Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Making a Kids Bath Robe from 2 Towels
Last week, we took Roman swimming for the first time. Once he figured out he could splash, he loved it! So we took him again. After several failed attempts to try and book a baby swim class, I've decided I'm going to teach him to swim myself.
After just 2 trips to the pool, I've realised that a towel doesn't cut it. On our walk home from the pool, Roman's towel fell off the pram twice. Luckily, it was a warm day. We headed down to the beach for the weekend, so I made up a little robe to keep him covered after a dip.
Making the most of the finished edges already on the towel, this quick project took only 20 minutes to sew up.
This robe is great for bath time, a trip to the beach or the pool and is probably nice to laze about in on a Sunday morning.
I made it nice and large, hoping that it will fit for a few seasons. I'm guessing I've made a size 3 - 4. There was a bit of towel left, so it could easily be cut a bit larger, or extra large towels could be used to make one for a bigger kid.
Kids Bath Robe
2 bath towels - 130cm x 65cm (50" x 25") or larger
If you bought the towels just for this project, wash them first.
Lay your towels out and cut out the pieces as shown. The pieces are positioned so that the bands on the towels are a feature of the finished robe, running around the bottom of the robe, hood and sleeves.
I've put the measurements I used on there, but you can adjust as needed. The main measurements you need are the sleeve length, body length and a measurement around the waist.
This step is optional, but it makes the robe fit a bit better. Cut out curves for the sleeves and the neck. These are marked red in the picture above. I just guessed these, but the length of the curves should be the same.
I used a top of Roman's as a template and cut the hood a couple of inches bigger all the way around so that it has plenty of room.
Lay out the back piece and put the front pieces on top, right sides together. Sew the shoulder seams. I used my overlocker for this project because it finishes the towels off neatly. The towelling sheds a lot when it's been cut, so the overlocker does a good job of stopping this. I don't see why you couldn't use a sewing machine though, just finish off the raw edges with a zig zag or overcast stitch.
Sew the sleeves to the body, right sides together.
Match up the side seams of the body and the sleeve seams and sew these up. Sew the hood pieces together and then attach the hood to the robe.
Lastly, if you are making a tie from the towelling, sew the two pieces together and finish off the edges.
If you have an eagle eye, you'll notice that all my seams are pale blue. It's not an intentional fancy design feature, I'm just too scared to change the threads on my overlocker. Everything I sew on the overlocker has blue seams. : /