use ribbon with whatever theme  or colors you want, and choose coordinated towels. How much is it to make your own you ask? Well if you have your own towels to use, already it’s free! For this project, I purchased a much larger, and more plush towel than I needed to for a little  body and still only spent $7.00 (and the hand towel you cut in half so it can be used to make 2 hooded towels).  If you pick up a smaller, thinner towel you can easily do this tutorial for under $5.00. Cute +Cheap = WIN!

If you love these Homemade Hooded Bath Towels, be sure to check out our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts series, where you’ll find other great inexpensive DIY Homemade Gifts!

Now, here is the simple hooded towel tutorial, including all suppplies:

Supplies Needed for the Simple Hooded Towel Tutorial:

bath towel

hand towel

optional- coordination ribbon


sewing machine

hooded towel supplies


Cut hand towel in half, cut an additional 3″-4″ off the cut end.  Cut ribbon to width of hand towel, place where you want it across the width and sew down to create and accent.

hooded towel sew ribbon

Fold hand towel in half, the right side with the ribbon on it facing together inside,  making sure it is smooth and sides are evenly matched. Sew cut side 1/4″ from the edge.

hooded towel sew cut

Open towel and place original end (uncut side) on center of bath towel,  pin and sew together with a 1/2″ seam. In order to make your hooded towel more durable sew across again with a 1/8″ to 1/4″ seam

hooded towel sew pinTrim all loose threads. That’s it, you’re done..easy peasy, right?  Now go make some homemade hooded towels for all the kids you know because there is nothing like saving money and making a super cute handmade gift at the same time. My little cutie loves her towel! That is her dramatic camera face! She is quite the ham.

hooded towel

Here is how your towel will look from behind.

hooded towel back

And there you have it! You have completed the simple hooded towel tutorial! Congrats! 🙂 Now be sure to check out our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts series to learn about other easy Homemade Gift Ideas!

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