by Anya Dunham, PhD
Sew an apron-style hooded baby towel using this free pattern – convenient for you and cozy for your little one!
You can buy cute hooded baby towels, but it’s almost impossible to wrap babies in these little towels right out of the bath. You have to spread the towel on a changing table or on the floor and then carry your baby to it – and a wet and cold baby can get quite unhappy!
Here is a neat solution: sew a larger, apron-like hooded towel – convenient for you and cozy for your baby. Read on for a free hooded baby towel pattern and a step-by-step tutorial.
This baby towel wraps around your neck like an apron, keeping your hands free as you bathe your baby and protecting you from splashing. As you take your baby out of the bath, you can hold him to your chest right away - and quickly cover his head and body to keep him cozy and warm.
It's a fun, quick, and easy sewing project. The best part is that you and your baby will be able to use this towel every day for a number of month (like other long-lasting DIY makes). Sew it for your own baby or as a gift!
1. Print out hooded baby towel pattern at 100% scale. (Double-check to make sure the 1’ squares measure exactly 1’ on your printed pattern.) Cut out pattern pieces on dotted lines. You should have 3 pieces labeled A, B, and C.
2. Time to cut your fabric.
3. Serge or zigzag across the short straight edges of the two tabs. Line them up with the edges of the neck opening of the main towel piece and pin in place:
4. Place the two hood pieces right sides together, with all edges lined up. Serge or straight-stitch along the long edge. Flip right side out. Top-stitch along the edge. (Or, leave the seam as is, as I did below):
5. Take the main towel piece and flip it over: the pinned-on tabs are now on the underside. Pin the hood piece onto the corner across from the tabs, lining up the raw edges, like so:
7. Now it’s time to sew everything together. Serge or zigzag around the whole perimeter of the towel, attaching the hood and the tabs as you go. If you want to add a tag, a good spot is along the top of the hood:
Be sure to carefully catch all the raw edges, especially where the hood joins the main towel piece:
Once you finished sewing around the towel, it will look like this:
8. Finally, attach your snaps to the tabs to form the neck loop:
And you are done!
As you get ready to bathe your baby, snap the towel around your neck with the hood facing forward. After bath, lift your baby onto your chest, hold him securely and place the hood on his head – snug as a bug! When baby is ready to be diapered and dressed, unsnap the neck loop and lay your baby down safely.
We have been using our towel daily from when our baby was a newborn. And we are still using it now, at 8 months old.