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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Make a Toddler Robe from a Single Bath Towel

For a little while now, I've been wanting to make Katie a robe. We have this older towel that she seems to love, so I decided to try and make it into a robe for her.

1. Start off with a towel, and a toddler. Katie is 17 months old, and I'm pretty sure that the robe will fit her until she's at least 2. She's currently about 24 pounds and 31.5 inches tall.

I tried to chase after her to get some specific measurements...but it's difficult. I got some basic guidelines, and the end result fit well.























I hemmed and sewed all the edges using a zig zag stitch.







A few tips:
1. Make sure you use a towel that you've already washed. Most towels will shrink a bit, and you probably want to have that happen before you go to all the work.
2. As I've washed the robe a couple of times, I noticed that some of the edges have frayed slightly, but the seams are still holding strong. To prevent this, I guess you could fold them over and sew them down once more.
3. I might also add a couple of loops for the tie, but I haven't done it yet. As is, you end up with a good sized washcloth to go with the robe when you're done, but you could easily trim that and create a couple of belt loops.
4. The towel material is very thick when you're hemming all the seams. I would strongly recommend using a thicker needle--maybe a jean's needle or something similar (I think it's a 16).
5. You could probably get a beach towel and create a similar robe for an older child by scaling the measurements up a bit.
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7 comments:

  1. Very clever/cute! You seem really good at winging it, I'm more of a pattern sort of girl. It's actually on my to-do list to make a bathrobe for Bennett. I'll have to blog how it turns out :)

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  2. Love the robe. It might be cute to use your "washcloth" material for pockets.

    It was so good to see the 3 of you. Thanks again for being here for Brad. It meant the world to all of us...especially Brad and Karlee.

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  3. Ooh--I love the pocket idea! We were so happy to get to come!

    Kaela, please blog about the results! I'd love to see how it works out.

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  4. Guess what my next craft is going to be?! That's right...your towel/robe! I can't believe how creative you are!!!! Thanks for the "how-to" instructions!

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  5. Hats off to that DIY bathrobe tutorial. Impressive work as the baby looks so cute wearing it. :)

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  6. I do no understand the arm instructions. while you are sewing you turn it right side out and sew? i was wondering if anyone could explain from sewing the arms closed and then what the next step is. thank you so much

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