Hooded Bath Towel
love to cozy up in this fun hooded
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
stitch-filled 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!
**One bath towel**
weight cutaway stabilizer
pen or dressmaker's pencil
**6" to 7" round flat object (for tracing --
plate, metal ring, or plastic lid)
I purchased my towels at Target.
For tips about stitching onto terrycloth, see the Fabrics 101 article
embroidering terry cloth towels.
I created the
child-sized hood for this tutorial with the
5" x 7" size of the
Peeking Sock Monkey (Boy) design.
beginning the project, decide what size
hooded bath towel you would like to make.
There are design size recommendations below
for each size.
(newborn to 18 months): 4" x 4" designs
or smallerToddler (18
months to 3 years): 4" x 4" designs
or smaller Child (3 years
to 8 years): 5" x 7" designs
It's a good idea to
press the towel before starting
to make sure it doesn't have any
folds or wrinkles. This helps
the towel remain 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
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
Then I positioned the design on the
towel. To do this, I created a paper
template of the design by printing
it at full size with embroidery
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
I positioned 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.
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. Since I'm
embroidering a dark-colored towel, I
used a dressmaker's pencil to mark
the towel, and an air-erase pen to
mark the stabilizer.
removed the template and drew lines
connecting the marks.
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
(I like to use Sulky Solvy or Sulky
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.
Attach the hoop to your machine and
load the design. Move the hoop so
the needle is directly over the
center of the lines on the towel,
and embroider the design.
When the embroidery is finished,
unhoop the towel and tear away the
topping. If there are any small
topping pieces left behind, you can
use a tweezers to remove them, or
wet your fingertips and gently brush
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.
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).
In the next step, you'll use the
dimensions below for your
measurements based on the size
hooded towel you're making.
(newborn to 18 months): 9" wide by 7
(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
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
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
Then I cut out the hood
shape along the lines, cutting
through all four layers of the
towels at once.
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
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
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 and cozy in a cuddly
embroidered hooded bath towel!
Click here for a printable version of these
Available in 3 Sizes:
5.87" x 9.41" | 4.84" x 6.89" | 3.90" x 3.90"
5.87" x 8.50" | 4.78" x 6.87" | 3.87" x 2.69"
5.86" x 8.51" | 4.77" x 6.88" | 3.87" x 2.69"
8.50" x 5.00" | 6.84" x 4.03" | 3.86" x 2.27"
8.50" x 5.09" | 6.84" x 4.10" | 3.86" x 2.31"
5.86" x 6.21" | 4.85" x 5.13" | 3.64" x 3.85"
7.03" x 5.86" | 5.84" x 4.86" | 3.86" x 3.21"
9.26" x 5.86" | 6.85" x 4.34" | 3.85" x 2.44"
9.41" x 4.58" | 6.86" x 3.34" | 3.86" x 1.88"
9.35" x 5.86" | 6.86" x 4.30" | 3.86" x 2.42"
8.51" x 5.03" | 6.87" x 4.06" | 3.86" x 2.28"
8.50" x 4.69" | 6.84" x 3.78" | 3.86" x 2.13"