Monday, July 5, 2010

Toddler Dish Towel Bathrobe!

Today's Dollar Store Craft is an incredibly adorable toddler-sized bathrobe! It's perfect for throwing on after a bath or a swim, and best of all, it's made from TWO dollar store dish towels! It's so simple to make, yet certainly has a lot of bang for your two bucks!


SUPPLIES:

~ Two terry dish towels -- mine measured about 14.5"x24"
(This size of dish towel yielded a robe perfectly sized for my almost-18-month-old, although these towels are a bit on the smaller side. I am sure you could find larger ones for an older toddler.)
~ Approximately 3 1/2 yards 3/4" wide cotton twill tape


STEP ONE: Prewash and dry your towels and twill tape!


STEP TWO: Fold one towel in half from hem to hem and cut along the fold, as shown.


STEP THREE: Fold your second towel in quarters to find the center and mark. Fold from hem to hem and cut from one edge to the center, as shown.


STEP FOUR: With your towel still folded cut a small neck opening, as shown.

(I don't know if this diagram is helpful or confusing!)


STEP FIVE: Lay your towel with the neck opening on a flat surface.


STEP SIX: Lay one of your dish towel halves on top, right sides together, with the raw edge centered on the edge. Pin, being careful not to stretch the towels. Sew with a 3/8" seam allowance.


Repeat Steps Five and Six for the opposite side of your towel, as shown.


STEP SEVEN: Continue the center front cut line through the hem of your towel, as shown.

(Note: You COULD do things in a different order -- skipping steps three and four until after five, six and seven. I did mine this way because it was easier to fold and find the center point of my towel before attaching the other towel halves.)


STEP EIGHT: Remove a small amount from the "underarm" area of the robe. Fold your robe right sides together and cut away a 1 1/4" width rectangle. This makes the sleeves narrower and more fitted, and also eliminates the bulky finished edge of the towel.

At this point I serged the seams where I attached the towels to each other, then topstitched the seams down. I do recommend finishing the edges to avoid fraying, but you could certainly use a zigzag stitch if you don't have a serger.


STEP NINE: (not pictured) Sew the side seams on each side from the hem of the sleeve all the way around to the hem of the robe. Use a 1/2" seam allowance. Serge or zigzag for a finished edge on the seams. Note: If you like, you can add twill tape loops for your robe when you sew the side seams.


STEP TEN: Cut a 1 1/2 yard length of twill tape and press it in half lengthwise, as shown. This will be the binding for the raw edge opening of your robe.


STEP ELEVEN: Carefully bind the robe opening, starting at the hem on one side (finish the ends of the twill tape by folding them inside before you sew), and continuing all the way around to the other hem. This finishes the edge of your robe beautifully, without the need for bias tape or a facing!


STEP TWELVE: Cut your remaining twill tape into two 1 yard pieces. Layer them together and sew all the way around. This is the tie for your robe.


Your adorable little robe is finished!

It absolutely KILLS me -- it's so stinking cute on JellyBean! And she loves it, too!

66 comments:

Anna said...

wayy cut care! she is too cute.

Denise said...

Maybe even the very large bath towels would make an adult size? Such a cute thing to make. Wish I had a little one to make one for ;)

greetingarts said...

Wow, that's pretty darn genius! I'm going to have to try this with bigger towels and see if it works for a bigger kid! Will let you know how it goes... thanks so much for sharing.

Deborah Raymond said...

Oh my! I LOVE IT! Now how about one just like it for my 9 year old daughter from 2 dishtowels? perhaps not. lol

Mama B said...

Couldn't be any cuter! what a fun project!

Corynne Escalante said...

How cute!!! <3

Stephanie said...

Cute, cute, cute!!!

P.S. Do you think you'll be doing another I-Spy swap anytime soon? I just bought some fabric online that I'd love to use for a swap!

I♥thesecrazykids said...

It's so cute!

Ruby Star said...

how sweet, what a great tute, thanks for sharing.

Debbie J said...

You are so smart to put together such cute things! My grandson is almost 3, so I'd have to buy bigger towels probably. I made the hooded towel for him from your tutorial.

becky @ becky ann designs said...

That is so adorable and simple! Thank you so much for the tutorial. My girls are bigger, so I just might have to try it with some small bath towels.

VickiT said...

That is such an adorable robe. Great job.

I have one question about the diagram you drew. Is the right side of that placed onto the fold to cut so it then becomes an oval?

Thanks for sharing that with us. Super cute.

Hashi said...

Awesome!

emma_G said...

Found you from dollar store crafts. I love this project it looks fantastic.

Sarah said...

I just moved, and I think this is the motivation I need to put together my sewing area in my new house! I just have to find some cute boyish hand towels now!

Tammy said...

Oh goodness! Too cute!!! I want to make this!

p.s.phyllis sews said...

Fabulous idea and she looks adorable!

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

That's totally cute. I need you to teach me how to use my serger!

Kris said...

Another great tutorial!!! seriously super cute!!!

jen said...

absolutely adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Donna said...

So stinking cute! Will be making one for my 3 year old son & my 3 month old daughter!

L Johnson said...

That is adorable and so economical!

ambercrawleyphotography said...

woah this is amazing! i love it.

CraftCrave said...

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Angela Pea said...

TCFW!! (Too Cute for Words!)

You could substitute hand towels or regular bath towels for bigger kids...

Michelle L. said...

Beyond adorable, and your Jelly Bean looks edibly cute in it! Great tutorial!

Jen said...

Wow, so adorable! For $2?!?!! That's amazing, and so much cuter than ones that are already made :)

Erin Koch said...

Just saw this on be different; act normal and had to make one right away! I used 2 cute heart hand towels from target and it turned out adorable. Thanks for the easy directions!

Gail :) said...

I love it!!! THe perfect after pool robe!

Care said...

Erin,

Are you kidding me?? I want to see! Will you post to the flickr group or send me an email? :oD I am so excited my tutorial has been put to use already!!

Care.

Larissa said...

Just came over from Be Different Act Normal...I LOVE this. I am bookmarking it totally as something to do...I just wish I had a little girly to put that cute flower one on. Thanks for passing this tutorial on.

Larissa
Just Another Day in Paradise

Kari @ Ucreate said...

Care thank you for sharing this with me!!! LOVE IT!!

Amie said...

WOW! Genius! I love it!

Jana said...

Linking up-I love it!
Jana

Yvette said...

cute,cute, cute

Mysticiris said...

Cute cute...Thanks to U create for sharing your creation with me today!! It's adorable!!

Yellow House Knits said...

LOVE this so much I posted it on my blog:
http://yellowhouseknits.blogspot.com/

Country Mouse said...

This is so cute!!! What a wonderful idea!!

Rafahi Family said...

Oh my this is just adorable! I am going to make one for my little girl coming in just 4 weeks. Thanks for sharing!

Danielle Renee said...

I've been want to make something like this for my mister man. I love the dish towels you used!

casserole said...

oh, WOW! You continue to amaze me with your creative repurposing and rethinking of materials! And that little bathrobe is so stinkin' cute!!

I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-toddlers-bathrobe-from-inexpensive-dishtowels/2010/07/06/
--Anne

Bethany @ The Paper Pony said...

This is so darling- I love the towels you chose as well! Just great!

愛玲 said...

WOW!I LIKE IT!
Do you mind that I translate it in Mandarin?
I will mark it's from your blog.

Sarah and Chris said...

This is great! My son hates getting out of the tub and wrapped into a towel so this will be nice for him so he can still move while he gets a diaper on! I can't wait to sew one!

Ima said...

This is really cute. I linked to your tutorial on my blog (in Dutch) http://imaziet.blogspot.com You can also find there my version of your teepee-tent. :)

Holly @ Domestic Dork said...

Will you be getting a blog button any time soon? I'd like to link you.

Sofia said...

Hi there! from Portugal!! :)) Do you know why i visit you every day, even if you dont post? because i LOVE your work!!!! and you explain it so well! even me, can understand how we can do it! :) Congratulations for this great blog!
I hope you continue so inspired! Bjs Sofia

moiety said...

I've done something very similar for an adult-sized robe. It was based loosely on an instruction card that came with a pack of Caron towels my grandmother bought sometime in the 70s. Toddlers are less picky about the fit, for sure!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

AWW! That is so, so cute! Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

Tanya said...

Love it! Made one for my littlest guy and now the older one wants one, too!

http://sewmanydreams.blogspot.com/2010/07/towel-robe.html

figtwigg said...

I have looked all over the internet for a pattern for a baby bathrobe. I can find a few, but NONE are as cute as this one. Thank you so much for this website. Also, the little girl in the picture is adorable. :)

Ordinarylife said...

So cute!!

Liz said...

Thanks so much for sharing all your awesome ideas! I love your whole dollar store craft section. I linked this post on my blog ziggycrafts.blogspot

shaymaa said...

thanks i made it for my son I used a little bit taller towels cut them as you mentioned and the excess length of the fabric i used it to make a hood it was awesome

amanda said...

that is ADORABLE!!!

Joel Gardner said...

so cool, care!

Diana S said...

How cute! And I thought I was so clever making purses out of dollar tree dish towels. You win!

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Sherry said...

Thanks for sharing this. It is awesome. I just started taking my 2 year old grand daughter to the indoor pool and she is always cold when she gets out. This will be an expensive and practical item to have. It was so fast and easy to make. Thanks to your wonderful directions.

jaya pratheesh said...

lovely robe, very clrear tutorial. thank you for taking the time! i will try to make this from bigger towels for my 3 year old. thanks for the tute, and the cutie pics!

Auntie Chris said...

SWEET!!

Thais Wever said...

Thanks, it's a great idea ... and sure I'll put it into practice.

Claire- theSITSgirls.com said...

This is amazingly cute! The dollar store always has dishtowels and target has some super cute prints right now! Thanks for sharing!

http://www.thesitsgirls.com/get-paid-blogging

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