Hooded Towel {tutorial and SC #8}

I'm going to admit something to you.  This little project (which took maybe 1/2 hr) has been sitting in my craft room for....are you ready.....at least 15 months.  I bought the supplies a few months before my daughter was born.  

She turned 1 a few weeks ago.  

This is why I need a "sewing challenge" for myself.  To get stuff done and start using it, instead of just collecting supplies...which I'm very good at!

My older 2 girls picked the color for the baby.  The girls all have a matching ribbon, but the other 2 towels are pink and purple.
1 hand-towel 
1 bath-towel or bath-sheet 
1 spool of thread to match 
24 inches of coordinating grosgrain ribbon 
Sewing machine 
Rotary cutter or scissors 
Ruler (a 6 by 24 inch plexi-glass ruler works the best) 


Taking the hand towel lengthwise, sew ribbon 3/8” from the edge using matching (or contrasting) thread.  I usually match to the ribbon here.  Sew down both sides of the ribbon.  I start on the side closest to the edge.  Don’t worry about backstitching to secure, as you’ll sew the ends in later.
Fold back the towel so that approximately 3/8” shows on either side of the ribbon (basically centering it), and sew along the towels outside edge (sewing about 1 1/4 inches in on the towel.  This is where I change thread to match the towel.

Fold hand towel in half width-wise and right sides together (ribbon will be inside).  Measure 11 inches from the edge perpendicular from the fold and sew beginning from edge of towel, ending at the fold.

Cut a 1/2" from the seam and fold open the seam.  Using a zig-zag stitch overcast the seam allowance.  (no backstitch)
Fold the hood into a triangle (still inside out) with the seam you’ve just sewn running lengthwise down the center of the triangle. From the top point of the triangle, measure 3 1/2 inches down and sew (straight), backstitch to secure.  

Cut the excess 1/4 inch from seam and zig-zag or serge the edge.
Flip right side out and measure approximately 11 inches from the top of the hood.  Now you  are ready to attach the hood to the towel.
Fold bath towel in half and place a pin at the center point at the top edge.  With towel tag side down, attach hood center point to towel center point (outside to outside), then pin edges together.
Sew using 3/8 inch seam allowance.
Press hood up and sewing on the inside of the towel and hood) zig-zag over seam to stitch in place.

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