No matter if you’re a new sewist or have been sewing for a long time, sewing a robe is a must-try (at least once)! It’s a great way to test your skills, be creative and make something you can enjoy for years to come.
Here at Shannon Fabrics we’re personally fans of Indygo Junction’s Klassic Kimono Robe Pattern. It’s customizable depending on if you like your robe short, medium or long, and it works well with all of our fabrics — from terry cloth or Embrace® double gauze, to Cuddle® or Luxe Cuddle®.
This week, as part of our popular Sew Together Tuesday series, our National Educator Teresa Coates shares her tips on how to sew a robe. A handmade robe makes a great gift for friends and loved ones, or just sew one for yourself to enjoy lounging around the house after a warm shower or sitting outside on a chilly summer evening.
Here Teresa makes it easy by listing everything you’ll need to sew a robe, her tips to keep in mind while sewing and her video tutorial.
Fabrics and notions you’ll need to sew a robe
These products can be substituted for whatever you have on hand, but here is what Teresa recommends for her robe tutorial*:
- 3 1/2 yards of fabric (terry cloth, Embrace® double gauze, Cuddle® or Luxe Cuddle®)
- 1 yard of coordinating fabric for trim and belt (terry cloth, waffle cloth, cotton print, Embrace® double gauze, Cuddle® or Luxe Cuddle®)
- Klassic Kimono Robe Pattern by Indygo Junction
- Coordinating polyester thread
- 90/14 Stretch needle (Cuddle®) or 80/12 Universal (other fabrics)
- Rotary cutter or scissors
- Long, flower head pins
- Serger (optional)
Keep these tips in mind when sewing a robe
- When using terry cloth, serge all your edges of each piece before starting to sew.
- When using Embrace®, serge your edges before or after you have sewn the seams.
- When using Cuddle® and/or Luxe Cuddle®, you don't need to serge at all.
- Mix textures and colors to add interest to your robe.
- Some of the seams will be bulky when using terry cloth or Luxe Cuddle®, so you may need to hand turn the hand crank on your sewing machine.
- Use a walking foot with the Cuddle®, Luxe Cuddle® or terry cloth for easiest sewing.
Video tutorial: How to sew a robe
Mark your calendars — as part of Sew Together Tuesday, Teresa will be going LIVE on the Shannon Fabrics Facebook page at 10 am PDT on Tuesday July 21 and Wednesday July 22 to share her tips on how to make a robe.
Can't make it? Check back here at 12 pm pacific after each day's live video concludes for the embedded on-demand video.
Part 1: How to sew a robe
Part 2: How to sew a robe
Ready to start sewing a robe? Use our store locator to find a selection of our fabrics online or near you.