Customize a kids hooded bath towel


There are some really great patterns out there to create your child the perfect bathrobe or hooded towel to use at home or at the beach. This is an ideal project to introduce you to embroidering on towelling fabric. You can decorate the garment with some cute sea life embroidery designs or something that your child enjoys, such as the Disney embroidery designs which you will find on the Brother Disney Embroidery machines.

Tips for embroidering on Towel

Depending on the thickness of the towel you can either ensure that the towel is hooped inside the embroidery hoop or you can baste the towel onto your stabiliser. Follow this tutorial on how to embroider on a towel to ensure that you choose the correct stabilisers and machine embroidery settings.

Choosing an embroidery design and how to fix any mistakes

When it comes to the embroidery it may be more ideal to choose designs that are simple and have a low stitch count. I originally chose a heavy Morango turtle embroidery designs which was beautiful but it had 16 colour changes and the end result wasn’t great.


Halfway through the stitching the thread jammed and ended up pulling the towel out of the embroidery hoop. This can be quite stressful and upsetting because it was going to be almost impossible to get the towel back into the original hooping position. Instead of panicking I decided to abort this design and change to a simple puffer fish applique design from John Deer’s Ultimate Ladybug Club website.


As you can see above, the applique only just covered the embroidery design but once it was fully stitched out I was confident it would be the perfect fix. I managed to use the edit mode on the NV180 Embroidery Machine to move the alignment of the applique design to go straight over my old design.


As you can see there is only a small amount of underlying thread showing but it’s a great fix for when you accidentally stuff up an embroidery design.

Plus, how cute will this be for your child’s bath or beach visits!


Some suitable patterns for this project

Since this original pattern was from the Machine Embroidery & Textile Art magazine I have found a few suitable patterns that would work well with towel fabrics to create the perfect robe for your child. The best part about buying commercial patterns is that they come in a range of sizes for you to keep and adjust as your child grows. Plus, these brands are perfect for beginners, as they come with easy-to-understand instructions.

simplicity-child-poncho-pattern-8428-envelope-frontSimplicty 8428 Kids Poncho

simplicity-babies-toddlers-pattern-8224-av4Simplicity 8224 Toddlers Robe

k3509_04Kwik Sew Toddlers Robe

Ideal Embroidery Designs

John Deer’s Ladybug Club embroidery designs are ideal for projects like this. I did a search for “Applique fish” and I ended up with over 70 results. Many of which were perfect to fix my mistake and save my gorgeous little kids robe from disaster.

Next time I’ll remember to go with simple and a low stitch count design and use something like this cute little applique turtle instead.


Things you may also be interested in


Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery Machines

Interested in learning how to sew, quilt or embroider? Take a look at the innovative Brother machines available for purchase at Echidna Sewing. Wherever possible we will beat any deal and you will always receive ongoing service and support!

Find out more >


Echidna Sewing and Embroidery Designs

Check out the huge range of embroidery designs that we have available for purchase including Lindee Goodall, Morango, HoopSisters, Dawn Johnson, John Deer and much more!

Find out more > 

star-applique-06Learn to Sew or Embroider with Echidna Sewing

Come along to our fun-filled classes to learn more about sewing, embroidery and crafting. Classes cater for all skill levels, whether you’re just starting out or already have advanced knowledge.

Find out more >

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s