Hooded Baby Towel {Sewing}

Friday, 7 December 2012

Baby report (D-date +5): nothing. What's the spiciest curry I can get tonight? On the bright side, I have managed to finish Baby MiH hooded towel following the PurlBee tutorial. I kept putting it off because of the way the Terry Cloth behaved when I first cut it. It generated so many bits and even seemed to unravel. I was slightly concerned that I would be disappointed in the result.

However with some 'high-tech' machinery (a sticky roller, a handheld hoover, and a lot of ironing) It was nearly painless - and a beautiful hooded towel we have now.


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I did not change a thing to the tutorial as I wanted to see how it turned out in the end - and also using a new fabric texture got some used to. I mentioned a few appliances that were life saving in the end.

Cutting Terry Cloth is a nightmare, well personally I find it a nightmare. There are bits everywhere it is messy and you are worried it will unravel. I had my sticky roller handy all the time, and actually it did not unravel once you are rolled out all the bits. It was really useful to see the sides of the fabric again. I was worried the bits would also go into my sewing machine, but as I removed them that did not happen. 

Also Terry Cloth has a tendency to stretch and therefore it is hard to keep it flush with the cotton fabric. I ironed it a lot to make sure the two layers stayed together during the sewing process. So every time I was sewing a side, I ironed the towel again. Worked wonders. 



I personally feel that the hood is actually quite small in comparison to the body of the towel, and I think I will change that next time. Also it does eat a lot of fabric in one go - so I may go for cheaper fabric or make the main part with different bits of fabric. 

To buy the organic Terry Cloth.. Well that was a bit of a chore here in the UK. I bought it from EcoEarth fabrics, and I believe you can buy it on Etsy at Werkundstoff as well. The cotton fabric is from Robert Kaufman Urban Zoologie Owls. 


And apart from that, it is finished Friday, and this little cross-stitch (definitely not little by the way) is finished. More tomorrow, I am hoping to have a chance to frame it to show you!




Happy Friday everyone!

25 comments:

  1. it's really nice! Maybe you could buy an organic towel and cut it up?

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  2. Oh you poor girl. I was fortunate to never go over my due date. SOON it will happen!

    The towel is adorable. I love the owls.

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  3. It is very pretty, I love the fabric! Take care of yourself, Nat!

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  4. great post
    just found your blog :) and I love it :)
    following u, hope you do the same..kisses :)

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  5. Gorgeous! Just a tip babies hate being cold when they get out of the bath so warm it on the radiator first ;) XX

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  6. That's a gorgeous hooded towel - ready to wrap a baby in!Won't be long now...

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  7. Very cute towel I love the fabric. Take care.

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  8. Oh boy you must feel so ready to pop, yeah? That is such a cute, hooded towel. Are you dialated at all? Good luck!

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  9. Try fresh pineapple and if that doesn't work maybe some jumping jacks. Wishing you well! :^)

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  10. If baby MiH could only see that supercute towel he would come out right NOW. :) Still thinking of you!

    Sorry Melissa, I had to laugh about the try jumping jacks idea. Honestly I have no idea if that works because I lack experience (it could be the best advice ever and I wouldn´t know) but the thought alone was too funny.

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  11. Such a cute hooded towel!! Should be anyday now...wishing you well and all the best, Nat!

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  12. Looking forward to seeing the cross stitch framed! The hooded towel will be invaluable!

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  13. Cute......and there will soon be something very cute wrapped up in it!

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  14. Oh my goodness, it must be soon!! I love the hooded towel - gorgeous. Best wishes for what is sure to happen over the next few days.

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  15. The towel is so sweet! I love the Owl fabric...thinking of you in the coming days.

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  16. The baby is too comfortable in there. I was a week late as well. As soon as the doctor said "we will induce you" - she decided to arrive on her own terms. So maybe a little talk with the baby helps. Perhaps you can bribe the baby with such cute towel. Very nice job!

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  17. Lovely towel. Hope you don't have too much longer to wait!

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  18. Love the hooded towel. Keeping my fingers crossed for you that it's any day now

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  19. I think kimchi is spicier than curry. ;) Anyway, I love this hooded towel, especially that owl fabric - so adorable! And it goes perfectly with that hanger project! I had a similar experience working with chenille - there were little balls of tuffs everywhere, I thought I'd go crazy.

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  20. So beautiful! When my children were small a friend made them a bathing towel by using a regular size towel and a washcloth. She centered the washcloth on the length of the towel and folded it in to form the hood. It worked perfectly and when the kids were older they became capes!

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  21. That's so sweet -- I love the owls!

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  22. I'm somewhat late to the TGIFF party this week :) The hooded towel looks great! I was two weeks overdue with all three babies, the first came on the day we were going to be induced and the second two were induced. I'm keep seeing your posts pop up in reader and am hoping that you wont have to wait too much longer for your little one :)

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