Fun Crafts: How To Make A Personalized Monogrammed Robe

In just a few hours, whip up monogrammed robes for every member of the family! Kids and adults alike will enjoy this fun craft project.

For this project, you will need the following materials:

-Sewing machine

-4 yards of fabric (recommended: flannel or fleece)

-Machine thread that matches fabric

-Machine thread for the monogram

-General purpose handsewing needle

-Butcher paper

-Marker or pen

-Scissors

-Tailor's chalk pencil

-Straight pins

The Robe

This robe is made of two identical pieces: a front and a back. The front half is then cut down the center, and a belt is added. Exact measurements are not needed for this project, but you do need to have a general pattern for one piece, which you will then cut out twice.

Roll out two long pieces of butcher paper and tape them together so that you have a double-wide sheet of paper. To take your measurements for this project, simply stretch out on the paper (with your arms out to your sides) and have an assistant draw the outline of your body. Now, stand up and look at the outline. Think about how you want your robe to look. Do you want an oversized bathrobe or a snug nightie? Long or short? Draw a pattern for the robe over the outline of your body. Include a little extra room in the pattern for seams and the hem. Finally, cut out the pattern.

Note:

You can also find easy patterns for robes in any fabric store.

It is important to pre-wash the fabric to allow for shrinkage. When the fabric has dried completely, iron out any wrinkles. Now, spread the fabric out flat on a table or on the floor. Fold it in half with the "right" sides facing each other. The right side of the fabric is the side that will show when the garment is finished. With terrycloth, flannel, and fleece, the right side has more texture than the wrong side.

Next, pin the pattern to the fabric, pinning through both layers of fabric. Using sharp scissors, follow the pattern closely and cut through both layers of fabric at the same time. Keep the bottom edge of the scissors against the table or floor to ensure one smooth line. Remove the pins.

You should now have two identical pieces, a front and a back, and the right sides of the pieces should be facing each other. Match up the left side seam so that all edges meet. Pin this side together. Keep pinning all around the sleeve. Sew the side seam and the underside of the sleeve, but do not sew the sleeve opening. Then, sew the top of the sleeve through the shoulder, and stop at the neck. Repeat on the other side.



Now, try on the robe. Are you happy with the length? If so, then remove the robe and mark a 1/4-inch hem all around the robe. Iron this hem under, and then sew. Turn under the edges of the sleeve opening and the neck line, as well. Iron before sewing the edges.

Turn the robe right side out. Using sharp scissors, cut the front of the robe directly down the center. Turn over the raw edges, iron, and sew.

The Belt

Cut two strips from the leftover fabric (approximately 4 feet long and 2 inches wide). With the right sides of the fabric facing each other, sew straight down each side to create a tube. Now, turn the tube right side out. To finish each end, handsew the overcast stitch across the opening (that is, bring the needle from behind the tube, sew through to the front, then carry the needle over the top of the tube).

You can make belt loops from small strips of fabric, bias tape, or any coordinating trim. Two belt loops, positioned on the side seams, should be sufficient.

The Monogram

Using a tailor's chalk pencil in a color that contrasts from the fabric, lightly sketch the letter(s) in your desired monogram. You might want to use a word processing program to find a font, like a fancy script, and then print it out and transfer it to the fabric. You can also find stencils for letters in most craft and hobby stores. Whichever method you use, make sure that there is sufficient space between the lines of each letter to sew over.

Thread the top thread of the sewing machine with the desired color. The bobbin thread, which will show only on the wrong side of the fabric, should blend in with the fabric. To create the monogram, you will use a very short zigzag stitch. Set the zigzag stitch length to the lowest possible setting, and set the stitch width to your desired width (1/8 inch is common for this sort of embroidery). Carefully sew over your lines. Decrease the stitch width gradually at the ends of letters so that the stitching tapers off, rather than just stops.

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