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Video:How to Sew a Hooded Baby Towel

with Sarah Cogan

Learn how to sew a baby hooded towel to create a lovely homemade towel for your newborn, or to give as a unique gift. Here are some tips on how to sew a hooded baby towel.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Sew a Hooded Baby Towel

Hi, my name is Sarah Cogan and today, we're going to be making our hooded baby blanket.

Supplies Needed to Sew a Hooded Baby Towel

The things you're going to need are:
  • some tracing paper
  • a tracing wheel
  • a seam ripper, just in case you make a mistake
  • a good pair of scissors
  • a ruler
  • some straight pins to pin your fabric

Lay Out Your Pattern to Sew a Hooded Baby Towel

So I am weighing the right side of my fabric which is this kind of quilted fuzzy side, down on the table so that I can lay out my tracing paper. I want to take the color-coded side and lay it against my fabric. I am just going to line it up with my pins end.

So now that my pattern is laid out, so I am just going along the outside edge of my fabric to show me where my cut line is going to be, and then I am going to go on my inside lines I've created which show me where the seams are in the folds in the fabric. So if you don't have tracing paper, a common pencil will do the job just fine.

So now that you have your pattern laid out on your fabric, it's time to cut it out. So now that you've cut out both of your pieces, we're ready to begin constructing our hooded baby towel. Now we're going to start this process by pinning the hand of our hood. So the inside line that you created is going to be the fold line. So you're going to start pinning it and placing your straight pins in perpendicular to your seam.

Start to Sew the Hooded Baby Towel

So now that we've finished pinning, we're ready to sew. You're going to sew off a 1/2-inch seam allowance and just a simple straight stitch looks just fine. You want to make sure that you backstitch at the beginning and the end of your seam.

So now that we've sewn our hood together, we're ready to attach it to that blanket. I am going to begin pinning the hood together using the corner as my point of reference. So now that you've pinned your towel to your hood, you're ready to start sewing. You're going to sew on your seam the one that you created which is 5/8ths from the edge of the fabric. Great.

After Attaching the Hood, Finish Sewing a Hooded Baby Towel

So now that you have your hood attached to your blanket, you're ready to put on your finishing one. So you're just going to go around the outside of your blanket, right on the stitch line that you created and fold down, pin, and once you've done that, you're ready to go to the sewing machine. You're going to sew a 1/2-inch straight stitch all the way around the blanket. Great.

So now that you've sewed all your ends, your blanket should look like this. Okay, now it's really easy to customize it. I decided to go with a little giraffe iron-on application. Before you sew on your application, there's two things you should do. One, make sure to read the instructions and two, use the iron properly. We don't want anyone to burn their hands while putting out their patches.

Well, thank you for sewing with me today. I hope you enjoyed your hooded baby towel. I look forward to seeing you next time.
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