Hooded Towel Tutorial
Are you needing a hooded towel to round out your summer? Whip up a few for the Labor Day parties next month. Or if you’re like me, give them as baby shower gifts. I received my first one 10years ago and thought “This thing is HUGE, but, um… thanks.” As it turns out, my gift-giving friend noted that the adorable baby towels on the market only last for the first couple of months. I can safely say that the purple towel we received is still in pretty good condition. Its gone through 3 kids and I’ve since made others for my sons. (The boys like to pretend they are Jedi’s wearing the towel around the house- of course….)
So without further yammerin’ on from the family story book, here’s the How-To on sewing a hooded towel. Its sporting a never-fray, flat-felled* seam variation. That will be cool, right?
First, fold the short ends of the hand towel in towards the center. Each fold should be about 5″ wide. When I fold in the sides, I like to hide the tag inside the fold. The main bath towel wash/care tag will be visible, and really, one is enough, right? The way the short ends are folded, laying on the towel, pictured above- that will become the “right side” of the hood.
Stitch along the top edge of the hood using about a 3/4″ or 1″ seam allowance. You want to use a wide seam allowance so that your sewing machine won’t have any trouble going through the any layers of towel. Back stitch at the beginning and end of this stitching line.
Also, while its folded, make a small notch on the cut bottom edge at the fold. This will mark the center of the hood. Turn the hood right side out. Don’t “rough it up” too much while you turn it, or you’ll have terry cloth loops all over your sewing space.
Fold the large towel in half to find the center of one of the longer sides. Mark this center with a pin.
Lay the right side of the hood on the right side of the towel. Match the center markings. Pin the hood to the towel about 1/2″ from the factory finished bath towel edge. This will act as a “graded seam” so that we can apply the flat-felled seam finish. (Boy that sounds scary- but its not. )
Stitch the hood to the towel using a 1/2” seam allowance. Back stitch at the beginning and end of the seam.
Ok, here’s the fancy flat-felled seam part. The first picture above is the seam, from the inside of the hood. Simply, fold the towel’s finished edge up, over the cut edge of the hood. Pin the finished towel edge along the inside of the hood.
Stitch from the inside of the hood along the edge of the bath towel’s finished edge. Back stitch at the beginning and end.
This type of seaming completely conceals the raw seam allowance. Cut terry cloth frays like no-body’s business, so I encourage you to try this seam finish on this project.
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