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So one of my cousins just had a baby, and I decided to make the newest member of my family a gift. It’s a wrap for the baby, with a hood, to keep his head warm. I’ve used organic cotton from certton for it: a sky blue jersey for the outer, and a natural terry for the lining, so that baby Brodie can use it fresh from the bath. I got the idea from merging a standard hooded wrap with the terry towel dressing-gowns my Mum made for my sisters and me when we were kids, and voila, we have a Hooded Baby Towel Wrap!

Sizing is entirely at your discretion: You don’t need to limit yourself to a baby, and I’ve been reliably informed that even if you do make it for a baby, it’s highly likely that once they grow, they’ll use it as a cape in their dress ups 🙂

Mine is about 80 cm x 80 cm, which I feel is large enough to wrap luxuriously, but not have overwhelming amounts of bulky fabric.

I’m going to write out instructions of a sort, but please feel free to fiddle with the ‘recipe’. Don’t limit yourselves to just these fabrics: A silk would be luxurious and cool in summer (when the hood could protect from sunburn). If you want it to insulate in the very cold, perhaps add a fleece layer in between the jersey and flannel. As I said, I’ve used 100% cotton, including for the stitching, but you don’t need to do the same. So long as you choose natural, absorbent fabrics, your wrap will dry baby nicely.

Materials

-At least 110 cm x 80 cm of cotton terry cloth (or if you’re a super recycler, an old towel)

-At least 112 cm x 82 cm of cotton jersey

-Cotton thread

-Pins and needles

-Newspaper and a pen/marker

Method

1. Draw the pattern pieces onto newspaper: a square 80 cm x 80 cm, a square 85 cm x 85 cm, and a right angle triangle with a side of approximately 30 cm.

2. Pin the 80 cm square and the triangle to the terry fabric, and cut.

3. Pin the 82 cm square and the triangle to the jersey fabric, and cut.

4. Line up the two triangles, making sure that the terry faces outwards, and pin along all three sides.

5. Fold the terry underneath itself (by 1 cm), and then fold the jersey twice, so that the jersey covers the terry, and there are no raw edges. Pin.

6. Sew along the jersey edge, close to the border between the jersey and terry. (This should be done on your machine, but if it’s having a freak out like mine was, a hand hemming stitch will look lovely too.

7. Line up the two squares, the terry centered on the jersey.

8. Line up the right angle of the triangle with one (any) corner of terry square.

9. Tuck the edges of the three layers (jersey triangle, terry triangle and terry square) under them selves, and fold the jersey square edges twice, again covering all the raw edges, both inside the hood and out.

10. Continue tucking and folding all the way around the two squares.

11. Stitch, as before, all the way around the wrap.

12. Stitch twice over a centimeter on each side of area where the triangle corners attach to the wrap. The hood is likely to be tugged on in the life of the wrap, and this will ensure that whatever baby throws at it, as well as the washing that has to be done as a result, won’t undo the stitching.

13. Spread out, show off, and admire in general! I’d love to see the photos, so comment with links once you’re done 🙂


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