Saturday, November 28, 2009

Doll Clothes - Hooded Towel

This hooded towel would be perfect for use after having a bath or swimming.  It looks so cozy I almost want to sew one in my size!

What you need:

  • terry cloth (I used an old shirt that is only loopy on one side, this worked well for reducing bulk on such a small garment)
  • sewing machine or needle and thread

Step 1: Cut your fabric. 

If you are using an old garment and can cut your pieces along the hem use these measurements:

  • two body pieces: 10" x 12" (existing hem along a 10" side)
  • one hood piece: 6 1/2" x 12" (existing hem along a 12" side)

If you are using yardage of fabric use this measurements:

  • two body pieces: 10" x 12 1/2"
  • one hood piece: 7" x 12"

If you used the second measurements hem the one of the short edges on the two body pieces and one of the long edges on the hood piece.

Step 2: Sew the shoulder seams.
Match the two body pieces right sides together (hems at the same end!) and using a 1/2" seam allowance sew two inches in from each edge. 



Step 3: Sew and attach the hood.
Fold the hood piece in half lengthwise, right sides together, so the hemmed edge folds on itself.  Pin and sew the opposite side.

Turn the hood right side out and pin it to the body piece.  I took photos of this step but they are more confusing then helpful so bear with me, this bit is wordy!  First, find the centre back of the neckline and mark it with a pin or a dot from a dissapearing fabric marker.  So far there has been no front or back to this garment so just pick a side.  Now match the seam you just sewed (the back of the hood) to this mark and pin in place.  The raw edges should match up and the bulk of both pieces should be hanging down.  Continuing out from this centre mark, pin the rest of the hood along the neckline.  When you're finished it should be something like this:


Sew a seam, 1/2" from the raw edge and remove the pins.

Step 4: Finish the neckline.
With your towel right side out and all attached find the centre front of the neckline and make a little snip down this line, about 1" starting from the raw edge.

Fold back the fabric on either side of the snip and sew the resulting triangles down.  Cut off the flappy bits after you've made your seam.  (The picture shows the seam before I cut off the extra bits.)

Step 5: Finish the edges.
Turn under 1/2" along each long side, pin and sew. 

You can finish here or add a little modesty by closing the sides - fold your towel in half lengthwise (so it looks as it will when it will be worn) and sew along the middle of the "side hem" for about 3 inches leaving a space for the arms to go and a flap at the bottom. 


And you're done!  Your doll is now ready for the beach, pool or bathtub!

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