Monday, May 24, 2010

Hooded Towel, Washies, and a Giveaway!

**The giveaway is now closed**

Back in April, just before I did the March of Dimes March for Babies, I committed to hosting a giveaway by the end of May if I met my fundraising goal. And I did! $190 to the cause of helping sick babies heal and go home to their families. I'm so honored that I get the chance to participate in activities like that, and as promised (though at the 11th hour), I'm hosting my first giveaway!

First, some background. About 2 weeks after my promise, I FINALLY won a giveaway! I'd just about given up on them. But I won the My Bella Baby Little Washies giveaway that Stacey @ Fun To Craft hosted. I was so excited! And I was absolutely thrilled with the washies when I got them! They are to die for.

I toyed with the idea of saving them for a baby gift but decided I wanted to keep them for myself. They looked simple, and I thought that I could make something similar for future gifts.

And as it happens, I have two friends who's babies are getting to be SIX months, and I decided that I'd make hooded towels with matching washies for them. Let me tell you, I learned my lesson. The quality of Kayla's washies is absolutely unmatched, and it's obvious that she is a skilled and meticulous seamstress. Me? I don't have enough patience with much detail. I think I've mentioned once or twice that I hate hand sewing... So after making a few, I decided that in future I'd outsource. :)

So, before I announce the giveaway, I want to show you the hooded towels and washies I made. For the life of me, I can't find a tutorial for the hooded towel. I just kind of threw some ideas from various tutorials together. I'd also made a few in the past. I made the hood of the towel very similar to this tutorial, though I used the hand towel with the finished edge framing the face rather than sewn to the big towel (does that make any sense?). I also added one new feature this time (that I LOVE) and that is a little pleated detail in the center back of the large towel. I got the pleat idea from this tutorial, step 5. So, how did it turn out? I'll show you, but I warn you that the pictures are WASHED out. I do all my crafting in the evening, so the pictures are generally wretched. I'm learning.

Anywho, here's the detail of the ribbon framing the face:

And here's the little pleat in the back. I used a mixing bowl for the shape to round the back of the hood.

I love how they turned out! And here are the towel and washies together. Notice that the material for the washies matches the ribbon? Like, exactly? I love it.

Then I wrapped them all up around a bottle of this (cucumber melon baby wash!? Be still my heart. I can't wait to have a girl...):

...and tied a matching ribbon around it. One of my friend's gave me this at my baby shower for my son, and it's still one of my favorite gifts.

So, now for the giveaway! I wanted to give away a matching towel and washies, and I thought about making the washies for the giveaway myself, but I feel like since they're Kayla's idea, I don't want to try to edge in on her market. So I contacted her, and she's agreed to make the washies to match the towel!

So, the winner will get one towel with five matching washies. The winner will be able to choose girl, boy, or gender neutral (so pretty much any baby color for the towel). I'll then go fabric shopping (darn!) for a matching print in that category that has a matching ribbon. Kayla has minky, chenille, and terry cloth that you can choose from for the other side of the washies, but she usually picks trying to best match the cotton print. So unless you have your heart set on one of the three, I would trust her judgment. :)

There's only one way to enter: go check out Kayla's etsy shop and/or blog and leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite product is. The giveaway ends at midnight central time on Saturday the 29th of May. Make sure you leave your email address on your comment and/or your blogger profile is enabled with it for me to get in touch with you.

Good luck!

**Edited to add: Upon further consideration (and suggestions for the peanut gallery), I've decided to add one more way that you can enter. If you blog about it (and put the link in your giveaway) or post it in your facebook status or twitter, etc, (with the giveaway URL), come back and leave me a comment letting me know for one more entry!


  1. I love the corduroy hearts booties!

    Yay for your first giveaway!!

  2. I like the little gentleman loafers. Those are stinkin cute!

    Giveaway = Awesomeness! :)

  3. The shoes are super cute. But, my kids don't wear shoes as babies, so.... I am having a super hard time deciding between the cute little flowered headband, or the little knit beaning thing. Both are super sweet for girls!!!

  4. The aqua booties with the ruffles! SO cute. I wanted to check out her etsy shop too, but the link wasn't working.

  5. I posted about your giveaway on Facebook! Can you enter me again?? :) Can you tell I want to WIN?? :) Going to check the etsy shop, now!

  6. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [25 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  7. These are my favorite. I found them on her already sold items. sad day.

    RESERVED FOR HEATHER - rocksgirl42

    SOFT LITTLE WASHIES - pink flowers and polka dots

  8. the sweet girl booties are so cute!

  9. Oh, I would love to win this for my baby. I had a little hooded towel when I was a kid, and I still remember how much I loved it. I like all the items in Kayla's shop, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the Bella Booties. Charming! thorandellie ATT gmail DOTT com
    That's my email address, written out all funny to avoid spammers!

  10. I love the little gentleman booties :)

  11. I blogged about it :)

  12. I love her washies and nursing pads. Just ordered some not too long ago. My 17 mo. old son has already been using the washies too: as shoes, but also learning how to wash himself =D

    diva2129 at yahoo dot com

  13. My favorite item from her store is the pair of houndstooth Bella Booties. I think baby shoes are so cute!

    urchiken at gmail dot com

  14. Those hoodie towels are too cute! :)

  15. zebra print booties. handsdown my favorite. i wish they came in a womens size 8.

  16. These are adorable! Such cute fabric.

    I'm hosting a party on Saturday and would love it if you linked up!

  17. I love the washies!! My girls would LOVE these!!! mtm.dudley at yahoo dot com

  18. I love those washies! I linked this up, not sure why the picture isn't working though :( Is that what normally happens when you link up? Super cute thoughh, thanks for sharing!

  19. I love the little booties with the adorable!


  20. Oh! Your washies are so cute! this is a fantastic set.

    Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy session over at Life in the Pitts.

  21. This is a great giveaway, I'd love to win this for my baby. In Kayla's etsy shop, I'm in love with the CUTIE BOOTIES - Poppy Dot Flowers. So sweet, but I love all the booties.
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