I love hooded towels for babies, and it just so happened that I had this large piece of french cotton terry cloth in my fabric stash, and I thought "really now Laura, this piece of fabric is older than your second born daughter...will you do something with it already!". Originally it was to be the middle layer of some homemade cloth diapers I had planned to make. After the second was all sewed up, I decided my time was much too valuable and bought some instead. So here I am, 9 years later, deciding that this french terry needs to become a hooded towel for my fourth born. There was enough fabric for two towels, so on the second I skipped the hood and bound the edges with a wider binding. I used quilting cotton for the binding and hood (a double layer). These are even large enough for my 3 year old, but for older children you could use a larger square or rectangle of fabric. Finished measurements of both are 32"x32".
Bound Edge Hooded Baby/Toddler Towel
- thick cotton terry cloth measuring 32"x32" (I used french terry in the pictures, but use what you like)
- 1/3 yard of 42" wide solid quilting cotton for the binding or you can use 4 yards of 1" wide packaged quilt binding if you do not want to make it yourself
-a 12" square of a solid quilting cotton for underside of hood, cut diagonally to make two triangles..only one is needed
-a 12" square of a coordinating quilting cotton print for right side of hood, cut diagonally to make two triangles...only one is needed (note: if the print runs one way only, like mine in the photo, make sure to cut the 12" square on a diagonal and then across to make the triangles so the print faces the right way)
1. Make the binding. Across the width of your solid fabric, cut four 2 1/2" wide strips. Sew together at the short ends using a 1/4" seam allowance. Leave two ends open. Press seams open. With wrong side facing up, press in half lengthwise all the way down. Starting at one end, lay binding open and press bottom edge in just under a 1/2" all the way down and the top edge press under a full 1/2" all the way down. Fold in half and press middle fold again to keep in place. The bottom side should peek out just a bit.
2.Attaching the hood. With triangles wrong sides together and top facing up, lay the longest edge inside your binding and pin. Make sure the longer edge of binding is in back, shorter edge on top and leave an inch tail at both ends for trimming later. Sew binding to hood as close to edge as possible. Trim tails, making sure to follow the line of the triangle. Pin the hood to a corner of the top side of your cotton terry along the edge with the binding only.
3. Attach binding to towel. Starting in the middle of any edge, right side up with shorter edge up on binding and leaving a 5" tail or so, pin binding until you get to the corner. Sew in place, stopping just before you get to the corner. Cut thread and fold edge down next side and pin in place to next edge. You will fold the corner in at a diagonal, edges matching up at the binding on both sides. Continue sewing around and pinning until you are about 5" from where you started. Lay the binding flat, overlapping the binding. Cut the binding edges so they overlap each other a 1/2". Unfold the binding and with right sides facing sew together using a 1/2" seam allowance. Fold back together and finish attaching to towel.
Bound Edge Baby/Toddler Towel
- terry cloth, I used french terry again, measuring 32"x32"
- 1/2 yard of quilting cotton print. Cut, widthwise, into 3 1/2" long strips and sewn together and pressed into binding following Step 1 from the above pattern.
- matching thread
- iron/ironing board
You will follow Step 3 in the above pattern for attaching the binding.
If this is your first time binding and mitering corners do not beat yourself up if it doesn't look "perfect". The whole point is to jump in there and just try something new. Your baby will still be warm and dry even if your corners aren't just right and who will see it anyways, it's a bath towel after all. Happy Sewing.