This little Fox Hooded Towel is so cute! I think this towel looks like a perfectly, sneaky fox that any kid would love to wear after a bath. I think hooded towels are fabulous for kids like mine that hate to get out of the bathtub. Getting to wear a cute towel is a great incentive! 🙂
I’ve made many different types of hooded towels before, but this is the first time that I made my own design and drew my own pattern pieces, so I’m excited about this!
Are you ready to make your own?! Here is what you need to get started on the fox hooded towel tutorial!
- 1 orange bath towel
- 1 orange hand towel
- 1 white hand towel
- small pieces of white and black fabric
- small pieces of Heat n Bond and iron
- sewing machine
- thread to match (orange, white, and black)
- Fox Hooded Towel Pattern Pieces (download the pieces and then make sure the “Actual Size” button is clicked, so the pieces will print correctly)
The first thing we are going to to is to get our pattern pieces ready. So, print out the pattern pieces and cut them out. Then cut a piece of white fabric and a piece of black fabric that will fit the pattern pieces on them. The white piece of fabric should have two eyes and two inner ears. The black piece of fabric should have two eye balls and one nose. Attach Heat n Bond to the fabric using the directions that came with it. It usually involves just ironing the sticky side of the Heat n Bond to the wrong side of your fabric.
When that is finished, trace your pattern pieces (eyes, inner ears, nose, and 2 eyeballs) to the paper side of the Heat n Bond (which is now attached to your fabric).
Then cut them out. The above photo shows what you have so far.
Next, cut your orange hand towel in half width wise. Choose one of them that you will use for the hood of the towel and we will use the other for rest of the pattern pieces.
Cut out 4 ear pieces and two snout pieces.
Now we are going to start working on the hood part. Take the half of the orange hand towel you are using for the hood and cut off about 4 1/2 inches. We won’t be using the small piece for the towel, but set aside the big piece for a step coming up.
Now, do the same with the white hand towel.
Lay the cut white piece on top of the big orange piece (the one you just cut 4 1/2 inches off of) with the raw sides lined up.
Sew along the raw edge.
And now this is what your towel should look like.
Now fold the white piece under 2 1/2 inches (This should cover up the raw edge that you just sewed) and sew along that edge.
Now the towel looks like this.
Next we’ll work on the snout part. Lay your two pieces wrong side together. and then sew around the bottom part of the snout, leaving the top, straight edge open.
Snip off the point of the snout (being careful not to snip through what you just stitched). Turn it right side out and it looks like this.
Now grab your nose piece that you cut out earlier. Peel off the paper backing, lay it on your snout piece and then iron it, so the Heat n Bond will make it stick.
Now, we’ll sew around the nose with a really tight zig zag stitch or a satin stitch in black thread.
Now decide where you want the snout to be on the hood part of your towel and zig zag or satin stitch the top of the snout to the towel.
Then peel off the paper backing of your eye and eyeball pattern pieces and lay them on the towel where you want them and iron them down to make them stick.
Then, go around both of the eyeballs with a tight zig zag or satin stitch with black thread.
And then do the same with both eyes with white thread.
Next up, the ears. Peel off the paper backing of the inner ear pieces and iron them down onto the outer ear pieces.
Zig zag or satin stitch around the inner ear pieces with white thread.
Then place the two pieces with the white inner ear on top of the ear pieces without the white inner ear, right sides together.
Sew around the tops of the ears and leave the bottom straight edge open. Snip off the top point of the ears (be careful not to snip through your stitch). Turn right side out and they should look like the picture above.
Decide where you want your ears to be on your hood part.
And cut two slits (where you want the ears to go) slightly smaller than the width of the ear. Insert the ears into the slits. You’ll have to fold them slightly to fit. This just makes the ear look a little more realistic.
Now working on the back of the hood, zig zag or satin stitch the ears to the hood. Make sure you catch all parts of the towel and the ears so there are no holes. Sometimes I have to stitch over it a couple of times to make sure it is attached securely.
Then turn the towel over. Doesn’t he look cute so far?!
Now fold your hood in half like the picture above and sew along dashed line like the bottom picture shows.
The open up your towel so it looks like this and sew along where the dashed line shows.
Then trim the point off the top. This makes the hood part look less pointed when it is all finished.
While you are working on the back of the hood, you can also trim off any parts of the ears that seem to be sticking through the towel too far.
Now turn the hood of the towel right side out. Find the center of the hood and line it up with the center of the big bath towel and pin into place.
Continue pinning the hood to the towel. Make a little pleat in the bath towel about 5 inches from the edge of the hood, like this.
And here is another picture of the little pleat. Do this to both sides.
Here is the hood all pinned to the bath towel. Now sew along that pinned edge and you are all finished!
Isn’t this towel the cutest thing you ever saw?!
I just love this sneaky little fox!
Make one for your kids, nieces, nephews, grand kids, neighbors…they will love them!
Have a fabulous day!