Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Hood

I love hooded towels. I only discovered how to make them a few years ago. I think there are tons of tutorials out there, but I am still adding my own. This one is actually a little different anyhow. I cut the hand towel into three equal pieces and used one. It seemed to work fine, but the remaining two pieces seemed a little small to me. And that is how we got, drum roll please, the new version--the green towel:

Normally, I add ribbon to the hood like the purple towel, above, or leave it alone like the hot pink towel. This time, I added fabric to the edge and made the hood a little larger while making it pretty at the same time.

You will need one hand towel cut into thirds the short way and one bath towel in the same color. Typically, I buy all of the towels at the same time so that the colors match. (I like matching!)

Fold the hand towel piece in half with the finished edges of the towel across the bottom.

Cut one of the top corners (it's actually two pieces) off in a rounded fashion.

Sew along this edge making sure you back stitch at the beginning and ending points.

This will be your hood.

Cut a strip of fabric as long as the front of the hood (mine was about 18 inches) and about 5 inches wide.

Sew it to the front of the hood. The wrong side of the fabric should be facing the right side of the hood (or the outside of the hood). I use a pretty narrow seam because the towel is so thick it kind of pushes it there--maybe 1/4 inch. Let the edge of the fabric hang off the edge of the towel about 1/4 - 1/2 inch.

Iron the edge of the fabric that is not sewn so that it is folded to the inside about 1/2 inch.

Fold fabric towards the inside so the ironed edge is along the stitching line on the inside of the hood. The seam should be tucked inside all of this. Pin it in place evenly. I pin it pretty well.

Flip the whole thing over. You are going to top stitch along the top so the part that is seen will look straight and neat. It will catch the underside as you sew. Do not take out the pins until you are about to sew over them. This will help keep the bottom side right where you want it until it is sewn down. This picture shows the outside. I forgot to take a picture of the inside, but it looks similar.

Tuck the little edges into the fabric "tube" you just made. I zig zagged mine down just to keep it all securely tucked away.

Your hood is done! Now we have to attach it to the bath towel. I like to make a pleat in the back, but it is completely optional. It makes a good way to hang the towel and keeps it higher from the floor than hanging it by the hood. This is what the pleat will look like on the outside (hanging from the hood and dragging the floor-eeek!):

To make a pleat, mark the center of the towel. I just fold it in half (along the length) and put a pin in to mark the center.

Bring about an inch of fabric from the left over to the center where it is pinned. Lay the fold flat by smoothing the rest back towards the left and pin it in place. Do this on the right side as well. Pin well--the towel is so thick that the pleat has a tendency to move around as you sew.

Baste (sew using a long stitch) the pleat in place along the top edge of the towel. It is far easier to sew the hood to the towel if the pleat is already sewn down. The picture on the right is the same as the left. I just added a little "help" to the right one to help you see this better.

You're almost done--you just need to attach the hood to the towel. Place the center of the hood on the center of the towel. You want the outside of the hood (right side) to face the outside of the pleat (right side) of the towel. Pin in place.

Sew the edges together. Start at the edge of the hood and sew down to the end of the edge on the other side of your hood. If it was on your body, you are basically sewing from one shoulder behind your head and along your neck to the other shoulder. It was too lumped together to get a good picture so I am hoping this makes sense.

You are done and it should look something like this:

Not sure if you noticed, but I haven't finished a project for the last two weeks. YIKES! This gives me one for this week and I have one for next week almost done--whew!


Two Shades of Pink,  said... February 7, 2010 at 12:08 AM  

A woman from my church does this and I am astounded at the simplicity of such a great project. I love the fabric you chose on the green one. It is my fave and I hope you have one in your Etsy shop that I am anxiously waiting for. Oh, and how weird is it that i am always first to post a comment and seem to be on here when you are. I promise I am not a "she wears flowers" stalker.

Brittany,  said... February 7, 2010 at 1:24 AM  

Great tutorial, Tammy! I've been thinking about making some of these out of a nice big towel because Alexander is just too tall for his anymore. So now I get to bookmark this and add it to my to-make pile. I'll get back to you in a year when I have it finished ;)

The Hall's,  said... February 8, 2010 at 3:47 PM  

Thank you, thank you...I cannot find hooded towels like the one Kristi made me and I really want more. Now, I just need to get that sewing machine. Someday. Don't ever delete this may be years in the making! :)

Shannon,  said... February 8, 2010 at 11:26 PM  

I would have loved this towel when I was little. I used to always put a separate towel over my head and play superhero after bathtime! Hmmmmm maybe I can make a grown up version? hee hee hee!

I love the colors you chose for the towels. I like the ribbon and the fabric edge! Good Thinkin'!

Jane,  said... February 22, 2010 at 8:26 PM  

I had a hooded towel when I was a kid that I absolutely loved. Thanks for posting this tutorial.

Tammy @ she wears flowers,  said... May 24, 2015 at 8:49 PM  

It doesn't take as much fabric as you might think to make the hood. Plus, you are adding to the size with your fabric edge. If you are worried the hood will be too small, you can always use half of a hand towel.

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