Warm & Cozy Hooded Towel

with Bias Binding

Design by? Instruction by Diana Trupiano

This is a hooded towel I made for my newest Grand Niece, Mary Elizabeth. This towel is designed to completely cocoon an infant, but is large enough for even a four year old to wrap around themselves. There is no pattern for the towel. The instructions for the bias tape are below.

Supplies for small (new born to 4 years) towel:

1 yard of 60" wide Terry Velour, color of your choice

1 yard cotton print fabric (if making bias binding) 1/2 yard, if using purchased bias binding * These instructions make about 17 yards of bias tape.

4 yards of 1/2" Double Fold Bias Tape (if not making yourself)

Thread to match fabric/bias tape

Iron

Sewing machine or serger

Supplies for adult sized towel:

2 yards 60" wide Terry Velour, color of your choice

1 yard cotton print fabric (if making bias binding) 1/2 yard, if using purchased bias binding

7 yards of 1/2" Double Fold Bias Tape (if not making yourself)

Thread to match fabric/bias tape

Iron

Sewing machine or serger

Instructions:

  1. Cut terry cloth into an even square (36" for small, 60" for large).
  2. Round all corners. (I use a small saucer. Line it up with the edges of the fabric, and cut around the curve.)
  3. Lay extra terry cloth over cut piece at one corner. Cut to make a 12" deep triangle. Round to match cut piece.
  4. Lay terry cloth triangle on print fabric. Cut fabric to match terry cloth.
  5. Stitch triangles together 1/4" from edge.
  6. If using a sewing machine, zigzag all around edge of square.
  7. Apply bias tape to straight edge of triangle.
  8. Lay triangle over square, right sides together. Match raw edges, pin if needed.
  9. Stitch or serge together. If using a sewing machine, stitch a close zigzag over area just stitched to give a nicer finish to this seam.
  10. Turn to right side.
  11. Apply bias tape to remaining edges, slightly overlapping bias on hood area by about 1/2".

This is really a pretty fast project, taking only an afternoon to complete. Making your own bias tape is fun, and allows an unending variety of finishes.

Making your own Bias Tape

Supplies:

36" square of any fabric (Cotton is best for the towel, due to it's need for durability and repeated washings.)

Yard stick

Disappearing marking pen

Scissors

Sewing machine or serger (It's actually better not to serge bias tape. The seams don't lay as flat, and can cause bunching and puckering in your finished project.)

Instructions:

  1. Press fabric.

  2. Lay flat, right side up, on work surface.Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.

  3. Cut along line to make two triangle pieces.

  4. Turn over lower triangle, and lay on upper, matching top edges, and overlapping points about 1/4". This will look like a "dove tail".

  5. Stitch 1/4" from edge.

  6. Press seam flat. Do not omit this step! Seams MUST be pressed or your bias tape will not turn out right.

  7. Lay fabric flat on work surface. Starting at one long edge, mark diagonal lines 2" apart across your piece. (Lines must be diagonal to seam.)

  8. Turn fabric over. Bring one point up beyond seam and match to first line marked. (you will NOT match edges exactly.)

  9. From this point, match marked lines at raw edge and pin. There will be an extra 2" hanging over the end. Don't worry, this is SUPPOSED to be there.

  10. Stitch 1/4" from edge. Press seam well. You now have a tube.

  11. With scissors, cut along marked lines. As you cut, you will make a continuous bias strip!

  12. Fold bias strip in half, wrong sides together, and press.

  13. Open bias strip and fold outer edges to center fold. Press. (you may need to re-press the center fold.)

YOU NOW HAVE 1/2" DOUBLE FOLD BIAS TAPE!!!!!!!!!

To apply bias tape to project, open tape and lay flat. Match edge of tape to edge of project and pin if needed. Stitch in crease of tape closest to raw edge. Fold tape to wrong side. Stitch close to inside fold (no more than 1/4 away), being sure to stitch through bias on other side.

 

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