Just like last year, I have Annie signed up for a full summer of swim lessons. She started this week and I was pleasantly surprised to see that while she was definitely rusty, after three lessons she seems to be almost back to where she was at the end of last summer. Annie’s lessons are first thing in the morning, which is good for our schedule but bad for water temperature. She’s shivering and blue after every lesson, and her favorite thing to do is huddle on the pool deck and wrap herself in a towel until she’s warmed up. I thought a hooded towel would help her warm up faster. I found lots of cute ones online (like this princess hood, and shark), but I wanted something immediately and, unsurprisingly, for as little money as possible. I made this one for Annie with a beach towel and two washcloths. Total time spent on this was about 15 minutes!
Fabric scissors/rotary cutter
Start by placing your two washcloths on top of each other. Use a rounded edge to cut a curve into what will be the top back of the hood. I used a styling ruler, but you can use a cup, plate, anything round! My washcloths were 13 inches by 13 inches, which was fine for the length but made the hood a little deeper than I wanted. I ended up cutting off ALL of the existing hems, plus an extra 1.5 inches from what would become the front of the hood. FYI you definitely don’t have to cut off the hems (it’s less work to leave the existing finished edges!) – if you’re making the hood for an older child or adult, you’ll probably need the hood to be deeper.
Pin the washcloths together along what will become the top and back of the hood, then sew the two washcloths together along the top/back seam, leaving the front and bottom open.
If you cut off the finished edges of the washcloths, you’ll need to create a new hem along the front of the hood because terry cloth sheds. Pin and sew in place.
Turn the hood right-side out. Lay your beach towel down with the pattern on the bottom, then pin your hood onto the towel onto the inside/wrong side. Pin and sew in place. I sewed the hood on twice to make it extra-secure.
So easy! I think I’m going to make a few of these for Annie, and even one for James.
Annie loves it, she calls it her “costume towel.”
Annie said, “Look at my wings, Mom! They’re beautiful!”
Here she’s saying, “It’s so warm and fluffy!”
She was so excited about using it at the pool, she even told her instructor when we arrived, “I have a new special towel!”
Any questions, let me know. Have fun!