Butterfly hooded towel tutorial {Hello Summer}

Hey there! This is Amber from Crazy Little Projects! I am so excited to post on I Heart Nap Time and so excited that Summer has arrived!

Every month I do a new hooded towel tutorial and when I thought about what towel to do for summer a butterfly came to mind. A butterfly hooded towel is a bit more challenging to create than my normal towels but I love how it turned out!

Butterfly Hooded Towel tutorial on I Heart Nap Time

She’s pretty cute right? Want to make one of your own? Let me teach you!

Butterfly Hooded Towel tutorial on I Heart Nap Time

 

Butterfly Hooded Towel Tutorial:

Supplies Needed:

1 bath towel in your choice of color (I get my towels at Target typically because they have bold, bright colors)

1 hand towel in contrasting color of your choice (you will only use half of this)

Small amounts of fabric in white, black and accent colors to match your towels (I used pink, turquoise and purple)

Heat ‘n’ Bond

Cotton Stuffing (just a little bit)

Bias tape (Extra Wide Double Fold) in coordinating color

Butterfly Hooded Towel Pattern Pieces

 

Instructions:

I will teach you to create the face of your butterfly and the wings for this towel. If you would like to see how I put it all together I have a basic hooded towel post here.

Start out by cutting your hand towel in half horizontally (so that it is short and fat, not long and skinny). Fold under the finished edge about 3-4 inches and pin it in place. Then stitch it in place:

Butterfly Hooded Towel tutorial on I Heart Nap Time

Now cut out your eyes using the pattern pieces. Cut 2 white, 2 black and heat ‘n’ bond to go on the back of each of them. Adhere the heat ‘n’ bond to the backs of them and peel off the backing. Then position your eyes where you want them on your towel and iron them in place:

Butterfly Hooded Towel tutorial on I Heart Nap Time

Next, applique (tight zigzag stitch) around the eyes (both the black and the white parts).

Now cut out your antennae. You’ll need 4 pieces.

Butterfly Hooded Towel tutorial on I Heart Nap Time

Sew around the antennae leaving the bottoms open. Turn them right side out and stuff them with some stuffing.

Now cut a slit in your towel right where you want your antennae:

Butterfly Hooded Towel tutorial on I Heart Nap Time

Slide your antenna into the slit so that it looks like this on the underside:

Butterfly Hooded Towel tutorial on I Heart Nap Time

Stitch across the opening to close it and hold the antennae in place. Snip off any excess fabric on the bottom.

Now, to create the hood, fold the face in on itself and stitch up the raw edge. I do a zigzag stitch here.

Butterfly Hooded Towel tutorial on I Heart Nap Time

Now turn your towel to look like this:

Butterfly Hooded Towel tutorial on I Heart Nap Time

Then sew a straight line across that triangle tip and snip it off:

Butterfly Hooded Towel tutorial on I Heart Nap Time

You can now attach your hood to your towel. You can do this by just centering it and zigzagging it on or you can do it the fancy way I describe here.

With your head in place you need to make the bottom look like a butterfly. First I cut the edges of the towel to look like wings:

Butterfly Hooded Towel tutorial on I Heart Nap Time

To keep those edges from fraying I edged them with bias tape:

Butterfly Hooded Towel tutorial on I Heart Nap Time

Then I cut out some fun shapes and created a pattern on the back. You can design them any way you want to. Pin them in place and then applique all the way around them:

Butterfly Hooded Towel tutorial on I Heart Nap Time And that’s it! You’re done!

Butterfly Hooded Towel tutorial on I Heart Nap Time

If you aren’t a sewer and wish you were, let me teach you. I have a Learn to Sew series:

Learn to Sew

Also, be sure to check out all of the hooded towels and subscribe to see the new one each month:

Animal Hooded Towels for Baby

And here’s my most popular post:

Messenger Bag Tutorial

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THANKS Amber for sharing this fun project during our Hello Summer Event! Click HERE to see more ideas from the event.

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Coleen Bassett

Hi, it’s me…Coleen! I grew up in northern California. I am the second of four children. I went to college at Chico State where I met and married the love of my life 10 years ago. We have two wonderful, amazing, loving children! I am a bit of a crazy bike rider/barefoot runner! My favorite past time is to go for a run…barefoot! I am passionate about design!! I have been an independent creative consultant for 6 years. Someday I will travel the world and speak 7 different languages. Life is so good!