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« on: November 10, 2005 01:42:05 PM »

I haven't seen anything like this on the boards so far, but I'm new and might have (probably) missed something...  I started making these as baby shower gifts after coming up with the design for my little guy (we have NO counter space and thus nowhere to put a towel when we bathed him in the sink).  My son's big enough for the tub now, and this is still a great help.  You can fold the bottom up and around the baby after you pull him/her out of the water, too!  I of course got all excited about maybe selling the thing, then saw something similar in a baby magazine a few months later... you know how that goes...  turns out the idea's not as original as I thought!!  Hope you enjoy- I'm glad to give instructions if anyone wants them. 

Yes, this was actually a TRIPLE baby shower...  no way could I afford three different gifts.  The bather-thingy's pretty much just a towel with a head-hole in it and some hem tape (sewn shut) for the apron strings.  The pockets in the front are made out of washcloths, and then stuffed with more little washcloths (since I bought them in a discount pack, there were plenty extras).  Thanks for looking!!!
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2005 03:14:54 PM »

How Clever! so are they to keep mommy dry during the bath or to dry off baby after the bath lol. My mom one time made a beach coat for my niece out of a bath towel, it so cool I have it now for my daughter!

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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2005 06:03:46 AM »

This is a very nice and handy idea!
Even though it's already been made, you could still make them and sell them on a web site or on Ebay.
You just probably need to make up a new name for them and have them be a little different then the ones you've seen.
Isn't it amazing how people can come up with the same ideas without ever meeting?

I for one would like more information on how to make one. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2005 07:39:47 AM »

Thanks for the comments chattyKathi and Julieko! 
To chattyKathi:  I wonder if your Mom's beach coat is at all similar to a bathrobe I made for my son from a towel (from an old pattern I saw somewhere online... I would LOVE to give credit but can't remember the site!!):

To Julieko:
I'll post pics the next time my little guy takes a *decent* nap and I figure out how to do a tutorial, but here's the basic outline of how to make a bather:  You could probably do this by hand, just make sure you have a good thimble or something...
One good size bath towel (can be as long as you are, but not much longer or you'll trip)
One small washcloth (or half of one large washcloth)
One package of Extra-Wide Double Fold hem tape* to match/contrast with the towel
Something to mark the towel with (doesn't have to be a fabric marker; it will eventually be covered completely- I use a sharpie)

*One note about the hem tape:  I only use this because I'm lazy and don't take the time to use good-looking fabric, so if you actually know how to sew binding-type stuff on, you could use fabric scraps instead.

Step 1:  Making the head hole
If your towel has a border on the short ends, make sure your head hole doesn't go into it.  If you want a V-necked bather, you can just draw the shape right onto the towel and then cut it out.  For a circular-shape (what I find is the easiest to do), lay the towel out flat, then fold the top flap (short edge) down so that there is about 5 inches or so between the fold and the start of the border (if no border, give at least 10 inches between fold and towel edge).  Then pick up the towel by the fold, and fold the LONG edges together (with the first flap on the outside).  Now you can cut an arc around the point (about 3 or 4 inches away).  Unfold and you should have a circular head hole!  This is messy, BTW, so I would keep a lint roller or some tape handy to pick up the little towel-bits...

Step 2:  Putting hem tape on the head hole
I'm not sure how to describe this very well, but I don't measure out the hem tape or anything.  I just start with the tape right out of the package (and stuff the rest of the package in my shirt to keep it out of the way) and apply it to the head hole, starting where the hole is closest to what will be the back of the bather.  Go all the way around the head hole and overlap the hem tape a little (trim off excess hem tape).  Keep the rest of the hem tape handy for your apron strings.

Step 3:  Putting on the apron strings
Cut the remaining hem tape into one long piece the same length as the long side of your towel.  Then cut that piece in half.  At this point I put the bather on and figure out where I want my strings to go, but if you have your hair done up and don't want to risk it, just attach them at about the halfway point on each side- using a pen to mark where that is.  I like to put my strings a little higher than the midpoint because then I can wrap more of the towel around the baby while holding him.  I also like to sew the hem tape shut, but I've made them both ways (open and shut) and who really looks at the strings anyways??  Voila!  Now you're done unless you want to add a pocket.

Step 4:  Adding a pocket if you want one (or ten)
Use an entire small washcloth or a large washcloth cut in half or whatever shape you want- just be sure to finish the cut edge with some hem tape.  Yes, I'm obsessed with the stuff.   Roll Eyes  Then figure out where you want the pocket and sew it on.  For mine, I place the pocket so that the top edge is just about (or a littler higher than) where the apron strings are attached.  This way the pocket doesn't sag open when the bather's on.   

If you want your bather to be reversible, I would suggest leaving the pocket off entirely (otherwise you might feel weird wearing a towel "inside-out"). 
Please let me know if this makes sense!!!!  Especially if there's a specific part you would like pics of!!
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2005 08:08:26 AM »

What a clever idea!  I have never seen anything like it, so it's certainly original to me.  Maybe I'll give it a try Smiley  Thank you!

« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2005 06:38:57 PM »

oh thats cute too, I should take a pic of the beach coat I know right where it is.

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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2005 01:49:14 AM »

Oh my gosh!  I had this idea, too!  About two years ago, when my middle child was little and I was bathing her by myself.  I thought about how cool it would be to have a towel that tied onto me, that I could just untie and wrap around baby when she gets out of the tub.  It's one of those things that I always meant to make, but never found time for.  I guess great minds think alike, eh?  Good job, though - yours look very nice!

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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2005 08:53:12 PM »

I have older "babies" who think splashing mom is AWESOME so I'm considering making one for myself!

« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2005 09:06:26 AM »

Thanks for the wonderful comments!!  If you're thinking of making one yourself, please be encouraged- this thing doesn't take long to make AT ALL- plus, you can use an old towel that you already have.  Post some pics!  I'd love to see how different the bathers (or mommy-protectors...) can look.
To recycled_earth: That's so cool.  Your thoughts and mine were exactly the same!  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2010 01:21:28 AM »

Jutybo, you simply are a genius!  Thank you so much for posting this.  I had been looking for something like this for my GS but didn't like what I saw til I saw this.  Thank you!  I did do them slightly differently.  Since I've never done the bias tape thing and haven't done it well I decided to just fold over the cut parts and sew them in.  I also slit the neck hole then put Velcro on both short sides.  I find that it's easier to take off this way.  One side at a time and wrap the ends on the little tike's head while transporting him from bath room to bedroom.
Again thank you so much jutybo for the inspiration.  (In fact, now the DIL's sister asked for 4 also)
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« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2010 05:29:03 AM »

I'm so glad you made one, Jinjeet!  I hope you get the pics working so I can see what you mean- I think we've done the same thing.  A couple of the ones I've made more recently have the slit from the back of the neckhole to the edge of the towel, but instead of Velcro I just extended the bias tape and tied at the back of the neck.  You can make your own bias tape from long strips of scrap fabric and folding/pressing the long edges in (like a giant hot dog bun) if you have any trouble with fraying in the wash.
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« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2010 11:55:39 AM »

Thank you Jutybo.  I didn't make one I've made 5 of them.  I started off with one then my DIL wanted more so I just made 4 more and am about to make another 2 for her sister who just had a baby and thought I'd give 2 to a friends daughter who just had a little girl (decided that today when I saw towels on sale at the supermarket.)
I did what you wrote and took a small dinner plate for the hole, overlocked the part I cut out then made a small hem in it.  Put Velcro on the two sides at the "cut". I'm sure I could make bias tape but the few times I've tried to sew it onto something it was awful so this is my compromise. It didn't fray (thank goodness) cause of the hem.
I hope I succeed in posting small pictures of them.

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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2010 04:57:29 PM »

@Jinjeet Phoenix- Yours look GREAT!!
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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2010 10:19:44 PM »

Thank you and thank you for your guidance.
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« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2010 02:30:50 PM »

I love these Bathers! 2 of my daughters, and my DiL are all pregnant and I believe I will make one for all 3 of them.  Wish I'd seen these 25 years ago.  lol

Do you happen to have a tute on the bathrobe made from a towel?  My oldest granddaughter would love one made from a Princess beach towel she has.

Thanks for posting this!  Smiley

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« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2010 05:12:48 AM »

Wow thanks for the super cute idea, I am going to make one for my soon to be a new first time mommy sister! Thank you!

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Earthie- I sent you a message.  Smiley
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