This last summer when my friend was having a new baby boy, I wanted to make him something, but my mind was completely blank as to what to make. After I saw some of her nursery decor, which featured Calvin and Hobbes comics, I felt inspired and I knew what I wanted to create. Hooded towels are one of my favorite gifts to give to a new baby, so I decided a tiger hooded towel, that looked like Hobbes, would work wonderfully!
I was first inspired by this great tiger hooded towel over at Crazy Little Projects, but had to change mine a little bit to make it look more Hobbes-like. It’s definitely not a perfect likeness, but its pretty close. At least my kids knew who it was supposed to be! The parents of the new baby thought it was pretty cute too.
Hooded towels might look a little bit intimidating, but they aren’t too difficult and don’t take a lot of time to make.
Here’s what you need to make your own.
- 1 orange bath towel
- 1 orange hand towel
- 1 white wash cloth (for the snout)
- 1 black wash cloth (for the ears)
- small pieces of black and white fabric (for the eyes, eye balls, ear middles, and stripes)
- Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive-17″X45″ (affiliate link)
- black and white thread
- sewing machine
- Tiger (Hobbes) Hooded Towel Pattern Pieces
To begin, start cutting out the pattern pieces. Cut two snout pieces out of the white wash cloth.
And then cut 4 ear pieces out of the black wash cloth.
You’ll then want to add the Heat n’ Bond to the back of your white and black fabric, according to the package directions. Then cut out the eyes and ear middles in white and the eye balls and nose in black.
Next, iron the ear middles to the ears and the nose to the snout. The Heat n’ Bond package will tell you how to do this exactly.
After they’re ironed on, satin stitch or use a really tight zig zag stitch all around the nose and the ear middles. I used white thread on the ears and black thread on the nose.
And there’s another picture of the stitched on nose.
Next, match up one of the ear pieces that has the white middle and one that does not, right sides together. Stitch around the curved part of the ear, leaving the straight, bottom edge open, and then turn right side out. Repeat with the other two ear pieces.
Then do the same thing with the snout pieces… Put the two snout pieces together, right sides together, stitch around the bottom curved part, leaving the top straight part open. The finished products should look like the picture below.
Next, grab your orange hand towel and cut in half, as shown below.
Set one piece aside, we’re not going to use that one. With the remaining piece, fold the bottom up about 2 1/2 inches and sew straight across.
Then place the snout in the middle and sew it on using a satin stitch or tight zig zag stitch.
Then, iron on the eyes, according to the directions on the Heat n’ Bond package, and satin stitch around the eyes and eyeballs in coordinating thread.
Next, we’ll add the stripes. Attach the Heat n’ Bond to the back of more black fabric if you need to and cut out the stripes from the pattern pieces provided. Iron them on and then satin stitch all around the stripes.
Now its time to attach the ears. Decide where you want them to be and then cut two little slits for them to slide into.
Here’s another view of where I put the slits in my towel.
Then slip the ears in, turn the towel over and sew across the ears to attach them to the towel. I usually have to sew across a couple of times to make sure they are secure. Then your towel should look like the picture below.
Next, fold the towel in half as shown below and sew a straight line across the top.
Then, open up your towel, as shown below…
…And sew a straight line a couple of inches from the point. This makes the tiger’s head a little less pointed at the top.
Now the hood part is all finished! The hardest part is over!
Now we’ll attach the hood to the main bath towel. Line up the center of the hood with the center of the bath towel and pin in place. About three inches from each end, make a little fold, as shown below, so the towel will stay on the child’s head a little bit better. (Hopefully, you can see my little folds in the picture below.)
Here’s a close up of one of those little folds. After its all pinned, just sew the hood onto the towel. Make sure the ends are really secure. Those are the parts that get the most wear and tear.
And here is the darling finished product! I really like how it turned out.
After you’ve finished this tiger hooded towel and have decided that you love hooded towels as much as I do, check out the other hooded towels that I have made. They are all super cute!
- Ninja Turtle Hooded Towel
- Panda Hooded Towel
- Polar Bear Hooded Towel
- Fox Hooded Towel
- Yoda Hooded Towel
- Bear Hooded Towel