My kids started swim lessons last week, so I hurried and whipped up some towel ponchos for them.
I actually got the idea from some character hooded towel ponchos I saw in Bed, Bath, & Beyond and thought I could easily recreate it, but with a simpler look and comfier feel.
I gave it a shot and it worked out quite nicely.
It comes together super fast too.
All you need are two bath or beach towels and some matching thread.
I used some $4 bath towels from Walmart. I thought about using beach towels but all the basic beach towels felt so thin and well…cheap. For less money I was able to get thicker, better quality towels by going to the bath towel aisle. But…do what you like of course. :)
Take a hooded sweater and trace the hood. I used a size 5/6 hoodie.
Using your pattern, cut out two hood pieces on the fold.
You can try tracing first, but it’s pretty much fruitless as you can’t really see the line that well. Just hold the pattern in place and do your best.
Also…make sure that the finished, biased edge of the towel is at the bottom.
Then with your two pieces, lay them on top of each other.
Pin and sew, leaving the bottom open.
Trim the curves down with pinking shears.
Turn right side out
and fold it in on itself to form the hood.
Return to your hood pattern and find the center. The width of the hood is how big a slit/hole you want to cut into the second towel.
Fold your second towel in half vertically (hamburger). Then fold again horizontally (hot dog) to find the center. Keeping the towel folded vertically, line the center of the towel up with the center of the hood pattern. Mark the sides and center with a pin.
Then cut a narrow slit between the two side pins. Scoop the front part down just slightly.
Now to attach the hood to the towel.
First, fold the hood so the seam matches up. This is the center of your hood. Match the center of the hood up with the back of the center of the towel. Pin evenly around the slit.
As you can see, you want the raw edge of the second towel to be sewn just below the biased edge of the hood.
Once you sew all the way around. Fold the biased edge of the hood down over the raw edge of the towel. Then sew again to encase the fraying edge into the hood.
*This can get thick, so sew slow and with a lengthened stitch. I used a four.
Take the part of the slit that wasn’t sewn into the hood. Double fold it and sew it down.
This is what it should end up looking like inside out.
and then right side out.
And it’s all ready for the pool!
It gets hot here in the summer but not that hot. With lessons being in the morning, my kids come out of the pool after swim lessons FREEZING cold.
They curl up into little mounds of shivering towels, baking in the sun until they get dry and warm again.
The hoods are perfect for this.
As you can see the poncho is quite big on Reid’s 3 year old body, but I like that he can grow into it.
In fact, I’ve tried it on and it will even fit me (kind of tight in the hood, but it still fits). So it should last the kids a while. The large neckline ensures that as well, and makes it very easy on and easy off.
If you don’t like having a thick hood, you could always do one layer of towel and then sew everything with french seams.
I love that the hood makes wearing their towel much easier. No wrapping it around their waist, or having it slip off constantly as we walk to the car.
This just might be one of the best things I’ve made for my kids.
Sigh…I love the pool. Yay for summer!
Don’t forget to stop over and check out a cute blue vintage pillowcase at Kojodesigns.
And if you would make an extra stop to This heArt of Mine. I’m guest posting this little number I made for Natalie, for Amy’s Sum Sum Summertime Series.