Whether it’s for the beach, the pool or the bathtub, both moms & kiddos alike love hooded towels. They do a great job drying off the tykes as well as keeping their wet heads covered and their bodies cozy warm.
Depending on which design you choose, they can be made with just a few basic items (scraps of fabric, towels and thread). If your sewing skills are beginner level, this is certainly a job you can manage.
I’ve put together a nice mix of projects that are suitable for daily use at bathtime (for little babes and toddlers) or beach/pool days for the older children. They are all complete and free instructions. I’ll be adding to this list as I find more goodies with something unique to offer, enjoy :).
Backpack: So clever! This folds up into a tidy little backpack for easy toting. Features elastic around the hood so it fits snug around the head. Suitable for beginner sewers.
Sweet Eyelashes: How cute is this! Iron-on patches are used for the embellishment (eyelashes, alpha letters, whatever you like).
Monster: Fun for toddlers, you’ll need an old sheet (or fabric of choice), fleece (for eyes & back spikes), flannel (for eyes and teeth).
Spiced Up: A favorite because there’s no “conehead” business going on with the hood — it fits close to the head, it’s also not uselessly placed in the corner of the towel.
Simple Design: Instructions for this are via pdf (just a one page tutorial).
Repurposed: Adds contrast fabric and easy-to-make straight grain binding for an extra nice touch and no exposed seams.
Pretty much all of the above can be made gift-worthy by adding special little touches (you’ll spot them in the collection)…wrap with a bottle of baby shampoo and wee facecloths for a perfect shower gift.
Tip: For a little one who’s nervous about her first swimming lesson, this would be a nice way to give her a bit of comfort. Make a special towel like this just for class and it just might do the trick to help ease her nerves. Also helps make bath time more fun for those little ones that put up a fuss.