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I love making baby gifts for friends. I usually pair a homemade gift with something from the registry or a favorite of ours. I recently put together a gift basket featuring a hooded baby towel, washcloths, Playtex Baby™ VentAire® bottles, and Most Like Mom® NaturaLatch® nipples.
How to Make a Hooded Towel
This morning I’m sharing the tutorial for how to make a hooded towel and washcloth set for a baby. You will need:
- 1 yard of terrycloth
- 1 yard of knit fabric
- coordinating thread
- sewing machine
- scissors or rotary cutter set
Step 1: Wash and dry your fabrics. Cut a 28 inch X 28 inch square from the terrycloth. Then use a dinner plate to round the corners of the fabric.
Step 2: Lay the knit fabric over the terrycloth piece. I laid mine across diagonally so that the pattern on my knit fabric would be correctly oriented when worn or hanging. Cut the knit fabric to match the terrycloth piece.
Step 3: Cut a 7 X 17 in rectangle from both the terrycloth and the knit fabric. Lay the two rectangles one on top of each other and lay under a corner of the towel. Use the rounded corner of the towel as a guide for rounding the two rectangle pieces. These will be your hood pieces.
Step 4: Place the hood pieces together with the right sides together. Pin and sew the two pieces together along the long edge of the triangle, sewing 1/2 inch from the edge. Remove the pins and open the two pieces of fabric. Iron them flat, then fold them so that the knit fabric is right side out. Then topstitch along the bottom, sewing about 1/2 inch from the edge.
Step 5: Lay the knit fabric down with the right side up. Then you will lay the hood piece down on top of it with the right sides of the knit fabrics facing. Then lay the terrycloth square on top of the hood piece. If you would peel back the layers it would look like that:
Step 6: Sew around the edges, sewing about 1/2 inch from edge but leave an opening of 3-4 inches.Step 7: Cut notches into the curves of the towel. Then use the hole to turn the towel right side out.
Step 8: Straighten everything out and iron it nice and flat. Pin and sew along the edges, sewing 1/2 inch from edge. Do not sew on top of the hood- move it aside to sew under it.
Step 9: The towel is done. To make the washcloths cut 3 9 inch squares out of both the terrycloth and the knit. Place the knit squares right side down on the terrycloth squares. Pin them together and sew around the edges, sewing 1/2 inch from the edge and leaving a 3 inch opening. Trim the corners.
Step 10: Remove the pins and turn the washcloths right side out. Push the points of the corners out and iron the washcloths flat.
Step 11: Pin and topstitch around the edges, sewing 1/2 inch from the edge. And you’re finally done! Now you know how to make a hooded towel and you can make a bunch of them!
I put the hooded towel and washcloths into a gift basket with Playtex Baby™ VentAire® bottles, and Most Like Mom® NaturaLatch® nipples. I feel like these Playtex baby bottles make for better beginnings. We used the VentAire bottles and they were the only ones that helped our son who had really bad reflux so I totally recommend them to all of my friends.
The VentAire bottles have a unique design. They have an anti-colic bottom vent. The VentAire micro-channel vents keep air at the back of the bottle as baby drinks, allowing almost no air to mix with the milk and get into the baby’s belly. The bottles are also angled which promotes the semi-upright feeding position which is recommended by pediatricians to help prevent ear infections.
I also included The Most Like Mom® NaturaLatch® nipples, which mimic the breast to help baby to latch on naturally. They have a natural wide shape and a raised texture which helps baby latch on naturally. This is helpful for mothers who switch between breast and bottle-feeding. They are made from silicone and always BPA-free. NaturaLatch nipples are available in slow, medium, and fast flow. They are compatible with all Playtex bottles including Playtex VentAire and Playtex Nurser® with Drop-Ins® Liners.
I got the VentAire bottles and the nipples at Walmart. Walmart is the one-stop shop for baby and the #1 place for baby registries.
When I purchased the bottles there was an on-pack coupon for $3 off eligible 3-packs of Playtex Baby™ Bottles, including the Playtex Nurser 8oz., VentAire 9oz., and VentAire Colors.
Need to put together a baby gift for a friend? Be sure to check out all the fantastic Playtex bottles and nipples at Walmart.
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