DIY Hooded Frog Towel {Guest Post from Crazy Little Projects}

Hello! It’s Amber from Crazy Little Projects saying hi!

Years ago I used to make a lot of these hooded frog towels for friends as baby gifts, but for some reason I quit making them for a while. I have to say, when I made this I was reminded just how cute they really are. My 7 year old is begging me to make him one now. And the best part? I really could! These hooded towels are great for newborns clear up to young kids. Toddlers, preschoolers, everyone.

Isn’t this froggy cute?!?! OK, maybe it’s partly the adorable model too. I’ve also done a ladybug and a monkey and will introduce a new towel each month.

Frog Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

These towels take maybe 30 minutes to an hour max and cost less than $10. Not bad! And guess what? I have tutorials for a duck, monkey, dragon, ladybug and others coming in the future.

What You Need:

Green bath towel (I got mine at Target and it 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, snip all the tags off of your towels and hand towels to get them out of the way.

Then 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 the edge of the hand towel over about 4 or 5 inches. Pin it in place and sew a straight stitch.

Baby Hooded Towel Pattern

Simple enough right?

How to make a hooded towel

With the leftover half of your hand towel, cut out your green frog nose from the pattern piece you printed. Cut two and then sew them together leaving a couple of inches open on the top (the straight part) so that you can turn it. Then turn it.

Cut two:

Stitch together leaving opening on top straight part:

Turn:

Don’t worry about sewing that opening closed. That will take care of itself when you attach the nose to the towel.

Now do the same with your red fabric and the tongue pieces-cut two, sew them 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 too while you sew the nose on and then do a fairly tight zig zag to attach your nose.

See how the tongue is under there:

Zig Zag along the nose to attach it:

 

Cut out two white eyes and two black eyeballs from the pattern pieces. 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 (applique), 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. You could do this before you attach your nose to the towel if you prefer, I just like to wait until I have my black thread in anyway.

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.

I like my frog 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.

Frog Hooded Towel pattern for Toddlers

Next you need to sew your head onto your hooded towel. I have sort of a fancy way 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 recommend using a zig zag to keep it nice and secure.

Here’s how to do the 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:

How to make a frog hooded towel

Pin it in place and zig zag it together:

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!

Large hooded towels

Really-your kids or your friends or whoever this is for-they are going to LOVE this!

Hooded Towel for Infants and Toddlers

See also:

Monkey Hooded Towel Tutorial

Monkey
Hooded Towel

Ladybug Hooded Towel

Ladybug
Hooded
Towel

Like I said, more tutorials for hooded towels coming on Crazy Little Projects…ducks, monkeys, dragons, ladybugs, owl, maybe a shark? Butterfly? Tiger? What do you want to see first? Other ideas? I think I will do a towel a month, so stayed tuned (like me on facebook, RSS, Twitter, Pinterest) to see more!

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Pillows {Guest Post from The Scrap Shoppe}

Hello, friends!
I’m Michele, and I create at The Scrap Shoppe.
I have a fun pillow makeover to share with you today!
Back in the spring I found the most amazing ginormous pillow at Rugged Wearhouse for only $5. It was a blank canvas just waiting to be transformed. I scoured Pottery Barn for inspiration pillows and stumbled across two that would look great in my living room: the poppy pillow and the lavendar monogram pillow.
Both of these pillows are embroidered and, if you’ve ever visited my blog, you know that I DO NOT sew. But that’s okay. I had other plans to get these looks!
I used colors that would match my living room (red, olive, and gold) for each side of the pillow.
(Yes, in case you didn’t realize, I put both of these designs on the same pillow. I love reversible projects!)
Let’s start off with the pillow itself. Like I said, its ginormous! 2 ft x 2 ft. Seriously!

 

Next up, let’s talk about the poppy side of the pillow.
I remember (way back in the day) in high school doing a very fun project in my Spanish class involving Huichol yarn art. Its a technique of creating a design using yarn and moving the yarn in such a fashion as to give your artwork movement. I loved it! And thought it would be perfect for this project.
I scoured several stores looking for the “right” yarn. I tried to find some that looked crocheted to match the Pottery Barn pillow better, but ended up finding this fun ribbed yarn in all of the right colors.

 

I printed off a full 8.5″ x 11″ image of the pillow to use as a guide, found a starting point on my pillow, and proceeded to draw out my first poppy.
I drew one poppy at a time, filling each in with yarn befor moving on to the next because adding the yarn actually made the image slightly larger than the original drawing. I didn’t want to mess up my spacing and wind up overlapping my images!
Also, I only drew the outline of the red part of the poppy because I knew it would eventually be completely covered with yarn in the end and the marker would never be seen.
I adhered all of my yarn with my favorite fabric adhesive, Fabri-Tac from Beacon.
(This stuff is seriously amazing. Better than a glue gun!! I swear!)
The turquoise line in the above photo represents the outline of the flower (where I drew it with the marker). I always did the outline of the flower first with the yarn then went back and filled it in the rest.
The orange line with arrows represents how I filled in my yarn. There was no specific technique. I just wanted to create movement by keeping the yarn in what would look like a swirly manner.
After finishing a flower with the red yarn, I went back and outlined it with the green yarn. I saved the stems and leaves until the end so I would not overlap them with any of the flowers I had yet to create.
I stopped periodically to compare my version to the Pottery Barn printout and check out my progress.
I was really starting to see it come together!

 

After finishing with the red and green yarn, I went back to fill in the centers of the fabric with the gold yarn. I tied a knot in the yarn then, to thicken it, tied two more knots on top of the original knot. I trimmed off the knots and layered them in the centers of some of the flowers.
I love the texture the yarn adds to the pillow.
I ended up leaving off the little flowers that Pottery Barn scattered around the pillow.
I really like the extra white space and the asymmetric look.
For the monogram side of the pillow, I took some liberties from the Pottery Barn version and instead of using a lavendar plant, I used a poppy floral design to help tie it into the reverse side of the pillow.
I created the design on my computer then separated the images into two so I could cut them out using my Silhouette.

 

 I cut my images out on freezer paper to iron on and use as a stencil. I ironed down the floral design first. The little detail images in the poppies were so tiny that I just left them off. I did, however, keep the detail images in the smaller flowers.
I still had all of my acrylic paint from my Custom Wall Art project from last year which is also in my living room so I already had on hand the paint colors I would need. I mixed the paint with some acrylic paint fabric medium and went to work.
Once the floral design was dry, I went back and ironed on the M freezer paper stencil and painted it also.
This side of the pillow literally only took a couple of hours to complete, including drying time. Whereas the poppy side of the pillow took a good 6 hours or so!

 

Can you see that I traced around the M with a fabric pen?
Since my pillow was prestuffed with no way of getting the stuffing out without ripping out threads and resewing, I just painted on a stuffed pillow. Probably not the greatest for freezer paper stenciling, but it worked okay. I just used the fabric pen to tidy up the edges of my monogram.

 

So let’s do a tally!
Pottery Barn Poppy Pillow: $49
Pottery Barn Lavendar Pillow: $29
Total: $78
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Pillow: $5
Yarn: ~$4 each so $12
Glue: $5
Paint and Medium: $4
Freezer Paper: $5
Fabric Pen: $4
Total: $35
I had the paint, freezer paper, and fabric pen on hand already so really my total could be ~$22!
Not bad, especially considering it is completely customized to match my living room!
Note: I do not let my children near this pillow. Just in case, you know? :)
Thanks for having me over, Erin!
I would love for you all to visit me sometime at The Scrap Shoppe!