Friday, September 30, 2011

Personalized hooded towels!


My little cousin Sophia turned 5 this past August, so I wanted to make her something special.  She's a little fish, always swimming!  So I decided to try my hand at this awesome hooded towel tutorial.  I made my older daughter one too, since 1 hand towel makes 2 hoods and I didn't want to waste a half a hood!  The names on the back were done by first printing out the letters I needed using Paint Shop Pro.  Then I used a little double sided fusible interfacing to iron them on, and did some free hand embroidery on my plain old sewing machine.  It wasn't perfect, but it was close enough :P  It's really isn't as hard as it looks.  Just set your machine to a wide zig zag stitch with a length of almost zero.  Play around with your machine and a scrap piece of fabric until you get it how you want it.  Corners are tricky, but the key is to go slow and maneuver your towel/fabric like you were going around a curve.  Another tip: If your fabric is light and the towel is dark like mine was, use some white fabric or muslin under your letter so you can't see the towel through it.  Just make a double wonder under sandwich so everything sticks together.




I didn't get any pics of Sophia in her towel, but rest assured she loves it.  She uses it every time we go swimming together :)

1 comment:

  1. Hello! I'm not sure if you follow me or not, but I just wanted you to know that I love your blog. I understand why you don't update it often (heck, if I had a sewing blog I would update it, um, never, because I can't sew.

    I was wondering if you would still consider (even though you don't post much) doing a guest spot for me sometime, like one of the simplest sewing projects you can think of, for super super beginners. Something that would be easy to write for you?

    Even though I can't pull off more than a button on a shirt, I love to look at your projects and you could offer my readers something I never could.

    Thanks for blogging and crafting.

    Darlena, Tales of an Unlikely Mother


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