Reen Wilcoxson from Embroidery Garden, here! We all love to be pampered, even our furry friends! As a treat for our miniature dachshunds who are sisters, I made them matching spa robes to put on after bath time.
The pattern for the robe is self-drafted from an old winter coat they wore. I basically made it wider to fit looser, kept the front open and added a simple hood. Shannon Fabrics 10-ounce Turkish Waffle in White was the perfect choice for the robes. It’s soft, absorbent, easy to sew and has that wonderful spa look and feel. I used my serger to quickly stitch and finish off the inside seams of the robes. A sewing machine would work just as well.
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I needed to finish the edge all around the robe and Cuddle® 3 in Blush added a soft feminine touch. I cut strips 1.5” wide and used them as binding. The strips were stitched along the front side of the robes using ¼” seam.
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The opposite edge was folded over to the back side and stitched in place using an elongated serpentine stitch (S). The belts are also made using strips of Blush to loosely tie around the girls to keep the robes in place. When sewing the strips of Cuddle® 3 together, remember to pin a lot to keep them from shifting.
Of course, they needed their robes monogrammed. I decided to use an applique circle using the Blush as the background for the letter to add just a bit more color. It was easy to machine embroider on the Cuddle® 3 over the Waffle.
Here are some tips and the supplies I used
- Cutaway stabilizer.
- Print a template of your design to find the perfect placement.
- Use polyester embroidery thread.
- Use a plastic film topper made for machine embroidery. This will keep the embroidery stitches from sinking into the pile of the Cuddle®.
- Flat flower head pins to hold the topper in place.
- Small sharp applique scissors for trimming.
After determining the placement for the monogram using a printed template, I hooped the stabilizer and pinned the robe to it securely. The first step stitched a placement guide. A piece of Cuddle® Blush (larger than the placement) was centered over the guide. The next step stitched the Cuddle® in place. The Cuddle® was trimmed around close to the stitching. The film topper was placed on top and pinned down. The letter was stitched next followed by the satin stitch edge of the applique. Remove the film topper and you’re done.
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