You made a robe out of a blanket? Why yes, yes I did. Blankets are the single most coziest and softest thing so if you have an extra one laying around, why not turn it into something wearable? That is exactly what I did. Plus, I didn’t spend a penny on this DIY, aren’t those the best kinds?
How soft and comfortable does that DIY bathrobe look?! And it actually is! I’m so stoked for this because I love the way it turned out and I hope I can help you turn a blanket into a robe too! Let’s jump into it…
- Blanket (or fabric)
- Sewing Machine (doesn’t have to be a serger)
- Sewing Clips
- Measuring Tape
Before we begin, it helps to have a robe on hand that fits you and that you can go off of for a pattern. Ok, now you will cut one large rectangle for the back piece and two skinnier rectangles (the same size) for the front pieces, like above. I placed my robe that I already had on top of the blanket and measured out the pieces according to that.
Place the skinny rectangle pieces next to each other and about 8 inches in the middle (so from the 8″ mark to the 16″ mark) is where you will cut down about 13 inches to make triangles like below.
This is what they will look like on top of the back piece.
For the sleeves, cut out two pieces of rectangles. Mine are about 22″ x 11″, and I folded them in half to look like the left. As you’ll notice throughout my tutorial, I used the hemmed edges of the blanket to my advantage to make it easier. I suggest doing this.
Place all of your pieces together and your robe will start to take shape. For the sleeves, make sure the hemmed edges are on the outer and the fold is on the top.
Clip the front pieces to the back piece, right sides together, and sew along the top. (I actually ended up cutting the hemmed edges off these pieces.)
SIDE NOTE: You can use any sewing machine or even sew by hand but I used my serger and it made things very easy and clean.
Clip the sleeves to the main piece, right sides together, and sew the edge to create a hole for your arm.
Clip the outer pieces like above and sew.
My sleeves were pretty baggy when I tried my robe on so I cut about 4 inches off the bottom of the sleeves and re-sewed them. Remember, you can always take away but never add back so cut wisely if you need to make your sleeves smaller.
Cut out a 3″ wide piece that is long enough to wrap around the neckline and down, like above. If you don’t have a seamless piece of the hemmed edge of blanket left, you can sew pieces together which is what I did.
Hem the bottom of your robe. I just serged it and like how it left a wavy look. If you want, you can fold it in and sew to give it a look similar to the rest of the hems.
Make the belt out of the rest of the hemmed edge of the blanket. I had just enough of it left! For length, go off of a robe you already have. Then make two loop pieces to sew by hand onto the robe, where the side seams are. Make sure your loops are big enough for your belt to go through.
That’s it! You now have a robe made out of a blanket. Pretty cool, huh?
I think I might be addicted to making DIY bathrobes now. Time to go to the store and get some silk fabric!