Find a sewing pattern you love, then marry it with comfy fabric and special touches.
If you’re thinking about mom this week, and have a day that you can dedicate to gift making, check out this cozy robe. With a favorite pattern, plus some clever choices when it comes to the fabric and special details, you can craft a one-of-a-kind gift that mom will really cherish.
We think she’s a beauty. For the most part, we followed a McCalls® sewing pattern, but we did adjust the tie waist (to incorporate our Dritz grommets), and add fold-over elastic edging. And that fabric … it’s a cotton waffle from Shannon Fabrics, and we think it’s just divine.
Here are the specifics about the supplies we used:
- McCalls sewing pattern (M7698)
- Shannon Fabrics 10 oz. Turkish waffle white (2 yards)
- Dritz 1″ fold-over elastic, white
- Dritz fashion grommets and hand tool to apply them
- Dritz quick turn tool
Follow the sewing pattern instructions, but see how we adjusted the tie waist and added fold-over elastic edging.
Narrow the tie width to 1″ and stitch each fabric piece separately. Add an angle to stitched ends so it will be easier to thread through grommets. Leave the other end open for turning. Use the Dritz quick turn to turn tubes right side out; press. Unfinished ends will be stitched into a seam.
Shorten one piece by about 12″ and stitch into left side seam at waist so it will be on the outside of the robe.
Complete entire robe without hemming sleeves or outside edge. Serge or zigzag stitch seams to prevent raveling.
Attach second tie piece to the inside of robe on right side. Position at the waist side seam.
Finish all hem edges with Dritz white 1″ fold-over elastic.
Apply one fashion grommet on each side of the robe’s front at the waist.
Apply another fashion grommet on outside robe front near right side seam, about 2″ from stitched tie.
Weave inside tie through underlap front edge grommet and then through outside fashion grommet near seam on overlap front.
Bring tie across front of waist on overlap and then through fashion grommet at front edge.
Tie a bow at side with both tie ends.
Have fun when you’re working with sewing patterns! Take the time to pick fabrics that enhance the pattern, and incorporate details that really give your handmade garments individual flair.