Hi! I’m Amber from Crazy Little Projects and this is my first EVER guest blog post! Thank you SO much to Sweet C’s for having me. My blog is brand new and features all my crazy little projects from baking to sewing, fun with kids and more. Like I said, I’m new so please join me on Facebook, Pinterest, Google Plus or RSS to follow me!
Now, on to the good stuff. One of my favorite projects-a hooded frog towel for babies and toddlers.
It’s been a couple of years since I made one of these froggie hooded towels and I sort of forgot just how cute they turn out! And really how easy they are to make. They don’t take long and they don’t cost much. And they are a HUGE hit as a baby gift!
They take maybe 30 minutes to an hour max and cost less than $10. Not bad!
What You Need:
Green bath towel (Mine is from Target and cost about $4-5)
Green hand towel to match the bath towel
Small amounts of white and black fabric
Iron on transfer paper
Small amount of red fabric (I usually use fleece or felt but any will work)
Green, white and black thread
Pattern pieces for eyes, nose and tongue
To start, cut all the tags off of your towels and hand towels.
Next, cut your hand towel in half the hamburger way (as in not the long skinny hot dog way, but the short, fat, hamburger way).
Fold in the edge of the hand towel about 4 or 5 inches. Pin it in place and sew a straight stitch.
With the leftover half of your hand towel, cut out your green frog nose. Cut two and then sew them together leaving a couple of inches open on the straight top part to turn it. Then turn it.
Stitch together leaving opening on top straight part:
You don’t need to worry about sewing that opening closed. That will happen when you attach the nose to the towel.
Now do the same with your red fabric and the tongue pieces-cut two, sew together leaving an opening at the top and turn it. If you are using felt you can just use one layer and not sew it.
Flip the hand towel over. Center your nose on the hand towel right along the stitch line you made previously. Stick the tongue up under the nose right where you are going to sew so that you will catch it in there and then do a fairly tight zig zag to attach your nose.
See how the tongue is under there:
Cut out two white eyes and two black eyeballs. Iron them onto the iron-on paper and then iron them into place on your towel:
Now, using a very tight and fairly narrow zig zag stitch, sew around them first in white on the white parts then in black on the black parts:
While you have your black thread in, add some little nostrils to your nose. Flip the nose out so that you can work with it. Then I just use the same tight zig zag stitch and go forward about an inch and then reverse over it one time.
There’s your frog face!
Now, fold the hand towel in half with the face on the inside and zig zag the raw edges together to form the hood.
Now, I like my froggie to have more of a rounded head rather than pointy. To do this, fold your head like this:
And stitch a straight line across the top triangle part like this:
Then you can just snip that tip off if you want.
And now you should have a nice, cute frog head.
Now you need to sew your head onto your hooded towel. I have sort of a fancy way that I like to do it with a little pleat that makes the towel wrap around the kid even better. You can do it that way or you can just center it on your towel and zig zag it in place. I use a zig zag to keep it nice and secure.
Here’s the pleat if you want it:
In the center of the towel right where you want to sew your head on, make a fold like this:
Pin it in place and zig zag it:
Now, sew your head on with a zig zag stitch like this: (see the pleat?)
And ta da! You have an adorable little frog hooded towel!
These towels are great because they can be used for newborns, toddlers and even preschoolers and young elementary schoolers.
Amber is generously giving away a Froggy Towel to a Sweet C’s reader! Please use the Rafflecopter app below to enter! Winner will be drawn May 1. Please be sure your email is linked to your comments so we can notify you if you won!