One full size bath towel
One hand towel (this will be cut in half, so one hand towel will make two hooded towels)
1. Cut hand towel in half and serge or zig-zag the raw edge.
2. Fold the finished edge over until it covers the textured border of the towel, about 2 inches.
3. Stitch. Use whatever seam allowance you're comfortable with. I use 3/8" a lot because it's an easy one to measure on my machine....it falls right at the edge of my presser foot.
4. Pin the ribbon along the finished edge that you folded over.
5. Stitch ribbon in place by sewing along both edges of the ribbon.
6. Fold the hand towel in half, inside out (ribbon to the inside), matching finished edges.
7. Stitch along serged (zig-zagged) edge, starting from open, finished side and stopping about 2/3 of the way to the folded edge.
8. Open the hole along the edge you just stitched and flatten perpendicular to the seam.
10. Turn right side out, and there's the hood!
11. Find the center of the large bath towel, mark with a pin. Make two wide, flat pleats, each about 2 inches wide and 2.5 inches from the center. (I never measure these, just "guesstimate")See pics.
12. Pin the hood to the bath towel along the finished edges of the hood, right sides together, matching the center seam of the hood to the center of the bath towel. (It will be finished edges that are being stitched together.) Stitch, making sure to go slowly over the pleats (they will be bulky). I like to stitch this seam twice, just to give it some extra strength.
(View of inside of hooded towel after hood is stitched to bath towel)
13. If desired, zig-zag over your stitched seams on the inside (where the hood and towel were attached) to flatten them. Be careful not to zig-zag over your ribbon trim because it would show on the other side!
14. And now your hooded towel is finished!
I always like to fold them up nicely and tie with the same ribbon I used for the trim.....