Children’s Hooded Towel Pattern: Sew a Poncho to Cover Up at the Beach or Pool

Whether it’s in the bathtub or at the beach or the pool, children love to play in the water. This hooded towel is easy enough for a beginning seamstress and should take less than an hour to make.

Materials Needed:

  • Bath towel or beach towel
  • Hand towel in a coordinating color
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • (Optional) Ribbon, bias tape, paint, appliques, etc. for embellishing and personalizing

Before You Begin:

If you’re making a towel for a toddler or preschooler, measure your child (this is less important for taller kids). Measure from the top of the shoulders to just above the ankles. Your towel will be folded in half when your child “wears” it so divide the length of the towel by two and make sure it’s not too long.

Most bath towels are 54” long and most beach towels are 60” long. If necessary, hem one or both ends of …

What Women Bring for Cruises – Dinner & Evenings: Clothing to Pack for Main Dining Room, Formal Nights, Shows, & More

Women packing for an unfamiliar ship need to know what to pack for evenings. While all cruise liners have different rules, here is an overview for popular lines like Princess and Holland America.

Cruise Dinner

New cruisers often fret about what to wear to dinner on a ship. Here’s a general guideline, though Disney cruises are going to be different from high-end luxe liners.

  • Main Diningroom: Most women wear a casual dress, a nice pantsuit, or a cute top with slacks or a skirt. The dress code for the main diningroom (of most ships) is flexible, but many people dress exactly like they would for an upscale restaurant back home. On the other hand, some partiers wear something fun like a flowered halter dress or a sleeveless maxi dress if they feel like it, especially if they have just left behind winter snows in Minnesota or Alaska.

Formal Night

Quite …