Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Spiced-Up Hooded Towel!

It's my nephew's 2nd birthday party this weekend. He is BIG into tractors, and BIG into water -- so I whipped up a little tractor-theme hooded towel for him! He can use it at home after the bath, or to wrap up and get cozy in after swimming or playing in the sprinklers!

This is my favorite hooded towel, because there's no "conehead" business going on with the hood -- it fits close to the head. The hood is also not uselessly placed in the corner of the towel. They are made from REAL towels (unlike those weird nonabsorbent polyester-y baby hooded towels you can buy), AND, these towels will fit kids for a long time -- my 3-year-old and 5-year-old still love wrapping up in theirs after a bath!


(Many apologies for the washed-out photos; I promise that green is so much more vibrant in "real life!")

I used one bath towel, half of one hand towel, and 1/3 yard (you may need less) of the tractor fabric. I got my towels at Walmart for $2.50 each (silly that they cost the same!), and used my 50% off coupon at JoAnn for the fabric. SCORE!


I started by making the "binding" edge for the towels. I made three strips -- one for each edge of the bath towel and one edge for the hand towel. I carefully cut my strips so that once they were folded and pressed I would have a long row of tractors.


I removed the two shorter finished edges of the towels to reduce bulk when attaching the binding. I did the same for one edge of the hand towel.


I folded the binding over the raw edge of the towel.


I folded the ends inside to enclose all the raw edges and make them nice and neat.


I carefully pinned them in place, making sure that the bottom side of the binding matched up with the top side


Sewn!

Once I had my three edges bound, I referred to my HOODED TOWEL TUTORIAL to finish the job. (It's been so long since I made one, I actually had to take the laptop into the sewing room with me!)


Ta-Da!
All ready for me to wrap it up with a few bath toys and take it to the party!

12 comments:

Leslie said...

this is great...i love the hood....

CountryBelle said...

I love the John Deere theme. I know a couple of boys around here that would love that!

Megan said...

A perfect little boy towel! I've gotta make a little girl version for my daughter. Her lips turn blue so easily when she plays in the water outside...

Cerise said...

Very cute! My son is huge into tractors now...I bet he would love that!

Paparazzimommy_Dayna said...

I just did your dollar store cape and love it!!! I am super excited to do this one this weekend! thanks so much!

Mrs. Wright said...

What a great idea! I'm going to whip up a few of these for my little ones since they ALWAYS fight over the ONE hooded towel that we have. Thanks for saving me one less fight every night!

Paparazzimommy_Dayna said...

ok...i'm curious...nothing to do with this tutorial...but what fusible webbing are y'all using? my letter is already fraying and I just gave it to him today. I haven't even washed it yet! thanks!

casserole said...

Oh, I bet he LOVED his new hooded towel!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-make-a-fabric-trimmed-hooded-towel-as-a-quick-gift/2010/06/11/

--Anne

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

I love this! I'm always looking for something I can make all the kids/grandkids for Christmas. The little kids would love the hood and the big kids could could have an embellished towel of their latest favorite whatever. They change so much that I can't always keep up with them. Maybe their favorite color would be better lol.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Way cute and so giftable! Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

Debbie J said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! I made one for my grandson yesterday, posted pictures today and linked to your tutorial. I can't wait to make more especially with the fabric trim.

My Urban Child said...

Love it, you have a nice blog, i like your idea... thanks for the tutorial... Baby Hooded Towels is really nice gift,its very useful..