How to Sew an Infant Hooded Bath Towel

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    Finished Hooded Baby Beth Towel
    Finished Hooded Baby Beth Towel. Debbie Colgrove

    A hooded bath towel is a staple for infants and toddlers. You can never have too many of them, as babies and children are bathed frequently. This project makes an excellent gift or can be used with your own child or grandchild. 

    Supplies needed:

    • 1 bath towel
    • 1/2 yard of contrasting fabric (Or pre-made binding and fabric scraps for appliqué.)
    • Thread
    • Fusible Web/ for appliqué (optional)

    Pre-wash all fabric. This can be made with any sized full bath towel. As with everything made for children, think safety. Use a small stitch length, sew all appliqués and binding securely. Towels are washed frequently and need to be sturdy.

    A high-quality cotton towel is ideal, especially since they're the softest for drying young skin. If you don't have a cotton towel, any kind will work in a pinch. Be sure to check the clearance area in the linens section the next time you're shopping—since you don't need to purchase a full set of towels, you can often find a stray towel or two at reduced rates. 

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    Cut the Towel

    Towel Cutting Diagram
    Towel Cutting Diagram. Debbie Colgrove

    Cut off the top and bottom of your towel in the middle of the ribbing. Use a sharp fabric sheers or a rolling cutter as thicker towels can be difficult to cut and work with. 

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    Seam the Cut Off Ends

    Seam the towel ends together
    Seam the towel ends together. Debbie Colgrove

    Placing good sides together, sew the top and bottom pieces you cut off together at the ribbing using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. 

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    Cut Triangle

    Cut Triangle
    Cut Triangle. Debbie Colgrove

    Cut a triangle out of this piece of fabric. This will eventually be the hood of your baby towel. The nap of the towel will help hide the seam.

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    Optional Appliqué

    Optional Appliqué
    Optional Appliqué. Debbie Colgrove

    Optional: Place appliqués where desired. The appliqué can also be used to help hide the seam in the hood. If possible, use fusible web, and machine blanket stitching around the appliqué. Make sure appliqués are attached securely. 

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    Add Binding

    Add Binding
    Add Binding. Debbie Colgrove

    Add binding to the hood on the edge open to the towel. You may use pre-made bias binding, or make your own. It's a nice touch to create your own binding out of the same fabric used for appliqués. Making your own binding also gives you the perk of being ably to use any fabric you choose. Pre-made binding, while more convenient, has fewer options when it comes to color. 

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    Attach Hood

    Attach Hood
    Attach Hood. Debbie Colgrove

    Sew the hood onto the upper left corner of the towel—make sure to backstitch at the start and end of your stitching to keep your hood secure and prevent fraying in the corners.

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    Bind the Towel

    Bind the Towel
    Bind the Towel. Debbie Colgrove

    Add binding to the perimeter of the towel to complete the project. If you know you'll be in need of several baby gifts in the near future, it's a good idea to make several towels at once so you won't have to revisit the project often. 

    For a great gift, place towel in a plastic basket, add bath toys and baby soap. You can even work in a theme with color and soap varieties. Be creative and have fun!