Easy DIY Hooded Towel

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!

Easy DIY Hooded Towel

Beach towel
Two washcloths
Fabric scissors/rotary cutter
Rounded edge
thread/pins/needle

Easy DIY Hooded Towel

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.

Easy DIY Hooded Towel

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.

Easy DIY Hooded Towel

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.

Easy DIY Hooded Towel

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.

Easy DIY Hooded Towel

So easy! I think I’m going to make a few of these for Annie, and even one for James.

Easy DIY Hooded Towel

Annie loves it, she calls it her “costume towel.”

Easy DIY Hooded Towel

Annie said, “Look at my wings, Mom! They’re beautiful!”

Easy DIY Hooded Towel

Here she’s saying, “It’s so warm and fluffy!”

Easy DIY Hooded Towel

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!