So Fun & Cozy For Kiddos! Easy-To-Make Hooded Towels

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 :).

Embellished: Such a nice touch, this shows how to make things a little nicer with a strip of fabric and ric-rac trim.

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.
With Pretty Appliques: Step-by-step instructions are just for making the robe itself, but look how lovely it can be with appliques added.

Sweet Eyelashes: How cute is this! Iron-on patches are used for the embellishment (eyelashes, alpha letters, whatever you like).
For Ages 4 – 10: This design is intended to last for years as your child grows. Features inside hand pockets for wrap-around warmth.

Monster: Fun for toddlers, you’ll need an old sheet (or fabric of choice), fleece (for eyes & back spikes), flannel (for eyes and teeth).
Hamptons: A luxurious version, uses one bath sheet or plain terry cloth, piping and a yard of cotton material. Includes a template to download.

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.
Bunny & Other Characters: So gosh darn cute! There’s more than just the bunny, you’ll find other characters on this page (hippo, minion, tiger, princess, puppy & more).

Simple Design: Instructions for this are via pdf (just a one page tutorial).
Matching Set: Project includes making two 9-inch washcloths, suitable to give as a lovely baby shower gift. Relatively quick & simple to sew.

Repurposed: Adds contrast fabric and easy-to-make straight grain binding for an extra nice touch and no exposed seams.
Pretty Stripes: Adds a strip of pretty fabric for contrast, these can be made large enough to last little ones a long time.

Stay Put: Great for pool days! This design won’t slip or slide off, it stays right where you want it. Example shows a cute little “Elsa” crown across the front.

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.

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    • Catherine

    How do you make a unicorn hood towel?
    The unicorn part is really tricky.
    Thank you for your suggestion

    • Tammy

    Maybe you can sew two loops (kind of like handles) inside for them to slip their arms (or wrists) through.

    • Kay Reader

    I am looking for a pattern or suggestion for a towel wrap that has arms so that the boys can hold on to the railing when they go from the shower room to the pool. Their towels fall off and they are tripping on them. Something very simple would be great.

    • Alta

    Great job on the hooded towels. I have made hooded towels for all my grandchildren and they love it. A tip I would like to share is to use a Walking Foot on your sewing machine when making these towels. It makes sewing a lot easier. A little expensive but worth every penny.

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