Free Project – Embroidered Hooded Towel

Hooded towels for the beach are a must. I love that I could pop a towel on top of the kids, rub them down to dry, and then change them under the towel, without exposing them on the beach.  This hooded towel is created using a regular towel and additional hand towel.  Adding embroidery to the bottom gives the design a real feature.



  • 1 regular to small sized towel – mine was 68 x 135cm
  • 1 matching hand towel 40 x 60cm
  • 1m wide (25mm) bias binding to match the colour of your towel
  • Embroidery threads…
  • TearClean Tear away stabiliser from Stitch-a-ma-jigs by Julie Hall Designs
  • WetAway Topper wash away stabiliser from Stitch-a-ma-jigs by Julie Hall Designs
  • Conway Beach Bear Designs by Julie Hall Designs



  1. Load your embroidery designs into your machine.
  2. Print out templates for each of the designs, and lay them on the towel to create a template. Mark up the hooping points on the towel. As you can see from the image below, I have laid out different bear designs to go across the towel, with palm trees and the sun breaking up the design, and adding height.
  3. One by one, embroider the designs across your towel. Use the WetAway wash away stabiliser on top of the design, so that the stitches are formed on top of the towel, and the loops of the towel do not show through the design.
    1. If you don’t like hooping towels (and who of us do?, use a basting stitch to secure the towel to your stabiliser.
    2. Make sure that the towel is supported on the table with your embroidery machine, and that you don’t have the towel dragging. This will help insure that the hoop is not being tugged around, and ensure the best possible embroidery results
  4. Once the embroidery is completed, remove the excess stabiliser from the top and bottom of your towel.
  5. You are now ready to construct your hooded towel. Take the hand towel and fold in half. Stitch across the top half of the handtowel to form the hood.
  6. Fold the towel in half and pin marking points to show the half way point.
  7. Measure the hood across the centre of the towel, and using a water soluble pen, mark the beginning and end of the hood.       Using a really sharp pair of scissors, cut a slit using these measurements.
  8. Pin the hood into place, and stitch around the opening to secure the hood to the towel.
  9. Take the bias binding and pin and stitch into place around the neckline to hide the join, finishing off with a hand stitch.
  10. Now your loved one is ready for the sea/swim.




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