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A Fun Toddler Beach Robe!

July 31, 2011

cute toddler beach robe pattern
I recently found an awesome beach robe pattern at Made (www.dana-made-it.com) and decided to try to make it before our beach trip last week.

So I got this cute cow towel, and then a plain yellow towel for the belt.

Change from pattern: I originally followed the instructions to make the two separate ties that attach on the sides of the robe, but wasn't completely happy with it because the ties ended up hanging down onto the ground and then I was constantly worried R would trip on them. I also decided I liked the way the robe looked with the belt all the way across the back better. So I took the two belt pieces out of the side seams, and attached them in the middle. Since the seam looked funny, I put a strip of double fold bias tape across the seam to hide it. I also put two darts in the back so that it wouldn't be so big on my little skinny minny.

Although the robe took longer than I expected and more steps than my short attention span can usually handle, I finally got through it.

…and it was definitely worth it!  I love it, and more importantly, R loves it!  She wore it a ton this week and I LOVED seeing her in it!

Change from pattern: I lined the ends of the sleeves with yellow fabric (the same one that I used to line the hood) so that when the sleeves are folded up, you can see the lining. Then I used embroidery thread to sew the proximal edge of it down (the sleeve was too small for me to sew it with the machine, so I figured I would make a design element out of it).

Sadly, I didn’t get any pictures of her in it on the beach…

But she enjoyed it plenty at home as well!

…and so did tigy…

Don’t you want to make one too?

Check out the pattern here!

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2011 1:58 PM

    If I knew anything about sewing, I would definitely want to make this – so cute!!

  2. July 31, 2011 11:35 PM

    Very cute robe and I love the cow print and little hood! Good solution for the belt as well. Very unique robe, your little girl will have lots of style!

  3. mukta permalink
    August 2, 2011 10:47 PM

    Subha that looks great ! It reminded me of my time when I used to do stitching.

  4. August 3, 2011 3:32 PM

    so so cute, what makes your stuff even better is the fabric you select!!

    I need to make curtains to hide some storage in our basement. I was thinking floor to ceiling, but I have no idea where to start or even how I’d hang them. If you have any ideas I’d be so thankful!!!

    • August 3, 2011 10:37 PM

      i have seen some cool hanging fabric at ikea, and it looks like they basically install a track on the ceiling, and then put very simple hook attachments at the top of the fabric and hang it from the track. You could even put large eyelets or grommets in the top of the fabric, and then hang them through those. You could install a track in the ceiling, or if it is in the basement and you don’t want to spend as much time on it, you could just put hooks straight into the ceiling and loop the grommets through the hoops. For the bottom, you may want to so a dowel rod into the fabric – but this means that the curtain couldn’t be scrunched up – i.e. you would need a track so you could push the whole curtain aside. To do this, you could basically make a wide hem along the bottom and slip a dowel rod into it before hemming the sides. This would just help keep the fabric straight. I’m not expert….but I hope that helps get your creative ideas flowing!

      by the way – as far as fabric – that is going to be alot! you could sign up for coupons from Jo-Ann’s and then one to buy fabric. They send out a 40-50% off coupon almost weekly. Or lately I have been buying a lot of stuff from fabric.com – they have daily specials and a lot of good stuff on clearance. Hope that helps!

      • August 11, 2011 6:01 AM

        It does help thank you!!! I attempted to calculate the fabric once and was a bit surprised, but thanks to places like fabric.com and coupons I’m hoping it wont be too bad. I’ll have to check ikea out, haven’t been there in a while. Thanks for all the ideas!!!!!

      • August 15, 2011 11:37 AM

        no problem – glad I could help!

  5. Rachel permalink
    July 23, 2013 11:25 AM

    This is so cute! Where did you get the towel?

    • July 23, 2013 1:42 PM

      Thanks! I can’t remember, but I want to say Walmart!

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