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Monster Hooded Towel

“While on holiday with my children this year I realised they are completely grown out of their hooded towels! They love a hooded towel and they are so useful for walking back from the beach but it is quite hard to buy them in a larger size. So I decided it was time to make my own in a size suitable for a slightly older child and here is how I did it. These towels are aimed at ages 6-9 but you could use a smaller bathe towel for a younger child. You can also use the techniques described here to make your own towel unique to you! Add horns, spots, hair, stripes, pom poms, trimmings, whatever you want! Just make sure the fabrics and trims you use will withstand getting wet!” - Becky Cole

  • Sewing
  • 3-4 hours
  • Intermediate

Tools and materials required

  • 1 x large turquoise bath sheet approx 95cm x 150cm
  • 1 x turquoise hand towel approx 50cm x 90cm
  • 1 x white face cloth approx 30cm x 30cm
  • 2 x purple face cloths approx 30cm x 30cm
  • 1-2 dark blue face cloths approx 30cm x 30cm (depending on how many spots you wish to do)
  • 1-2 blue face cloths approx 30cm x 30cm (depending on how many spots you wish to do)
  • 2 x large black buttons
  • Iron on paper backed stabiliser suitable for appliqué
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Sewing scissors
  • Paper scissors
  • Complimentary sewing thread – turquoise, black, white
  • Large headed straight pins
  • Tape measure
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron


Fold the hand towel in half widthways and cut a strip 28cm wide. Measure 34cm down from the folded edge and trim off the bottom edges at this length.


Cut a curve along the raw side from the bottom edge round to the top fold but don’t cut all the way.


When you open it up it should look like the picture with the solid edge being a natural edge of the towel.


Stitch around the curve using a zig zag stitch.


The towelling fabric will fray quite a lot and a zig zag stitch will help to prevent this. Press the seam.


Next lay your hood down with the seam running down the centre. Pin the two front edges together overlapping and mark the two sides with pins.


Fold the bath sheet in half widthways and mark the centre point of the folded edge.


Measure 14cm either side of this point and mark with pins.


Cut along the folded line to make a slit running between the pins.


Turn the hood inside out and pin it to the slit, using the side pins to mark where the side points are. Stitch in place using a zig zag stitch.


Turn the hood through the right way and double check you have securely caught in the corners into the seam.


Take a piece of paper and draw an 6cm horizontal line marking the midpoint at 3cm. Draw a vertical line up 6cm from this 3cm midpoint, creating an upside down T. Join up the top of the vertical line to the ends of the horizontal line creating an isosceles triangle. Cut out 10 of these triangles from the white face cloth, avoiding the bulky seamed edges, adding 1cm all the way around as you cut them out. Pair up the pieces to form 5 piles.


Stitch up the two sides of each of the triangle pairs, leaving the bottom edge open. Trim away the excess seam allowance around the point of the triangle and turn it round the right way, using a pin to pull it out to a sharp point. Repeat with the other 4 pairs.


Pin the teeth in place along the top edge of the hood, starting in the middle and working round. Stitch them in place using a zig zag stitch.


From the remainder of the white face cloth, cut out 2 ovals approx 8cm x 6cm. Iron on some appliqué stabiliser to the backs of the ovals. Stitch on a black button onto each oval, making sure to leave at least 1 cm between the edge of the button and the edge of the oval. Peel off the paper backing of the stabiliser, position the eyes onto the hood in the desired position, and press, adhering them to the towel hood.


Set your machine to a wide satin stitch and stitch all the way around the ovals, appliquéing the eyes in place.


Using pencil and paper again draw a horn shape approximately 10cm high and 5cm wide. Cut out 4 of these (2 left and 2 right) from a purple face cloth, adding on 1cm all the way around for seam allowance. If your face cloths have a ribbing pattern anywhere on them you can use this pattern for added texture to the horns.


Stitch up the horns leaving the straight bottom edge open. Snip into the inside curve of each horn and turn them round the right way, using a pin to pull out the point of the horn.


Stuff them with the off cuts of towelling from your previous work so far and then sew up along the bottom edge.


Decide where you want to position your horns and cut a small slit on each side 0.5cm shorter than the width of the base of the horns. Insert the bottom edge of the horn and turn the hood the wring side out.


Pin the base if the horn to the hood and stitch across with a zig zag stitch. Make sure you have caught in the horn without leaving any gaps or tucks. Sew across a couple of times for added strength.


Turn the hood the right way around.


Cut out some rough circle shapes of varying sizes from the remaining face cloths and arrange them on the front, back, and hood of the towel. Iron on some appliqué stabiliser to the back as you did with the eyes, adhere to the towel with a hot iron, and appliqué all the way around with a satin stitch, using turquoise thread.


Your monster hooded towel is now complete.