Hi, creative friends! Have you ever met a child who doesn’t love to wear a robe?! I certainly have not, and my children are no exception. They love to have a snuggly robe to wear on chilly mornings, after bath time, and just to be cozy while watching their favorite movie! I’m Abby from Sew Much Ado, and today I’m sharing a free pattern to make a hooded fleece robe!
The free pattern is sized 3/4T, but as robes are generously sized, it will likely fit a size above and below that size range as well. Just remember to add or remove length as needed!
Growing up, my favorite movie was Beauty and the Beast, and I love to see my little four-year-old loving it just as much! This new Beauty and the Beast fleece from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is so right up her alley, and I knew it would be perfect for a new snuggly robe for her! You’ll be able to find in at your local JOANN store starting the week of March 6, 2017!
Let’s get to work!
Hooded Robe Supplies:
• Anti-pill Fleece (you can find this Beauty and the Beast fleece in your local store the week of March 6, 2017!) – 2 yds (60” wide)
• basic sewing supplies – thread, pins, scissors, etc
Download the FREE HOODED ROBE PATTERN HERE. Print the pattern pages at 100% (make sure printer is not set to scale) and tape together following diagram below.
*Pattern is sized 3/4T.
*All seam allowances are ½” unless otherwise noted. Use either a serger or a narrow and long zig zag stitch to accommodate the stretch in fleece.
Cut fabric as directed on pattern pieces. Be sure to pay attention to the greatest degree of stretch when placing pattern pieces.
• Binding – 3.5”x66.5” (greatest degree of stretch should be across width of strip)
• Tie – 4”x46” (greatest degree of stretch should be across width of strip)
Turn the top of pocket 1” toward the right side of the pocket and stitch from top folded edge to folded raw edge on each side. Clip corners and turn right side out. Stitch close to raw edge near the top of the pocket to secure in place. Repeat for the other pocket.
Turn side and bottom edges of each pocket ½” toward wrong side and pin to right side of robe front as marked on the pattern piece. Stitch alongside and bottom edges, close to folded edge, to secure pockets in place.
Right sides together, pin and stitch front and back pieces together at each shoulder.
Right sides together, pin and stitch hood pieces together along center back/top curve. With seam allowances to one side, topstitch ¼” from stitch line to secure seam allowances. If using a serger, topstitching is optional whenever mentioned, and should be reduced to 1/8” from the stitch line if used due to the small remaining seam allowance.
*Tip: if using a fabric other than fleece, you may choose to finish the visible seam allowances with bias tape for a more clean look.
Right sides together, pin and stitch bottom curve of the hood to robe neckline. With seam allowances away from the hood, topstitch ¼” from stitch line to secure seam allowances.
Right sides together, pin and stitch one sleeve to one armhole, matching front and back notches. Repeat with opposite sleeve and armhole.
To make tie loops, fold each tie loop piece in half along the length and stitch together at raw edges. Use a safety pin to turn each tie right side out.
Pin and baste ends of one tie loop to each front piece, placing as marked on the front pattern piece.
Beginning at bottom of sleeve, pin one sleeve right sides together, then continue to pin front and back side seams together, ending at bottom of robe. Stitch continuously along pinned edge from the bottom of the sleeve to robe hem (be sure that tie loops are toward inside of robe and only ends are caught in stitches). Repeat for opposite sleeve/side seam.
Turn and pin the bottom of each sleeve 1” toward the wrong side and stitch in place close to the raw edge (it’s a good idea to try it on the recipient to check for length before stitching the sleeve and robe hems!).
Turn and pin the bottom of robe 1” toward the wrong side and stitch in place close to raw edge.
Right sides together, fold the binding in half at each short edge and stitch from raw edges to fold. Trim corners and turn right side out.
Wrong sides together, fold the binding piece in half along the length. Pin to the robe, matching raw edges, from bottom front hem on one side of robe front, towards and around the hood, and back down to other bottom front hem. Stitch along pinned edge.
With seam allowances toward robe, topstitch ¼” from stitch line to secure seam allowances.
To make the tie, fold and pin tie piece in half along the length and stitch along raw edges. Use a safety pin to turn tie right side out.
Turn raw edges at each end of tie ½” toward the inside of tie and pin in place. Topstitch around all four sides of the tie, ¼” from edges.
Insert tie through tie loop on each side.