How To Make a Hooded Towel

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A few weeks ago, I featured a children’s hooded towel on the Ten+ on the 10th. I promised that I would share how to make a hooded towel with you soon.

Well, today is that day! It really is super simple to make. Plus, your kids will love them.

All you need is a bath towel, a hand towel, a sewing machine, scissors, ribbon and if you wish, embellishments.

ruler, marker, towel

Step 1

Once you have gathered your supplies, find the center of your towel.

scissors, towel

Cut the towel in half.

Honestly, if I were to do this again, I would cut it at the 3/4 mark. Cutting it at the 1/2 mark is plenty big enough, however I like a hood that has a little more room.

towel, pins

Step 2

Next, fold the cut end of the towel up and pin. ( The wrong side will be folded up.)

ribbon, towel

To hide the edge, lay a ribbon across raw edge, pin, then sew it to the towel.

Sew your seams on each edge of the ribbon.

ribbon, towel

Step 3

Fold the towel, right sides together, and sew the finished ends together. (opposite of the ribbon edge)

hand towel

This is what the hood part of your towel will look like when you are done.

pin, towel

Step 4

Lay the hood part of your towel aside and grab your bath towel.

Find it’s center. I marked mine with a pin.


With right sides together, match the bottom, center of your hood to the center of your towel.

towels pinned together

Next, pin the hood to the towel.

Once you have it pinned in place, sew your hood to the bath towel.

TIP: depending on your towels, both layers can be quite thick. I usually use a heavy duty needle to keep from breaking my needle when sewing.

Once sewn, trim any loose ends or excess ribbon from the seam.

hooded towel

That’s it. This is what your hooded towel will look like when completed.

You could leave it as it is, or you could add embellishments.

Ribbon on the bottom, a cut monogram on the corner or even add a pocket using the other half of the hand towel would all be great embellishments.

That’s how to make a hooded towel. It really couldn’t be easier! Trust me, your littles will LOVE them.

Until next time…

Tammy from Patina and Paint


  1. Love this hooded towel, it is just too cute! Great instructions also…I like it when I get detailed instructions…I need them! 🙂 Love and hugs!

    1. LOL! You are too funny. I probably too much detail, but I’m like you, I need all of the details to get it right.

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