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elvesparklydoodas
« on: June 25, 2010 04:28:14 AM »

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The bathrobe was made from 2 beach towels on special offer! :p Have been wanting new bathrobes for ages, but too expensive for me.  Got these towels instead for 8 for 2!  Cheesy

First wash and dry the towels! Then cut off the top 18" from both towels.

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Cut the binding off one of the 18" offcuts and cut in half (the other one makes a good hand towel)

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Then cut the other towel in half lengthways, swap the sides over so the bound edge of the towel is in the centre, for the front opening of the bathrobe.

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neaten all the raw edges from cutting, using a deep zigzag stitch on the machine. I set mine to 4 zigzag and 2 on normal stitch.

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sew the back to the 2 front pieces at the shoulder seams, right sides facing each other - sew about 10" along from the shoulder edge (if it's too big on the neck you can easily sew a bit further by hand like I did, after trying it on)

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With son's robe, I then sewed up the side seams, sewed the sleeves into tubes, and set the sleeves into the gaps I'd left in the side seams. With mine I opened up the shoulder seam flat

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opened the whole thing up flat, right side up

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found the centre of the sleeve piece by folding in half (use the bound edge for the cuff)

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matched this to the shoulder seam and pinned

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opened out the sleeve piece flat and pinned to the body of the robe, right sides facing each other

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sewed both sleeves on - this is what it looks like opened up after sewing

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folded the robe in half again, right sides inside

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inserted a ribbon loop for the belt carrier - loop to the INSIDE of the robe, roughly at a square angle from the sleeve cuff

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pinned and sewed each side from the cuff down to the hem in one go. When you do the underarm there is 6 layers of towelling! So to get the machine to sew through this thickness, lift up the presser foot while you go round that bit. To turn corners leave the needle down in the fabric and pivot the garment. And you're done! Of course if I had a car and money I'd have gone shopping for some MATCHING ribbon and a cord for a belt, but I'm a make-do-and-mender  Cheesy
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dr_marti
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2010 05:52:12 AM »

I love this!  What a clever idea and gorgeous fabric.
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SMLounsbury
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2010 06:03:13 AM »

Great tute!  And great idea.  I have a few beach towels that could be used this way.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2010 06:05:10 AM »

That's awesome! I'll be keeping my eye out for sale towels to make a few for around the pool. Nicely done Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2010 07:20:40 AM »

Great Idea and wonderful tut. This is awesome for the pool, beach or the bathroom. Thank you
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2010 09:12:02 AM »

Excellent tutorial! The finished product looks very comfortable.
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2010 10:07:07 AM »

It's adorable and thanks for the tutorial! I WILL be making a few for me and my girls!
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riverun
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2010 08:02:30 PM »

Perfect Timing  Smiley  I soooooooo need a new bathrobe and haven't been able to find anything I like in the stores.  Maybe they save them all for Christmas sales/presents?  Anyhow, I will definitely take a look at your tute and see if I can do this  Smiley  Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2010 01:25:17 AM »

thanks for your comments everyone  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2010 05:36:58 AM »

So Ingenious! I WANT one!!!! I'll have to try this sometime.
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