by peafarm 02 Jun 2020

I want to do hooded towels for greatgrand girls for Christmas. I've watched YouTube different channels-I have hear if you do the Peeker designs with plain cotton they wrinkle bad from dryer--some have used thick vinyl and some stretch flesh knit for face that was backed with an iron on-hair that was faux fur or a patterned fleece. My question is--how do these stand up from the dryer point of view? I have the designs the mama of the girls picked out but now what to do. Any answers on materials for the Peekers? Vinyls, fleece, lined or not cottons? I am at a loss.


by pennyhal2 03 Jun 2020

Ok. What is "Peekers"? I went on YouTube and just saw a bunch of cartoons!

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peafarm by peafarm 03 Jun 2020

They are applique designs that are heads of characters or animals with a straight satin stitched bottom line that sits close to the edge of towels, bottoms of shirts etc. They use them for hooded towels and the design fits to the edge of the hood.

by dragonflyer 03 Jun 2020

Here is a video tutorial for hooded towels by Designs by JuJu.....

peafarm by peafarm 03 Jun 2020

Thank you Kim. JuJu is the one I was looking for in the way she made hers. I left her a question about what she lined her cotton with or if at all. I got no response yet but haven't been able to ck. last couple days. Her's I am assuming was pieces of cotton and they looked so smooth. Some others have said cotton wrinkles when it comes out of dryer but they don't talk about what the vinyls and other fabrics do.

dragonflyer by dragonflyer 05 Jun 2020

I would use a double sided fusible interfacing (like Steam a Seam or other to fuse the cotton fabric to the towel to help prevent any wrinkling or puckers...It is recommended for any type of appliques by many designers...

peafarm by peafarm 05 Jun 2020

Thank you Kim, I think that is what I'll do when I get to it. I do have the cotton iron on interfacing and also the Steam a Seam and also the Heat n Bond Lite. I have so many projects and get tired and switch in between all.

by mrskiki 03 Jun 2020

I would not use vinyl as it does not like heat. Use cotton or poly blend fabric, but back it first with iron on mesh stabilizer to give it a bit of body. Good luck . Hugs. Nan

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peafarm by peafarm 03 Jun 2020

Thanks Nan for your response. I thought vinyl was kind of odd but wanted opinions about this. I am leaning towards cottons interfaced with iron on cotton.

by noah 02 Jun 2020

I made 4 a couple of months ago and I used polyester fabric and nothing shrunk

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peafarm by peafarm 02 Jun 2020

Thank you Noah---I didn't think this would be a problem for me until I started watching all these YouTube Video's and so different. I had the feeling this was going to be simple--ah, no---I don't want show thru since my towel is not solid for the hoods but vinyl?? the thick stuff?? not sure about dryer usage.

by babash 02 Jun 2020

I haven't made any myself but would have thought if the applique fabric was washed first it wouldn't pucker up. However you would do it for a T Shirt should work I would think.

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peafarm by peafarm 02 Jun 2020

I wash all my fabrics before I even store them away so that is not a problem. A t-shirt in colors I need would work I guess. Lined with iron on I don't know.

by crafter2243 Moderator 02 Jun 2020

I wish I could help, but I have never made any. Just bringing you back to the top

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peafarm by peafarm 02 Jun 2020

Ah that was cagey and sweet. Thank you. Right now am making them both pj bottoms and deviating from pattern by adding ruffles at hem of both legs but next project is those Peeker Hooded Towels and I just can't seem to get answers before I start. I contacted a couple of sites doing them and haven't heard back. One is the site I bought the designs from. But--thank you for getting my question back up there.