How to Make Hooded Bath Towels for Babies and Toddlers

What is more adorable than a baby all wrapped up in a towel with the hood on right after a bath? The purpose of the hood component is to help keep a newborn from losing heat from their head right after the bath. While these towels are super cute in a variety of styles and patterns, some can cost upwards to $30 or more. Some of the cheaper options available seem hardly adequate to completely dry off your baby. In this guide, I’ll explain how to make hooded bath towels for your baby or toddler.


I can remember my Home-Ec teacher making these during class when I was in high school. These are super easy to make if you have a sewing machine and know how to use one. The beauty of making your own is that you can create it however you like with any color towel to choose from.

What You’ll Need

Before you begin, you will need to have a sewing machine and some basic sewing skills in order to make them. It’s perfectly fine if you’re no seamstress.  Here are the following items you will need to make a hooded towel:

• A large bath towel
• A hand towel
• Good pair of scissors
• Sewing machine
• Thread to match the fabric of the terry cloth
• Pins (optional)

Step 1:
To begin, you will need to lay your hand towel on a flat surface horizontally. Cut the hand towel in half. You will have two pieces; only one piece is needed so save the remaining piece if you are planning to make another towel.

Step 2:
Take the side of the hand towel that has the edge on it and fold it over by about 2”. At this point you can pin the material down at the fold to keep it in place as you sew. Sew the towel along the fold, taking the pins out as you glide the terrycloth along through the presser foot.

Step 3:
Once you have the edge done, pin together the ends on the opposite site from your edge. Now you’re going to sew this edge together. This will be the hood portion of the hooded towel.

Step 4:
Fold the bath towel in half, marking the center of it where it folds using a pin, then unfold it and spread out smoothly again. Now take the hood and align the seam where you sewed the ends together, which should be inside the hood part, with the center of the bath towel and pin it.

Step 5:
Sew the hood to the bath towel along where they meet. Then, you are done.

baby bath towelFollow the above mentioned steps on how to make hooded bath towels to give your child their very own, special towel. You can use different patterns and colors of towels, use felt letters to customize it or apply fabric designs on the back part of the towel. If you’re really crafty, you can even put a nice edge on it or embroider them. These make great gifts, as well.

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