After making Lou’s lovie, I tried making a hooded towel. Oh my, how simple it was! I did look up a tutorial for this project, because it wasn’t as simple as “piecing together,” it involved cutting things. I’m not good with cutting things without instructions. I should probably go back to Kindergarten …
So, I did look up a tutorial for the hooded bath towel and you can find it HERE. It was SO easy! There is also another tutorial, that i actually like even better for the hood of the towel, HERE. I don’t care much for the hand corners on her version, but I think making the hood might be easier, and look neater. Of course, had I used bias tape or ribbon on my edges, it would have looked neater anyway.
Here is how it turned out:
Clearly it isn’t pretty and my stitches aren’t quite straight- After talking with my very crafty sister in law tonight, there are a few things I would have done differently. I would have been sure to use the finish side of the hand towel for the top of the hood, instead of the cut side. I also would have sewn the two right sides together, instead of doing it one on top of the other (which is what was suggested on the tutorial, so I did it her way). Mind you, it looks much better in person and clearly it is functional, but in being a perfectionist, I would have liked it to look a little nicer. Also, if I had fat (2-3″) ribbon, I would have sewn that on the edge of the hood (hand towel) before attaching it to the body towel.
Again, if you know how to sew a simple stitch using your sewing machine, OR by hand, this is a super easy crafty activity and makes a wonderful gift! The VERY best part of the whole thing is I got these very nice, large thick towels on clearance at Home Goods for under $8.00! You can make two towels with one hand towel since it is cut in half, so wala- a nice baby gift under $20!