Celebrating the 4th – Hooded Towel Tutorial

Celebrating Our Independence Poolside – Hooded Towel Tutorial

IMG_0392Happy Wednesday everyone! i trust that you all had a spectacular Father’s Day celebration. Now that you’ve all survived, I’m happy to report that Summer Breakis finally here! I know so many of you parents out there are doing your own little happy dance. No more early morning drop offs, homework checks, or PTA meetings for three whole months. Can I get a Woo-hoo? Yeah! Now that we’ve gotten that out of our systems, it’s time to start preparing for our summer vacation.

IMG_0400In just a few weeks to kick off the summer break, we will be celebrating the birth of our nation. That’s right – it’s almost the 4th of July! I can already smell the sweet scent of barbecue and hear the squeals of children laughing. And I can hardly wait. I’ve stocked up on sunscreen and picked up some new swimsuits for the whole family. I have gathered a few resources for all of you to help get your Independence Day celebrations underway. My fellow crafters have been busy creating some spectacular patriotic projects. Our Good Life has created some cute Flag T-shirts using ribbon and ric rac. The Wilson World put together some really cute Tin Can Windsocks. A fun family project for your kiddos. Muffin Tin Mom whipped up some delightfully delicious Strawberry Star Cupcakes that are perfect for any celebration.

One of the biggest perks of living in Orange County is our beautiful sunny weather. Something I plan to take full advantage of this summer, with lots of time spent at the beach and poolside with family and friends. Today I’ve prepared a sewing tutorial for you. We’re going to make a cute hooded towel for your kiddos. It’s perfect for beach trips, poolside, and even bath time. You can never have too many of these. Aaliyah has six of her own and they come in handy.

Hooded Towel Tutorial

Materials:
-Large Bath Towel (Target’s RE brand is perfect)
-Hand Towel (Matching)
-1/3 yard cotton print or Cotten flannel fabric
-Iron
-Sewing Pins
-Sewing Machine
-Thread

Instructions

Begin by cutting your fabric into 3 strips 3 1/2″ wide.

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Using your iron, fold the raw edges of the length of your fabric a 1/4″ and press them flat. The steam feature helps with the process. Next, fold one end under 1/4″ and press with your iron. Then, using your towel as a guide, lay your fabric on the towel and trim the unfinished edge 1/4″ longer than the towel. And trim the excess fabric. Finally, press the last edge inward.

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The finished piece should lay perfectly along the width of your towel. Repeat these steps with the remaining pieces of fabric.

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When finished, you should have two pieces for each end of your bath towel and one that runs the length of your hand towel.

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Next, pin your prepared fabric in place using your pins. Pin one piece of fabric at each end of your bath towel about 4″ in from the edge. And pin the remaining piece of fabric running the length of your hand towel, about 1/2″ from the edge.

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Now it’s time to sew. Run a straight stitch around the edge of each piece of fabric. The stitch should be about 1/8″ from the edge. Back stitch at the beginning and the end to seal the stitch. Repeat this step on each piece of fabric.

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Next we’re going to assemble the hood. Lay your hand towel flat, fabric side down. Fold the edge with the fabric back towards you to create a decorative collar. And pin it in place. Next, fold the hand towel in half lengthwise. The fabric trim should be inside and pin it. Now run a stitch along the edge on the opposite side of the decorative trim. back stitch at both ends to seal the stitch. Turn your hood right side out and set aside.

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Now we’re going to attach the hood to the towel. We’re almost finished. Fold your towel in half lengthwise and slide a pin into the crease to mark the Midway Point of your towel.

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Next, lay your towel fabric side upon a flat surface. Now lay your hood on top of your towel. Match the seam line on the back of your hood with the pin in your towel. Pin your hood to the towel matching up the edges.

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Now, using your sewing machine, run a straight stitch along the length of the base of the hood. Backstitch at both ends to seal the stitch.

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And we’re finished! You now have your very own hooded towel for your own summer fun!

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ENJOY!

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY from the Garcias!

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