Learn to make a DIY Unicorn Hooded Towel with this easy step-by-step tutorial. Guaranteed to be a big hit for little unicorn fans, while adding an extra touch of Magic to bath times!
I LOVE hooded towels, and they are a must have for anyone with little kiddos. Not only are they super practical, they are also super cute and fun for kids to wear. On top of that, I will admit that as a parent, I love seeing my toddler wear his hooded towel after baths because he just looks so adorable!
Recently a dear friend had a baby girl, and I was ecstatic to finally be able to make something girly. For some reason most of my close friends and family have boys, so needless to say I was thrilled to finally make something pink and purple.
This DIY Unicorn Hooded Towel isn’t hard to make at all, but it does require several steps as the Unicorn has quite a few details (eyes, ears, nose, horn, and mane). However, don’t let that discourage you as the end result will be completely worthwhile! I’ve broken down the steps in the Table of Contents so you can jump to the step that you need. If you consider yourself a beginner, work on 1 or 2 details a day, and take it in stride. Remember the saying “slow and steady wins the game”. Before you know it, you will be done!
Also, if you are unfamiliar with how to sew a basic hooded towel, be sure to check out my Basic Hooded Towel Post as you will need it to make the hood part.
Another note is that this post has A LOT of photos. However, I’ve optimized all the photos for quick website loading for your convenience. Also, the photos are there to help guide you through every single step necessary to make the perfect Unicorn Hooded Towel, so don’t be frightened by how many photos there are! Again, just work on the each section one at a time and you will be well on your way to finishing.
What do I need to Make a Unicorn Hooded Towel?
- Basic Hooded Towel Pattern (available in my free resource library) – get the password by subscribing.
- Unicorn Hooded Towel Pattern (available in my free resource library) – get the password by subscribing.
- Store Bought Bath towel – I like Threshold Bath Towels from Target. as they are nice and thick. I used a Pink bath towel that measures 30″ x 54″ (76.2 cm x 137.16 cm)
- 1 Bath Towel: for infant/toddler size
- 2 Bath Towels: for Kid’s size
- 6″ White Fleece – for nose and inside of ears
- Other varying colors – for Unicorn Mane (6″ length)
- Black and Brown Craft Felt – for eyes and nostril
- 6″ Gold fabric – for Unicorn Horn.
- Polyester fiberfill – (you’ll only need a small amount) for stuffing Unicorn Horn
- White and black Embroidery Floss – for adding whites of eyes and eyelashes if desired
- Hand Sewing Needles
- Matching Thread
- Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing or Quilt Batting
- Sewing Machine
- Fine Pins
- Fabric scissors
How to Sew Unicorn Ears
Cut out ear pattern pieces, one on bath towel (pink) and one on white fleece. Serge edges of bath towel piece.
Sew ears at 1/2″ (1.27 cm) seam allowance, right sides together and clip curves (especially the pointing end of ears). Use a blunt scissor to push out tip of ears.
Fold top portion of ear down to bottom 1/3 and pin in place.
How to Sew Unicorn Nose
Cut out Nose, Nostril, and Eyes. Glue nostril onto nose and place a piece of embroidery stabilizer on the back. For more information about how to fabric applique see this post
Note: At this point I recommend ironing fusible interfacing to both sides of the NOSE PIECE for extra stiffness before sewing them together. I ended up adding batting to the NOSE after it was sewn onto the hood because I noticed the NOSE PIECE was a bit flimsy.
LEFT: Zig-zag stitch nostrils with brown thread (I used stitch width = 1, stitch length = 3). Note: Pin is there to hold embroidery stabilizer in place.
RIGHT: Finished nostrils appliqued in place.
Sew Unicorn NOSE PIECE together at 1/2″ (1.27cm) seam allowance. Clip curves.
LEFT: On the side without the nostrils, make a slit (about 3-4″ long).
RIGHT: Turn NOSE PIECE to right side through this opening.
Finished view of Unicorn NOSE PIECE.
Sewing Unicorn Eyes
The following tutorial shows you how to sew the whites of the Unicorn eyes, and is completely optional.
Use embroidery floss (all 6 strands), and stitch a few times (I usually do 3-4 overlaps) on the eyes to make the whites of eyes.
Glue eyes to HOOD FRONT PIECE and zig-zag stitch down. Note, only sew the eyes to HOOD FRONT PIECE, not to the HOOD LINING as this will make it easier.
Sewing Unicorn Nose to Hood
Pin Unicorn NOSE to hood. Note: you will only be sewing NOSE PIECE to front of hood, not to the LINING.
Zig-zag stitch NOSE down to front of hood, ending at HOOD lining
Optional: At this point, use embroidery floss to sew eyelashes to the Unicorn eyes if desired.
Front and back view of Unicorn NOSE PIECE sewn to hood.
Sew the ears onto the hood, then sew the hood portion onto the bath towel portion, following the directions from How to Make a Kid’s Hooded Towel.
How to Sew Unicorn Horn
Cut out Unicorn HORN PIECE on gold fabric and make notches on both ends of dotted line.
LEFT: Draw line from notch to notch on wrong side of fabric, following dotted lines on HORN PATTERN (this doesn’t have to be exact, just gives you a guide as to where to sew)
RIGHT: Sew along line with yellow/gold thread.
LEFT: Fold horn in half, right side together, matching at notch. Trim away seam allowance to 1/4″ and turn to right side.
RIGHT: Finished view
LEFT: Gently stuff polyester fiberfill into Unicorn Horn
RIGHT: Use a widely spaced running stitch to go around top 1/4″ edge of Unicorn HORN.
View of running stitch all around UNICORN HORN
Gently pull on the end of the running stitch to close the opening of UNICORN HORN.
View of finished Unicorn Horn. Don’t cut off the thread as we will use it later to sew the horn onto the hood.
Sewing Unicorn Mane
Make sure to have the hood portion sewn to the towel part prior to sewing the Unicorn Mane on.
For the mane, I used 6 different fleece colors in the pink and purple shade, but you can use the same color for the mane, or whatever color combinations you like!
Cut rectangular pieces of fleece 5″ x 7.5″ (12.7 cm x 19.05 cm) for each color you are using. If you are only using one color for the mane, cut a rectangle piece that measures 5″ x 45″ (12.7 cm x 114.3 cm)
Cut the rectangle into strips that are .75″ (1.9cm) wide, which should give you about 10 strips for each color. You will need about 7-10 strips for each of the 6 colors. If you are using one color, you will need 40-60 strips to make the mane.
Arrange about 5-7 strips per color overlapping together and stitch the strips together down the center. You can add extra strips if you feel that the mane isn’t full enough. I found that sewing the strips in batches (instead of all at once) is easier.
Finished mane piece
Pin mane down to center back of hooded towel (starting at top of the hood) and machine stitch in place.
Finished side view of mane
Sewing Unicorn Horn to Hood
LEFT: Take the needle with thread that was left on Unicorn Horn and poke it out to the side of the horn.
RIGHT: Pin Horn to center front of hood, with seam of Horn facing down.
Stitch Horn to hood using Invisible Ladder Stitch.
Finished view of horn sewn onto Unicorn Hooded towel.
DIY Unicorn Hooded Towel: Finishing Touches
At this point, I decided to add a piece of batting into the NOSE PIECE as I thought it felt a bit flimsy. Cut out the NOSE PIECE STABILIZER and slip it into the Unicorn Nose through the slit you had cut earlier.
Straighten the NOSE PIECE to make sure the batting lays nice and flat.
Sew back side of NOSE PIECE to hood using Invisible ladder stitch.
Finished view of toddler in DIY Unicorn Hooded Towel. Congratulations! You did it!!
Another thing I love doing for hooded towel gifts is to personalize it for a even more special touch! You can learn all about how to add Fabric Letter Applique here.
Don’t forget to pin the image below to save this project for later. Let me know in the comments below if there are other hooded towel tutorials you would like to see. Happy Sewing 🙂