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Tuesday, June 22

A Gift for Jake - Hooded Baby Towels

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My beautiful niece, Trisha, has just given birth to a 
sweet little baby boy!
I wanted to make a special gift for our little miracle.
Then I remembered my friend, 
Cathy (creative goddess),
 makes the cutest hooded baby towels!
She taught me how and--with her permission--
I'm sharing with you!

First, (I love this step), go shopping!
You'll need a soft towel, a washcloth,  & ribbon to match.
You can make a bow with the ribbon for a girl--
or for a boy purchase a cute patch. 
If you are going to have the name embroidered on, do it first thing.  
Here the name is horizontally centered &
 4 inches from the bottom
(Hopefully you have a sweet friend like mine 
who will do it for you--thanks Lynette!)

Next, sew the ribbon along the bottom edge 
& attach the patch.
If you're doing a bow, I would attach it last.

Fold the washcloth horizontally--right sides together--
& sew a seam close to the edges of both t
he right & left sides.

I used masking tape to demonstrate where the next seam is 
so that you can see it. Sew two diagonal lines  like so:

Fold these corners to the back of the washcloth
(the side without the ribbon & embroidery) 
& sew. Careful not to catch the other side!

Turn hood right side out & it should look something like this:

Sorry this is hard to see! Mark the horizontal center of your towel.
Make a box pleat in the center & one half box pleat on each side of the full box pleat. 
The blue pins represent the pleats going one way &
the yellow pins represent the pleats going another way. 
Each half pleat is about 2 inches.

With right sides together, attach the hood to the
pleated portion of the towel.
It gets bulky when you get near the side seams of the hood,
 so I hand sewed that firmly into place.
Tip: Sew all your seams twice to insure durability
wash after wash!

Here's the finished product . . . 

Welcome to the world Baby Jake!

These wonderful photos are courtesy of Studio Tran Photography

These darling knitted crowns are available on  Etsy


  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the towel you made, lovely!! The crown on Jake's head is precious, do you know where that came from, or have a pattern for that too?

  2. Hi Lily,
    Thanks for your question! At the bottom of this post there is a link to Studio Tran (the photographer who took these great photos). Maybe if you e-mailed them they could put you in contact with the maker of the crowns.

    Warmly, Michelle

  3. UPDATE! The crowns are available for sale on Etsy!
    Here is the link:

    Warmly, Michelle

  4. Oh my gosh, what a precious baby boy! makes me miss the days when my boys were wee little infants!! I love the hooded towel tutorial. What a great idea to make for a new mom! so sweet! i love the colors you chose!

  5. I've always loved these hooded towels. Thanks for the step by step so I can hopefully make one . . . one day. Just darling and so personal. Much cheaper than the store bought ones too. Great project.

  6. Oh my! What a precious baby! Just look at his serene expression in the first pic. Totally oblivious of the world around him. What a blessing, congrats to you and your niece.
    And a great tutorial too!

    A happy weekend to you my dear!

  7. Hi Michelle,
    Thank you so much for your lovely blog about Katie and Danny's wedding. Your pictures helped me relive the evening which went by much too quickly! Also, I so much appreciate that you enjoyed and took notice of the details which required a lot of decision making. I am so happy that you with a designer eye approved of our choices!! Bill and I are so happy you could celebrate with us!! Debbie:) Have fun and be safe in Lake Powell!


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