Making robes at home using towels is an economical and environmentally-friendly alternative to purchasing new robes in the store while throwing away old towels at home. A towel destined for the trash bin can be resurrected and transformed into a fashionable beach cover-up robe or a robe for wear around the house after a shower. The robe is simple to make and can be made in less than 30 minutes with little previous sewing experience, and even less time by a more experienced seamstress with a sewing machine.
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Things you need
- Bath towel (one or two)
- 1/2-inch-wide elastic (2 to 3 feet)
- Terrycloth fabric (1 square foot)
Lay a towel on a flat surface so that it is positioned portrait-style in front of you. If you are using an oversized bath towel, you will likely only require one towel and can skip the next step. If you are using a standard size bath towel, you may need two towels. Lay the second towel out beside the first in portrait-style.
Align one long edge of the first towel with one long edge of the second towel. Pin the two towels together. Use a straight stitch on the sewing machine or by hand to join the edges together, approximately 1/4 inch from the edge.
Fold over 1/2-inch of the edge nearest to you and iron the fold to create a crease. Fold over another inch of fabric on the same edge and pin the fold in place. Use a straight stitch on the sewing machine or by hand to sew the fold in place approximately 3/4-inch away from the fold line.
Wrap a sewing tape measure around your chest snugly to measure the circumference. Use this measurement to cut a piece of 1/2-inch-wide elastic to the same measurement. Attach one end of the elastic to the end of a safety pin or diaper pin and thread the pin through the opening left in the fold that was just sewn.
Fold over 1/2-inch of elastic at each end of the towel and sew each end in place at the edges of the towel.
Cut a piece of Velcro to a length of approximately 5 inches. Sew the Velcro to the top edge of the towel. If you have joined two towels together, make sure that you sew the Velco on the same side of the towels as the seam line. Cut a 5-inch coordinating piece of Velcro and sew it onto the opposite top end of the towel.
Add straps to the robe by trying on the robe and measuring the distance from the top of the towel in the front to the top of the towel in the back. Cut two 1 1/2-inch-wide pieces of coordinating terrycloth fabric to the obtained measurement plus 1 inch. Sew the straps to the inside of the towel robe.
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