Sew Your own Magical Unicorn Hooded Towel!
If you know someone who wishes bath time was just that little bit more magical, then we’ve the perfect sewing project for you! Follow Becky Cole's step-by-step tutorial below and learn exactly how to create this awesome unicorn hooded towel, for the little unicorn enthusiast in your life!
3 - 4 hours
Intermediate / Advanced
- 1 x large light pink bath sheet approx 95cm x 150cm
- 1 x light pink hand towel approx 50cm x 90cm
- 1 x white hand towel approx 50cm x 90cm
- 2 x face cloths (different pinks) approx 30cm x 30cm
- 150g Multicoloured wool
- 15mm wide gold ribbon
- Empty toilet roll
- Small amount of wadding
- Hand sewing needle
- Large eyed sharp tapestry needle
- Fabric pen
- Sewing scissors
- Complementary sewing thread – pale pink, dark pink
- Large headed straight pins
- Tape measure
- Sewing machine
- Steam iron
Becky Cole’s DIY Unicorn Hooded Towel Sewing Project:
While on holiday with my children this year, I realised that they had 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! This unicorn hooded towel is aimed at ages 6-9, but you could use a smaller bath 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… and the only limit is your imagination!
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.
Using one of the pink face cloths, cut away any edgings and then measure across and down 19cm along 2 of the straight edges. Draw a curve joining up these two lines 19cm from the centre point. You should now have a ¼ circle shape. Cut two additional shapes from wadding measuring 18cm.
Lay the two layers of wadding flush along one edge of the wash cloth shape. Stitch along the edge of the wadding down the edge where the wash cloth is wider. Next, stitch curved lines approx 3-4cm apart following the curve of the bottom edge, through all layers of fabric.
Turn the padded face cloth shape over so you are looking at the wadded side, and roll up the shape to form a cone shape.
Fold in the unwadded edge, and pin closed. Stitch the seam shut by hand, using double thread for strength.
Holding the cone base up in one hand, push the wadding down inside the cone as far as you can. Stitch closed along the bottom edge with a zig zag stitch.
Fold the hood in half and insert the horn with point down inside, sandwiched between the two layers, right up to the highest point of the open curve. Stitch around the curve using a zig zag stitch, enclosing the flat edge of the horn inside the seam (this can be a bit tricky due to the bulk of the horn, so you may wish to sew over this part a few times for security. The towelling fabric will fray quite a lot, and using a zig zag stitch will help to prevent this. Turn the hood round the right way, and press the seam.
From the excess of the pale pink hand towel, cut two mitre shapes for the ears, approximately 12cm high and 7cm along the base. Cut two identical shapes from the other face cloth.
Place one pale pink and one darker pink ear shape together, and stitch all the way around, leaving the flat bottom edge open, using a zig zag stitch. Over-sew the seams at the start and finish, to give the shapes strength when turning inside out. Repeat with the two pieces. Turn them through the right way round and use a pin to ease out the point.
With the darker pink side facing you, fold the bottom edge in half and zig zag along the bottom edge, creating a permanent fold.
Decide where you want to position your ears, and mark and cut a small slit on each side 0.5cm shorter than the width of the base of the ears. Insert the bottom edge of the ear and turn the hood the wrong side out. Pin the base of the ear to the hood and stitch across with a zigzag stitch. Make sure you have caught in the ear without leaving any gaps or tucks. Sew across a couple of times for added strength. Turn the hood the right way around.
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.
Take your white hand towel (I found one embossed with hearts for added Unicorn power!) and cut the length down to 50cm, cutting away any patterned edges.
Fold the towel in half lengthways and cut a semi circle curve using the full width of the towel. Open it out and position it centrally onto the front of your folded bath sheet.
Pin the circle to the front evenly all the way around.
Stitch all the way around the circle using a wide satin stitch (set your zig zag stitch to approximately width 7.0, length 0.3, depending on your machine.) You may need to press this stitched line with a light steam if the stitching is lumpy.
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 the corners in the seam.
To make the pom-poms, wind some of your wool around a cardboard tube. Next, cut yourself a long length of wool, around 40cm, and fold it in half and lay it on your work top. Carefully pull the wound wool off of the cardboard tube and lay it on top of the double length of wool so that the length of wool is running in the opposite direction to the wound wool.
Tie the long length as tight as you can around the middle of the wound wool, and secure with a knot. Using double thread means you have a bit more strength to pull this tight, as it’s really important to get it as tight as you possibly can… or your pom pom will fall apart!
Using sharp scissors, cut the loops of the wool to create a fluffy ball! Give your pom pom a haircut, trimming away any long straggly ends. Leave the knotted wool lengths nice and long. Repeat this process until you have approximately 10-12 pom poms. A 100g ball of wool should make between 8-10 pom-poms depending on how full you want them to be.
Using a sharp tapestry needle, thread the long threads of one of your pom-poms through the eye, and thread them through the towelling at the front, at the base of the horn. Stitch the pom-pom to the hood with the long ends, secure with a knot, and trim off the ends. Repeat all the way around the base of the horn, with five pom-poms in total. This will help the horn to stay upright. You can stitch the pom-poms wherever you like, however I then added a pom-pom either side between the horn and the ears, and then down the centre back seam of the hood. Bear in mind that the more pom-pom you attach, the heavier the hood will be.
Finally, cut some lengths of gold ribbon approx 18cm long. Fold them in half and tuck the ends in between the pom-poms and stitch in place with some discreet hand stitches. Your unicorn hooded towel is now complete!
Now, whether they’re stepping out of a warm bath, or off a sandy beach, your little unicorn will be warm and dry… and looking fabulous!