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Craft Time: Animal Bath Towels for Kids

November 21, 2010

My dear friend Cynthia has been making such progress on her gifts for  Handmade Christmas 2010.  I asked her to share a tutorial of one of the projects she recently finished so that you all could learn how to make these adorable gifts as well! Take it away, Cynthia!

As a kid I wore my bath towel as a cape as I ran around the house.  I was the squeaky clean Superman after bath time. 

Today there are so many options for cute children’s bath towels.  Especially a wide variety of adorable animals to make bath time more fun.

kids towlmonkey towel

Super cute, of course; but also kind of expensive.  Most versions will run anywhere from $14.99 up to $30 or even more.  Not so budget friendly and definitely not handmade; but they are cute gifts to keep kids interested in bath time.

Why not use Handmade Christmas 2010 to create your own version of the animal towel for a child on your list?  A little boy on my list loves green and animals.  Enter Mr. Froggy, the bath towel.


Items needed:

  • 1 light green bath towel
  • 1 light green hand towel
  • 1 dark green hand towel
    Fabric scraps for features


Tools Needed

  • Sewing machine with zigzag stitching (a serger or hand stitching will also work)
  • Thread in a color of your choice
  • A few sewing pins
  • Sharp scissors
  • Pencil


To create Mr. Froggy, green was a necessity.  For all the towels I needed (one bath towel and 3 hand towels) it was only $12!  Woohoo!  I had the fabric scraps and thread at home so there was no additional cost.   The price is right when comparing it to a premade towel from the store! 


Instructions for Creating Mr. Froggy:

  1. Remove all tags from each towel.  Those things are scratchy for adults so they would be an arch nemesis for children. 


2.  Fold light green hand towel in half and sew along the short edge. 


  • Tip: Use the largest zigzag setting (or use a serger if you own one) to sew over the edge.  Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.


  • Tip: Be careful at the end where the seam is extra thick.  You might lose a needle or two if you don’t take it slowThis can also be done with a basic whip stitch if you are sewing by hand.

3.  Open seam so that it looks like a paper airplane project.  Fold the point down until it is approximately an inch from the bottom. 


  • Tip: This allows for a small child’s head to fit into the hood without covering their eyes.  If you are making this for a toddler consider moving it closer. 

3.  Tack the point down using either your machine or with a few hand stitches. 

  • Tip: Be careful not to sew through the back of the hood or no one’s head will fit inside.  Totally optional but I tried on the hood “for fit” and “for fun.”  Smile


4.  Now Mr. Froggy needs a face.  Cut the darker color hand towel in half. IMG_58775. Set one half aside.  Fold other piece in half and create a shape you would like for the face with scissors. 


  • Tip: I improvised and created a shape with space for big bug eyes and a large mouth.

6.  Using zigzag stitching again, sew around edges of face onto hood.  The stitches should hold face in place covering edges so there are no raw edges. 


  • Tip: If needed trim some of the face…he won’t feel it.

7.  Now Mr. Froggy needs a face.  Using scrap fabric, cut out eyes and mouth and any other features you desire.


Hunni and I decided our frog would have pupils and a red tongue. 


  • Tip: If you do not have scrap fabric on hand this step can be done with colored thread, or remnants fabric pieces can be purchased very inexpensively at your local fabric store.

8.  Holding pieces in place with pins if necessary, zigzag stitch around each feature.  This will ensure his face doesn’t fall off after lots of loving.


9.  With the face and hood completed, you can now attach the body towel.  Fold the bath towel and hood towel in half.  Match the center points and pin. 


10. Open both towels and using the zigzag stitch from along the edge of the hood towel.


Congratulations you have completed Mr. Froggy’s Body.  Now is the time to parade around in your creation and show off your hard work.


Okay back to reality.  Mr. Froggy needs feet.

11.  Using the remaining half of the dark hand towel, cut 4 feet like shapes.  You need matching sets so it is best to cut two layers at a time. 

  • Tip: I only gave him 2 hind feet…to create front feet as well you will need 8 feet shapes.


12.  Using matching pairs, sew around edges using a straight stitch.  Be sure to leave an opening for turning inside out.  This hole will also be how you attach them to the body towel, so do not make it too small.


13.  After all feet are sewn, trim seams where there is a lot of material and cut notches in curves for ease in turning. 

  • Tip: While turning a pencil is a useful tool to push out each toe.


14.  After each foot is turned place the corner of the bath towel portion inside the open seam. 


15. Using same zigzag stitch, sew across the entire edge of foot.  This will close the seem and hid the corner of the towel inside the foot.


With that you have have a completed Mr. Froggy Child’s Bath Towel!

For a nice presentation, fold towel in so feet meet and then stuff most of the “body” into the hood until he looks like a baby bundle.  IMG_5911You can accessorize with ribbon to hold him together for presentation…though I can guarantee with most small children he will not stay that way for long.


This same project can be repeated for almost any animal.  Let your imagination run wild for all the children on your list.  Lions, Tigers and Bears, oh my.  All in their favorite colors.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2010 8:33 am

    Cynthia is so creative and talented–awesome work!

  2. November 21, 2010 11:47 am

    Oh my goodness, those towels are adorable! I am simply not that crafty or creative to ever be able to make towels like that, even after step by step instructions (haha), but those are such a great gift idea for people 🙂 So cute Cynthia!

  3. November 21, 2010 12:55 pm

    omg this came out great!!! I might make one for myself….hahahah

  4. November 22, 2010 10:15 pm

    Wow these are amazing! I think towel animals look so adorable too — this is much less expensive! Great work!

  5. November 23, 2010 6:34 pm

    OH my God these towels are beautiful. What a great gift to give.


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