Looking for the perfect baby gift? Want bring new life to beach towels? Expecting a little one and want to match your nursery theme for the bath? Then this hooded towel is the perfect answer! Make a few matching wash cloths or mitts for the perfect shower gift or create your own binding to match your décor.
Materials to Make a Hooded Baby Towel
- 1 yard of terry cloth fabric (or upcycle a towel for this project)
- 4 ½ yards of binding or 2 packages of double fold bias tape
- Urban Threads “Shark Afloat” or bath themed embroidery design of your choice
- Water Soluble Stabilizer
- Embroidery threads
- Scissors\rotary cutter & mat
- Thread to match
- Water soluble marker
- Rounded object such as a jar lid
Cut 1, 30″ x 36″ rectangle for the towel body
Cut 1, 13″ x 13″ x 19 ½” triangle for the towel hood *
* If you’re not comfortable measuring out the pattern for the hood, make a template! Draw a 13″ square on a piece of paper and divide in half diagonally. Cut out 1 triangle and place on your material for the perfect hood dimensions!
Tips for Sewing With Terry Cloth
- Terry cloth will shrink when washed. Pretreat your material by washing in hot water and drying on hot.
- When embroidering, it’s best to use a cut away stabilizer . This will keep the design from distorting when embroidering as well as support the material during washing so that your finished design does not pucker or ripple.
- Since terry cloth is a textured material, use a topper (such as a water soluble stabilizer, vinyl, or tulle) to keep the threads from becoming lost or buried into the pile.
- To keep the design stitching properly, hoop all the layers (cut away, terry cloth, and topper) together. If you find your hoop moves on the table, place a non-slip surface (such as a rubberized shelf liner) under your hoop to stabilize it.
Sewing the Hooded Baby Towel