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lined towel & washcloth

February 28, 2011

Our friends are expecting a baby boy in just a few short weeks, and we were invited to celebrate with them!  In honor of the occasion, I decided to make a few hooded baby towels & washcloths.

There are quite a few tutorials on this already online, but I sort of did my own thing (because I am not very good at following directions).  I was inspired by these two tutorials, in case you’re looking for other ways to do this.

For one towel & a few washcloths, you’ll need:

  • 1 yard of 44″ width terry cloth
  • 1 yard of 44″ width cute fabric of your choosing (I went with flannel because it seemed warm & cozy, but I think cotton or knit fabrics could probably work just as well).  Or, if you want your hood to be a different pattern, you’ll need a 1/2 yard of a coordinating fabric.
  • Thread
  • And of course: measuring tape, scissors, sewing machine, iron

To make the hooded towel:

  1. Cut two squares from both your terrycloth & liner fabric — one square 33″ on each side, the other square 10.5″ on each side.
  2. Line up the two 10.5″ squares with the good sides together.  Draw a line across one diagonal.  Pin.
  3. If you’re making only one towel, sew over your drawn line & then cut ~1/4″ away from your sewn line.  If you’re making two towels, you could actually sew 1/4″ on either side of the line & cut down your drawn line — this way you can use each half of your 10.5″ square for each towel.
  4. Flip your triangle inside out & iron.
  5. Using 1/4″ – 1/2″ seam allowance, sew across the diagonal.
  6. Line up your large 33″ squares, good sides together.  Insert your sewn triangle (the hood!) in one corner, with the terrycloth side facing the large terrycloth square, and the lining side of the triangle facing the large square of lining.
  7. Pin & sew around the edge of the towel + lining.  Use 1/4″ seam allowance, and make sure to leave a small gap in one side of the towel.
  8. Turn the towel right-side out & iron flat.
  9. Using a 1/4″-1/2″ seam allowance, sew around the perimeter of your towel.
  10. Admire your handiwork! 🙂  (And hope that the recipient shares your homemade = love philosophy…)  I used the towel to wrap some baby bath goods & tied the whole package with a big satin ribbon – it was super-cute, if I do say so myself.

To make the washcloth:

  1. Cut an 8″ square from your terrycloth & liner fabrics.
  2. Line them up, good sides facing each other, & pin around the edge.
  3. Using 1/4″ seam allowance, sew around the edge.  Make sure to leave a gap in one side so that you can turn the washcloth right-side-out!
  4. Turn washcloth right-sideout & iron.
  5. Sew around the edge of the washcloth – I sewed one line very close to the edge & then another about 1/2″ in.

  6. Admire your handiwork!  Ask your husband to admire your handiwork & pretend that his grunt means “You are the best sew-er ever!

You’ll have to let me know whether any of you attempt these & how it goes… they’re super-easy to put together & depending on the fabric you choose, they can be a bit fluffier & thicker than a lot of the hooded towels I’ve seen.

Anyone else been crafting-for-baby lately?  I’ve got a super-long list of things I want to make before Rico arrives…

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Debbie permalink
    February 28, 2011 1:35 pm

    How adorable! Rico will have some very special gifts made with love by his/her Mama. This idea is a really good one especially using them to wrap other gifts!

  2. japortma permalink
    February 28, 2011 4:14 pm

    If I have a kiddie will you make one of those super cute towels for me?!

    • February 28, 2011 5:27 pm

      Absolutely. I will make your kid so much crap that you won’t even know what to do with it!!

  3. Amy permalink
    February 28, 2011 4:43 pm

    Are you taking commissions? I have three sewing projects just up your alley.

    • February 28, 2011 5:28 pm

      Sure — Peter’s birthday is coming up soon, and I have a few ideas, but email me to let me know what you’re thinking…

  4. mom permalink
    February 28, 2011 9:25 pm

    Super cute! Did you have to pre-shrink/wash the fabric?

    • February 28, 2011 10:56 pm

      oops. didn’t even think to add that – I always prewash fabric before making things with it…

  5. February 28, 2011 9:59 pm

    These are so cute! I love these fabrics!

  6. March 1, 2011 12:22 pm

    Very cute! I will have to try this out. 🙂

  7. March 1, 2011 11:51 pm

    These are darling! Handmade things are always sweeter. Great blog!


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