Yoda Hooded Towel
How cool is Yoda? And who doesn’t love a Yoda hooded towel? My five year old daughter is somewhat obsessed with Yoda right now so I decided I’d try and make her a little something Yoda-ish. Since swimming season is upon us (here in the Southwest) a towel she could use by the pool made good sense. It’s very easy to make (believe me I’m no super seamstress!) and she absolutely loves it! Want to see how I did it?
What You’ll Need
- 1 green washcloth
- 1 green hand towel
- 1 brown bath towel
- sewing machine
- permanent marker
- large bowl (to use as a shape for the hood)
Step 1 – Cut Out the Hood
First thing we’ll do is create the shape for the hood. Take your hand towel and fold it in half long ways. Then take your bowl and place it on the towel. Using that permanent marker – outline the shape. Then cut it out.
Step 2 – Refine the Hood
So we’ve got the basic hood shape, but we need to make it a little shorter in the front so your child (or grown-up!) can see. Taking that permanent marker – draw a round on the wrong side (see the tag?) of one of the pieces of hood. Now cut it out.
Step 3 – Finish off the Raw Edges of Terrycloth
Terrycloth is such a great material, but it unravels very quickly (believe me…I know this through boo-boos in the past). You’ll want to finish off all the raw edges with a simple little zig zag stitch so that when you wash this towel it doesn’t disintegrate.
Step 4 – Create the Ears
Now take your washcloth and fold it in half diagonally. Then cut it in half.
Step 5 – Refine the Ears
I grabbed a piece of scrap paper and free form drew a rough Yoda shape ear. Using that I traced it on both rough ear shapes. Then cut them out.
Step 6 – Sew the Ears
Now stitch nearly all the way around the ears you’ve just cut out. Make sure to leave an opening so you can flip them inside out (in order to get a finished edge at the end).
Step 7 – Sew Your Hood Together
For some reason, this was the hardest bit for me. I’m a visual person, but for some reason picturing the hood right side out while trying to make sure I was sewing it correctly gave me pause. But it’s really as simple as this – take the two wrong sides of the hood and position the ears pointing inward like the image below. Then sew around the loop of the hood and trim the ear “edges” when you’re done making sure not to cut the stitching you just did.
Step 8 – Sew Your Hood to the Main Towel
Lay out your bath towel and find the mid point. Put the mid point of your hood at the mid point of your main towel and pin it there. Then sew it together taking special care to reinforce the two edges (they get a lot of tugging while your little Yoda positions the hood).
And you’re done! Easy, cute, and quick! My daughter is nuts about her towel!!