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How to Make Hooded Bath Towels for Babies

Updated on July 27, 2017
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Hooded towels are a cute and fun way to use your sewing skills, and it’s not difficult to create DIY hooded towels for your baby or toddler. I have a few different methods that need only a few materials, and you’ll even get to choose the towel material that you want to use. Not only will you save money when compared to buying hooded towels from a store, but your creation will be entirely unique.

What You Will Need for Your DIY Hooded Towels

You don’t need to go out and buy special fabric when you learn how to make hooded bath towels for babies. I use regular towels that I already have at home, or you can purchase a new bathroom set from your favorite homeware store. Here’s everything that you’ll need to use in my design.

  • One large bath towel.
  • A smaller hand towel of the same or contrasting color.
  • A rotary cutter and cutting mat (you can use sewing scissors if you don’t have a cutter at home).
  • Bias tape or high-quality ribbon with a design of your choice.
  • A sewing machine.

Turn inside out and sew the long, rough edges together.
Turn inside out and sew the long, rough edges together. | Source
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New edge with bias tape
New edge with bias tape

Getting Started with Step-by-Step Instructions for DIY Hooded Bath Towels

  1. I start with the hand towel first. You can actually get two hoods out of a single hand towel, so you’ll want to save the other half for your next project. Begin by cutting the hand towel in half, long-ways.
  2. Take the cut edges and fold them together. I use basic sewing pins here to hold the fold. This is what will form the hood of your DIY hooded towels.
  3. Now take your larger towel, and pin the hood to the middle of one of the longer ends. The opening of the hood should face inwards toward the towel, so it will already be in a folded position. When pinning the hood to the larger towel, I create a short inward fold on the joining portion of the stitching. This will help to make everything look cleaner and more professional.
  4. Now it’s time to sew the hood to the larger towel. I don’t worry too much about aesthetics at this point. Things will look rough around the edges, but that’s what the bias tape is used for later. Choose a strong stitching pattern from your sewing machine to ensure that you get a permanent join. My recommendation would be a zigzag pattern, which should be available on all modern sewing machines.
  5. At this point, the hood and the towel will be attached, and you’ll start to see what the end result is going to look like. However, there are still a few more steps to go, and I usually sew the hood together in the next one.
  6. When I first learned how to make hooded bath towels for babies, I created one with the hood seam on the outside. When finished off with bias tape, this made an attractive short fin on the top of the hood. I know that not everybody will want this look, so if you like, you can rearrange your pins so that the seam will be on the inside of the hood. Once you chose which way to go, you can simply sew the hood seam together using the same zigzag pattern that you used to attach the hood to the towel.
  7. The basic DIY hooded towel will now be complete, and the only work left is making things presentable. The bias tape can be used around all of the edges of the towel and the hood and along the seam of the hood. Remember to cut off any excess material from the seam so that you’ll have a cleaner looking final result. You can use as much or as little bias tape as you want. In my own designs, I usually use the tape for embellishment.


You can get some great designs in plain colors or with patterns, so this step is really up to you. If you want a minimalist design then simply use the bias tape on the hood seam, around the lip (opening) of the hood, and along the two short edges of the larger towel.

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Learn How to Make Hooded Bath Towels for Babies as a Simple Home Project

As you can see from the instructions, this is a simple project that can be completed in less than an hour if you already have some experience with basic crafts and a sewing machine. What I love most about DIY hooded towels, is that there are so many variations you can make. If you want a wrap-around towel, then you can attach the hood to the longer side of the bath towel. If you want a fun towel that is more like a cape, then you could attach the hood to the shorter end of the towel.
You can choose the size of the towels you use based on the size of your child, and it’s not unusual to see parents making these for their kids who are 5 – 10 years old. You can use different designs on the bias tape to get a new look with your different projects or you could even use a different colored hood to give the towel some contrast.


With practice, I was able to create hooded towels without even thinking about it, and am now able to achieve fantastic results which are of commercial quality. If you’re looking for a small DIY business, then this could even be your very first product!

If you enjoyed learning how to make hooded bath towels for babies, leave a comment. Let me know what you liked or disliked.

And in case you need some additional help. Here is an additional video tutorial with another technique for making DIY hooded towels:

How to Make Hooded Bath Towels for Babies Video Tutorial

© 2017 Matt

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