So there we are – enjoying a nice afternoon at the pool when the melt down happens. It wasn’t because we were leaving or because something traumatic happened — it was because holding the towel around your body is apparently the most difficult thing in the whole. wide. world. What’s a mom to do? Make a towel that doesn’t come off, of course…
Let me walk you through just how easy it is to make a no-sew towel cover up in a tunic or poncho style..
- an inexpensive towel that is not longer than your child’s ankle to shoulder length, doubled (or just buy a towel and cut off the excess!)
- permanent fabric glue and
- trim and/or appliques
Measure how big to make the head hole. Fold the towel in half length-wise and then again width -wise.
Hold the inside corner on your child’s nose and eyeball how far it is to their ear.
Mark your spot and cut a shallow triangle from the center fold to the “ear spot”. Unfold and check to be sure it fits over their head. Remember, you can always cut off more but a too-big hole will make the towel slip down!
Apply your appliqués and trim with the fabric glue, making sure to really work it down into the nap of the terry cloth. If you’re using a thinner towel, put a piece of foil between the towel and other layer to keep the glue from seeping through.
Voila! A towel that your kiddos can carry and manage themselves! I think this would be a great tween activity this summer, too! The embellishment options are practically endless – buttons, ribbon, flowers, and there are footballs, animals and all kinds of options!