What you'll need:
A large bath towel, A coordinating Hand-towel, and thread. That's it!
Now, for the steps:
1) Cut the hand towel in half across the short width of the towel.
2) Take one of the new halves and fold in half again with the cut edge on top. Pin the cut edge closed.
3) Zig zag this closed. Open it back up and you'll see the 'hood' of the towel.
4) Attach the open end of your hood to the middle of the long-side of the bath towel. Voila! You're all done, and your child will be dry and cozy.
And now good news! Since you only use half of your hand-towel, you can actually make 2 hooded towels out of it (just buy one more bath-towel). I made both of these towels in under 15 minutes, but the family can use them for years to come.
-Run elastic along the inside top of the hood to make it more fitted.
-Use a wash-rag folded in half instead of a hand-towel for a smaller hood that will fit an infant.
-Applique other fabric scraps on it to make an animal face on the hood. I actually got that idea from an old ducky-towel pattern in a Martha Stewart Baby magazine a few years ago. I can't find that exact one on-line, so here's another link to give you an idea of something similar.
Have fun with this! You could be as creative as your imagination (and time) allows!
Blessings to you and all the little bundles of joy on your homestead,
Hillary At Home