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Hooded Bath Towel (Applique Design)

 

Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel

A cozy hooded bath towel makes bath time more fun!

These instructions show how to stitch a design on the edge of a hand towel, then turn that into a hood to attach to a bath towel. The applique Animals on the Edge designs have straight bottoms that are the perfect fit for the straight border of a towel. That makes them excellent choices for this project.

The directions include measurements for three hood sizes: baby, toddler, and child. Read on for more details!


Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel


Supplies Needed:


**Two terrycloth hand towels (one for the outer shell of the hood and one for the inner lining of the hood)

**One bath towel

**Small piece of fabric (for applique piece - I used cotton fabric)

**
Lightweight water soluble stabilizer (for topping - I prefer Sulky Solvy or Sulky Super Solvy)

Supplies Continued: 

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive

**
Air-erase pen or dressmaker's pencil

**6" to 7" round flat object (for tracing -- plate, metal ring, or plastic lid)

 



Special Project Notes:

I embroidered a terrycloth hand towel for this project. For tips about stitching onto terrycloth, see the Fabrics 101 article all about embroidering terry cloth towels.

I purchased my towels at Target. Here's where I found the sock monkey fabric I used in my applique design, at Fabric.com:
https://www.fabric.com/buy/bx-843/moda-funky-monkey-monkey-texture-brown


Designs Used:
I created the toddler-sized hood for this tutorial with the 4" x 4" size of the Peeking Sock Monkey (Girl) (Applique) design.

Before beginning the project, decide what size hooded bath towel you would like to make. There are design size recommendations below for each size.


Baby
(newborn to 18 months): 4" x 4" designs or smaller

Toddler (18 months to 3 years): 4" x 4" designs or smaller

Child (3 years to 8 years): 5" x 7" designs or smaller


Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel


Before starting, it's a good idea to press the towel to make sure it doesn't have any folds or wrinkles. This keeps the towel flat and even when you're embroidering it.

The first step is to
embroider the design onto one of the hand towels. I laid the hand towel flat, right side facing up, with one of the long side edges to the bottom (short ends to the sides).

Since I'll be embroidering the design onto the bottom edge of the towel, I won't hoop the entire towel as I normally do. Below are the steps I took to hoop the towel.

I cut a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer a bit larger than my hoop, and sprayed the stabilizer generously with temporary adhesive (I use KK100). Then I laid the towel flat, right side facing up, and smoothed the bottom edge of the towel onto the center of the stabilizer, leaving half of the stabilizer extending past the bottom edge of the towel.


Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel


To position the design on the towel, I printed a full size paper template of the design with embroidery software. See this tutorial if you would like more information about using templates. I trimmed the template by cutting right along the bottom edge of the design, and around the side and top edges, leaving about 1" of excess around the design.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel


I placed the template on the towel by aligning the bottom edge of the template with the bottom edge of the towel. I centered the template side to side by measuring equal distances between the center point on the template and the outer edges of the towel.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 

To make sure the design covers the bottom edge of the towel just right, I moved the template directly down about 1/16" (just a tiny bit) past the edge of the towel. Doing this will allow the stitches on the bottom of the design to sew completely over the bottom edge of the towel.

I poked a hole in the center point of the template and marked the fabric with an air-erase pen. I also marked the horizontal and vertical axis points, marking the bottom vertical point directly onto the stabilizer. If you are embroidering a dark-colored towel, you can use a dressmaker's pencil to mark the towel, and an air-erase pen to mark the stabilizer.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 

I removed the template and drew lines connecting the marks.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 

When embroidering onto terrycloth or any type of "lofty" fabric, I recommend using a topping to prevent the stitches from sinking into the fabric. A water-soluble stabilizer works very well as a topping (I like to use Sulky Solvy or Sulky Super Solvy).

I laid a piece of water soluble topping over the towel, and hooped all three layers (stabilizer, towel, and topping) together, aligning the lines on the towel with the marks on my hoop. Not all of the towel will be hooped, and this is okay, as the adhesive on the stabilizer will hold the bottom edge of the towel in place.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 


Now it's time to prepare the applique piece for the design. I printed the dieline file (the "_DL" file included in the downloaded design) at full size with my embroidery software. If you don't have embroidery software, or if you can't print from it, you can embroider the dieline file onto a sheet of paper. Do this by loading the dieline file into your machine, hoop a piece of paper, and embroider the dieline directly onto the paper.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 

After you have printed or stitched the dieline, you will use this "template" to cut the fabric to the right size and shape. First, spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary spray adhesive (I use KK100). Smooth the applique fabric on top of the stabilizer.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 

Next, I sprayed the backside of the paper template with a quick shot of adhesive and smoothed it over the fabric.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 

Then I cut out the shape.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 


I attached the hoop to the machine and loaded the embroidery design (the file that begins with "Y" followed by four numbers). I moved the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the towel and embroidered the design.

The first thing to sew is another dieline. After that dieline is finished, I stopped the machine and removed the hoop, but did not unhoop the towel.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 

Then I sprayed the backside of the fabric piece with adhesive.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 

I placed the fabric piece right inside the dieline.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 

I put my hoop back on the machine and continued embroidering the design. A zigzag tack down stitched next. This binds the applique piece to the fabric for the remainder of the design. Then, all the inside elements are sewed.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 

Continuing with the design, the satin stitch border sews.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 

When the design finished, I unhooped the towel and tore away the topping. If you there any small topping pieces left behind, you can use a tweezers to remove them, or wet your fingertips and gently brush them away.

I trimmed away the excess stabilizer from the back of the design, cutting along the bottom edges as close to the stitches as possible without cutting them. I used a small sharp scissors to do this. I also cut around the side and top edges, leaving about 1/4" to 1/2" of the stabilizer behind. And I trimmed any loose, long stitches on the backside of the embroidery.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 


Now that the towel is embroidered, it's time to make the hood. I laid the embroidered hand towel (which is the outer shell of the hood) flat with the wrong side facing up. I aligned the second hand towel (the inner lining of the hood) on top, wrong sides together. Then I added a line of fabric glue along the bottom edge of the embroidery, and pressed the inner lining in place on top (the rest of the towel will be sewn together later on).



Hood Measurements
In the next step, you'll use the dimensions below for your measurements based on the size hooded towel you're making.

Baby
(newborn to 18 months): 9" wide by 7 1/2" high

Toddler (18 months to 3 years): 10 1/2" wide by 9" high

Child (3 years to 8 years): 12 1/2" wide by 10 1/2" high


Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 

To measure the size of the hood, keep the towels aligned together, and fold them lengthwise, inner lining to the inside and short ends lined up together. Position the towels with the design on top and the short ends on the bottom.

Using the baby, toddler, or child-sized measurements above, measure and mark the width starting from the upper left corner along the top edge. Then measure and mark the height, starting at the mark you just made and measuring down from that mark. Then measure and mark the height again along the outer left edge starting at the top left corner. Draw lines connecting the marks.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 

Next I aligned a 6" or 7" flat round object (like a plate, metal ring, or plastic lid) at the top right corner of the shape I just drew, and traced the shape.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 

Then I cut out the hood shape along the lines, cutting through all four layers of the towels at once.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 

Next I stitched the layers of the hood together. Keeping the two layers lined up, I turned the fabric inside out and made sure it was still aligned. I pinned in place along the back edge of the hood and sewed a 1/2" seam along the back edge only. Then to keep the fabric from fraying, I zigzag stitched along the outer edge of the seam allowance along the back edge only.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 

I turned the hood right side out again and aligned the layers along the front edge. I pinned in place and sewed a 1/4" seam along the front edge only, along both sides of the embroidery, without stitching over the design.



Free project instructions for an embroidered hooded bath towel
 

To attach the hood to the bath towel, lay the bath towel flat with the wrong side facing up. Measure and mark the center of the top edge of the bath towel. Then place the hood along the top edge of the towel, right side facing out. Line up the back seam of the hood with the center mark on the towel.

Turn the raw edges of the hood's back edge in towards the inner lining of the hood 1/2". Overlap the folded back edge of the hood about 3/4" over the top edge of the bath towel, pin in place, and zigzag stitch along the raw edges of the hood to sew the hood in place. And your hooded bath towel is complete!




 

Warm up chilly kids in a cute, cozy hooded bath towel with a fun On the Edge design!

Products used in this Project:

Peeking Unicorn (Applique) $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.88" x 6.25" | 4.85" x 5.14" | 3.68" x 3.87"

Peeking Monkey (Applique) $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.43" x 5.04" | 6.84" x 3.66" | 3.88" x 2.08"

Peeking Dog (Applique) $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.05" x 5.88" | 6.90" x 4.48" | 3.88" x 2.53"

Peeking Cat (Applique) $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

6.70" x 5.88" | 5.58" x 4.89" | 3.88" x 3.40"

Peeking Panda (Applique) $2.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.18" x 5.88" | 6.88" x 4.41" | 3.88" x 2.49"

Peeking Skunk (Applique) $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

8.52" x 4.99" | 6.88" x 4.03" | 3.90" x 2.28"

Peeking Turkey (Applique) $4.99 - $6.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

8.52" x 4.76" | 6.87" x 3.84" | 3.90" x 2.20"