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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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  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 :)

  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.

  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.

  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!

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

  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