You know how toddlers can be, um, picky sometimes?
Jackson is definitely a full-fledged two-year-old – he’s very verbal, he’s very opinionated, and he’s not at all afraid to tell you exactly what he wants. When it comes to bath time, we often have some issues…he doesn’t want to let me run the show, but if I let him wash himself and go at the pace he wants to go at we’ll be in there all night long! We’re working on increasing his bath independence, but for now it often ends up with a few tears when he can’t have things exactly the way he wants.
Oh, and it doesn’t help that even if I manage to get him in and out of the bath with no problems, he’s going to want to dictate exactly which towel he gets – and he wants the exact same one every single time. You see, my friend made a really cute hooded towel for Jackson forever ago, and it has become his very favorite towel of all time. Every single time I pull out any other towel after bathtime he whines about the lack of a “hat,” and he’s practically giddy when this is the towel he gets to wrap up in.
I’ve been meaning to make him some more hooded towels for a while now, but I just kept putting it off. Honestly, I was probably avoiding it because the sewing machine and I have never been on very good terms with one another. But, we needed a couple of new towels anyways and he’s been gravitating more and more to his hooded towel so I figured it was about time I made him some more.
I was definitely a bit nervous to get started – Corey joked that he was going to leave the house while I sewed because I usually end up cursing or in tears (or both) when I sew. However, it was a totally smooth process this time around, and I had no issues. Score!
Here’s how it’s done:
- Start with a regular bath towel and a hand towel. You could also buy two bath towels, but it’s a bit cheaper this way.
- Cut your hand towel down to approximately 10 inches wide. You can leave it whole if you want (I did on one of my towels) but it will make your hood very large.
- Fold the hand towel in half (with the back side facing out).
- Sew along the raw edge of the towel.
- Now you have a hood!
- Take the bath towel and line the middle of it up with the middle of the hood. You don’t have to be super precise here – I just folded the bath towel in half, laid the folded edge on the middle of the hood, and unfolded. Close enough!
- Sew the two towels together.
I’m so glad I finally set aside the time to just get this done because it has drastically reduced our bathtime battles. Jackson loves his new hooded towels just as much as the old one, and it means I don’t have to stress about making sure the right towel is clean + dry all of the time!
Plus, he’s pretty dang cute in that little hood, right?