How to Sew a Simple Towel Robe or Beach Cover-Up

Terry cloth robe
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    Materials Needed to Sew a Towel Robe

    Free Sewing Pattern to Sew a Simple Towel Robe or Beach Cover Up from Two Matching Towels
    Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This easy-to-sew towel robe is a simple project for anyone with a bit of sewing machine experience. All you need is a couple bath towels and matching thread. It makes a comfy house robe or you can wear it as a beach cover-up.

    This is not the best project if it's your first time sewing. The terry cloth that towels are made of makes it difficult to rip out the stitches if an error occurs. Yet, you can save it for later when you're comfortable with your machine and ready for a bit of a challenge.

    Materials:

    • Two towels: Bath towels will make a robe for children or small adult. Beach towels or bath sheets are recommended to make a robe for an adult.
    • Thread to match the towels
    • A sewing machine
    • Measuring tape
    • Pins
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    Shoulder Seams

    Shoulder Seams
    Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    1. Place the towels right sides together, aligning the edges.
    2. Pin the ends of the top of the towels together.
    3. Mark the center of the top edges.
    4. Measure outward, 5 to 7 inches on each side of the center (for a 10- to 14-inch opening for the head to go through), depending on the size of the head that will be wearing the robe. (Mark A)
    5. Sew a seam using a 1/2-inch (or the width of the towel hem) seam allowance from Mark A to the side edge.
    6. Open the towels out flat with the seam up.
    7. Press the seams open.
    8. Press the same amount as the seam allowance on both sides of the neckline area.
    9. Sew the seam allowances down to the body of the towel, sewing as close to the edge of the seam allowance as possible and sewing from one edge to the other edge on both seam allowances.
    10. Test the fit over the head.
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    Finish Shoulder Seam and Neckline

    Finish Shoulder Seam and Neckline on a two towel robe
    Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    1. Open the towels out flat with the seam up.
    2. Press the seams open.
    3. Press the same amount as the seam allowance on both sides of the neckline area.
    4. Sew the seam allowances down to the body of the towel, sewing as close to the edge of the seam allowance as possible and sewing from one edge to the other edge on both seam allowances.
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    Sew the Side Seams

    Sew the Side Seams on a towel robe
    Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    1. Place wrong sides together again, aligning the side edges.
    2. Measure 10 to 14 inches down from the shoulder seam on each side for the start of the side seams. (10 inches for a small adult; 15 inches for a large to extra large adult.)
    3. Sew a 10- to 15-inch side seam starting at the above measurement working toward the hemline, using a 1/2-inch (or the hem edges) as a seam allowance.
    4. Do not sew the entire side so that walking in the robe is comfortable.
    5. Backstitch at the ends of the seams to reinforce them.