How to Sew a DIY Robe

A colorful robe hanging in a bathroom

The Spruce Crafts / Stacy Fisher

Project Overview
  • Working Time: 2 hrs
  • Total Time: 2 hrs
  • Yield: 1 robe
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Estimated Cost: $30

Take lounging to the next level with a DIY robe that will keep you extra comfy and cozy any time of year. This homemade robe is the perfect garb for a lazy Sunday, and you'll never want to take it off. It's made out of warm fleece but has a flowy silhouette that makes it breathable. Follow our guide, measure precisely, and you'll have a gorgeous, homemade robe in no time—no pattern necessary.

This is a kimono-style robe, which means that it's easier to sew than your standard robe and it also creates a trendy silhouette that's made to fit your body and your measurements. There are no pattern pieces to mess with: You simply measure, cut, and sew. Make one for yourself, as a gift, or both! Who wouldn't want a cozy fleece robe?

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine


  • 2 to 3 yards fleece fabric
  • Matching thread


  1. Take Your Measurements

    Use your measuring tape to measure your bust and hip. The biggest of these numbers will be used to determine the waist of your robe. Since most robes are loose, you may want to add a few inches to this number for ease, unless you're looking for a fitted robe. (I added 3 extra inches to make mine extra comfy.)

    Now you'll want to decide how long you want your robe to be. Measure from your shoulder to where you want the bottom of your robe to be. Longer robes offer more coverage but can get tangled around the legs, while shorter robes leave more bared skin: Most robes end just above or below the knee. Take the measurement and write it down, this will be your length.

    Decide on how long you want your sleeves to be. Measure from your shoulder down your arm, stopping at where you want the sleeves to stop. You can make them as short or as long as you like, but a Kimono robe usually has sleeves that end just below the elbow.

  2. Determine How Much Fabric You Need

    Take your length number and multiply this number by 2. This will determine how many yards of fabric you want to buy. I chose to make a long robe, so I bought 2.5 yards of fabric. You may need to buy more or less fabric depending on how long you chose your robe to be.

    Fleece fabric, scissors, a measuring tape, and a pin cushion
     Stacy Fisher
  3. Fold Your Fabric

    Take your fabric and fold it together, rights sides together and wrong sides out, matching the short sides of the fabric. The folded edge should be at the top.

    Folded fleece fabric
    Stacy Fisher 
  4. Fold and Pin

    Fold the two sides of the fabric together. Pin these two sides together, through all four layers of fabric.

    Fleece fabric and a pin cushion
     Stacy Fisher
  5. Cut the Length of the Robe

    Now it's time to cut the final length of the robe. Take the length measurement you found in Step 1, and add 1/2 inch to account for the hem. Measure from the folded edge of the fabric and then make a mark where you want the length of the robe to stop. Cut a straight line straight across, through all the layers of fabric.

    Fabric being measured and cut
     Stacy Fisher
  6. Mark the Sleeves

    Starting at the top folded edge, measure down the sides of the fabric the number you decided you'd like for the length. Make a mark on each side.

    Measuring and marking fabric for sleeves
    Stacy Fisher 
  7. Mark the Waist

    Take your waist measurement from Step 1 and divide it in half. From the mark you just made for the sleeve on the folded side of the fabric, measure in the amount for the waist. Draw a line the entire length of the robe. Where the sleeve and waist meet should form an L-shape.

    Marking and measuring fabric for the waist
    Stacy Fisher
  8. Cut the Fabric

    Cut along the L-shaped marks to cut out the shape of the robe. Remove any remaining pins.

    Cutting an L shape in the fabric with scissors
    Stacy Fisher 
  9. Open and Pin the Robe

    Open up the fabric so you have two layers of fabric that are forming the robe shape. Pin the sleeves and sides of the robe.

    Pinning the sides of the robe
     Stacy Fisher
  10. Cut the Front of the Robe

    Through the top layer only, cut down the length of the center of the robe to create the front of the robe.

    Cutting the front of the robe
    Stacy Fisher 
  11. Sew the Side Seams and Sleeves

    Using your sewing machine, sew down the pinned sides and sleeves of the robe with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Turn inside out so the right sides are now on the outside.


    Be careful not to sew together the armholes of the robe.

  12. Hem Your Front Panels

    Fold the edge of both the front panels to the inside by 1/2 inch to create a hem. Sew a straight line down the entire hem with a 1/4 inch seam allowance to secure.

    Pinning the hem for the front panels of the robe
    Stacy Fisher 
  13. Hem the Sleeves Bottom of the Robe

    Fold the sleeve edges and the bottom edge of the robe to the inside, about 1/2 inch. Sew all the way along the hem to finish using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

    Pinning the hem on the bottom of the robe
    Stacy Fisher
  14. Optional: Create a Robe Belt

    If you'd like to be able to secure your robe, you can make a simple robe belt out of a piece of fabric. Use your leftover scraps to cut one piece of fabric to 60 inches by 3 inches. If you'd like, fold the edges wrong sides together by 1/2 inch and sew to create hems. Now it's time to sit back and enjoy your new comfy robe.

    A robe hanging in a bathroom
    Stacy Fisher