When my husband was in the Air Force, everyone was having babies. All the new moms requested that I make them a hooded towel as our baby gift to them. Since it's cheap and easy, I was pleased to do so.
Since he has been out, I've tried to get crafty and creative and find other gift ideas. I always end up coming back to these. I even have a few in "big kid" sizes that my son has finally outgrown and my daughter still uses. They are practical and nice to have.
This is what my gift looks like:
To make the towel, take a very cheap bath towel and a matching (or contrasting) hand towel. I like the cheap ones because they aren't too thick. Thick is great. . . for adults. I liked the thinner ones for my babes.
Start by folding your hand towel in about one third. You are making the depth of your hood. If you fold it completely in half, the hood won't be very deep and your baby will outgrow it earlier.
Sew to attach it. I've tried to mark it with very bad dotted lines!
To make your hood, fold the hand towel in half with the seam to the outside. Sew along the side that doesn't have the fold. (See my bad dotted lines)
Find the middle of your big towel. This is where the middle of the back of your hood will go. I use the pressed fancy edge of the hand towel as a guide to decide where to sew the hood on to.
You are finished! The towel looks great. . . pat yourself on the back!!!
I like to fold the towel up and fit it inside the hood to make a point. I use a diaper pin to pin the edges together. That makes the perfect pocket for the shampoo and the rubber duck.
I won't buy this kind of fluff for the edging anymore. It was hard to sew and hard to keep straight. I'll stick with the cheaper stuff.