A poncho towel, or towel poncho, is a bath towel structured like a traditional poncho. A poncho is a large fabric sheet, conventionally made of wool, with a hole in the center for the wearer’s head. This type of towel resembles a traditional poncho, though it is made with a soft, absorbent cloth. Both traditional ponchos and poncho towels are meant to keep water away from the body. A towel poncho may worn by children and adults, though it has become a popular child's item in the 21st century.
A poncho towel may be both functional and fashionable. It absorbs or wards off water, sand, and wind. Some of these towels have hoods attached, which can keep the head warm and dry, as well as save a hairdo. Some ponchos may also be fastened at both sides of the body, leaving holes for the arms to protrude.
When worn at the beach, the poncho towel can also protect from sand. Though it can’t be spread out like a regular beach towel, it can also provide some comfort when sat on or bundled up and leaned on. After getting out of the bathtub or shower, a child may be gently dried off and covered with the poncho. The poncho towel, like the regular towel, is meant to absorb liquid.
A children’s poncho towel may be decorated with images of popular characters or creatures. Flowers, frogs, sharks, and cats are popular designs for the children’s towel. In these cases, a hood may be fashioned in the shape of an animal head or flower.
For instance, a lion-themed child’s poncho towel may be yellow with a yellow hood painted or crafted to resemble a lion. Ears and facial features, as well as a mane and a tail, may be added to the towel. While the additions may not be functional, many children will look forward to drying off when dressed like their favorite creature.
Many free online tutorials can help with making a poncho towel at home. Most of them don’t require extraordinary sewing skills. A towel of one’s choice, scissors, double sided tape, yarn, thread, a needle, ribbon, and fabric paint may be materials needed for making a wearable towel at home. An adult may choose to use a regular or oversized towel for his personal poncho towel. For toddlers, a small bath towel, large washcloth, or regular kitchen towel may be used when creating a unique poncho towel.