Kids’ Bathrobe Sewing Tutorial

Kids Bathrobe sewing tutorial
 I’m super excited to share this Bathrobe tutorial today. I’m trying to sew-a-long with Project Run and Play and this robe is my first submission. The theme this week is Winter Wonderland…and my idea of a fun winter day is in a cozy robe, by the fireplace! The great thing about this tutorial is that you can make it from ANY shirt pattern you already own.. yes, I’ve set it up to be easy an versatile, just like that! This took me only an hour to sew up {including photographing as I went along!}, so it’s a quick easy project with a fun result. I used the Peek-A-Boo pattern Hangout Hoodie, but any shirt pattern will do. Let me show you how.

Kids bathrobe tutorial

 You will need:
A pattern with a sleeve and front/back that fits your child. {you want to make at least a size larger than normal so it will fit over Pjs}
A hood pattern piece {or a hood to trace}
Fabric {1.5 yrds} + some scraps for trim
Take a look at my pieces above. I cut them both a full size larger, and the bottom of the sleeves {cuff end} the largest size. I didn’t want the cuffs tight. This pattern doesn’t have an open front, so I left some extra pattern on the middle too, for extra room. If you don’t have a hood pattern piece, use any hood and make a pattern. Hoods do not have to be fitted! {Yeah!}
 Measure your child to find out how long you want it to be and extend the patter that length. I didn’t add any fullness to the bottom, as I had already increase the whole top.  Cut the back on the fold and the front with two sides.
 Make sure the back of the neck comes up higher than the front.
 I just used scraps for the trim, so I cut and pieced it together. I used the star fabric for the hood and waist tie and the blue fleece for the right and left side of the front. I used the same blue fleece for the hood, so it was all coordinating. Cut each 3″ wide.
 Now, start sewing. Sew the shoulder seams and attach the arms. Hem the sleeves and sew up the side seams.
 Sew up the middle of your hood and attach to your neckline. You could also leave the hood off entirely if wanted.
Now, you will add your trim. I put the stars on the hood and the blue on the sides, so I had to piece it together a bit. You can also just use one long strip.  Fold the edging wrong sides together and sew up one side, around the hood and down the other.
 Then, fold back the seam and top-stitch to hold it down. You can hem the bottom at this point.
 Here’s my finished hood.
 Use another piece of the edging, also 3″ wide to make the tie. Sew this one right sides together and turn for the waist tie…. I also made two belt loops to keep it on the robe. Measure where to put these by using your child as a model.
 Add your sewing label and that’s it!!! If you have any tips to add to this tutorial please let me know in the comments.
 And…. I just love my new sewing labels! I just ordered from World Sale Label. The design options and customer service are incredible.. The labels are also a great price with tons of options. If you sew and don’t have labels, I would sightly recommend them. Check out their Etsy shop for details… they will also be happy to work with you on a custom order, like they did for me.
We also plan to use this as a cover up when we head down to the jacuzzi in our apartment clubhouse.
 Jack got a little silly at the end of our shoot…
 So here it is! A bathrobe just made from any shirt pattern. I hope this tutorial was helpful and I would love to hear your feedback…
 For more kid cuteness:
I also used the Hangout Hoodie pattern to make this Dino coat for my youngest. 
And just the regular Hangout Hoodie
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Emily is a stay at home mom to two crazy boys {which she adores} , one equally crazy daughter and one amazing husband. She loves to sew, but also dabbles in crafting and recipes. Her faith, friends and family keep her going and motivated. Come along for the ride!

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  1. Great tutorial! It looks like your son loves it! I know my son would love this next summer when we start going swimming all the time!

  2. I love it! Took me forever, but I couldn’t wait to get over & read this post!!

  3. Thanks for all the work you did on the tutorial. I’ll be using this when (if!) the weather warms up and we head to the pool again.

  4. Jenya @ While she was sleeping says:

    What a wonderful rope! Thank you for the tutorial :)

  5. Really excellent tutorial. It looks very warm and cosy.

  6. Lovely tutorial. Bathrobes are so essential with little ones!

  7. Pam @Threading My Way says:

    I would never have thought of using a shirt pattern for a bathrobe, Emily… great thinking. Fabulous tutorial and a beaut looking robe.

  8. Nice robe – I like where you mixed in the solid color. thanks for the tutorial!

  9. Cute!

  10. RaeAnna Goss says:

    That is awesome! People are always asking for robe patterns – great tutorial!

  11. Great robe! The tutorial is straightforward and you make it look easy :)

  12. Shaffer Sisters says:

    This is such a great winter wonderland look. Great Job!!
    with love,

  13. This is so great–I was literally just thinking this morning that I need to make bathrobes for my kids, who are WAY too big for the baby hooded towels we keep using when they get out of the bath! Thanks for making a tutorial!

  14. Great robe! The photos show your son loves it too!

  15. Angela Kijauskas says:

    Thanks for a great tutorial. Sure does look easy. That hangout hoody is one useful pattern!

  16. Karly Nelson says:

    I love the pictures of your son! Great tutorial!!

  17. Great tutorial. he looks happy with it,

  18. It came out great! Great job!

  19. Kari Steiger says:

    Fun! And what a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial!

  20. CicelyIngleside says:

    I never would have thought of this but I must try it! Thanks for the tutorial.

  21. Cute robe!

  22. So cute! You did a great job!

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