Ready for the Colder Nights? Make This Cozy, Fleecey DIY Robe

Sewing with Joice
by Sewing with Joice
6 Materials
2 Hours

How cozy is a fleece robe on a cold night? If you’ve been wanting to make one, here’s an easy DIY robe tutorial that creates a robe sewing pattern using just a t-shirt. Let's see how it's done.

Tools and materials:

  • Fleece or towel fabric
  • T-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins or clips
  • Marking chalk (optional)
DIY robe sewing pattern

1. Make the pattern

First is the back. Fold the fleece fabric in half to measure the top of the robe. Lay the folded t-shirt on top of the fabric and add an extra 4 cm (1.5 inches) to allow for more space. Fold in the sleeves of the t-shirt to see the armholes better.

DIY robe from a fleecey sheet

Leave the collar straight with 3 cm (1.2 inches) excess at the top of the neck. Leave 1 cm (0.4 inches) extra for seam allowance.

Front of the DIY robe sewing pattern

Now make the front pattern. Fold the fleece fabric. The front needs more fabric than the back because it has to cross the body. Fold the t-shirt with the sleeves in. Fold and tuck the collar in for the classic V shape of a robe. Add 10 cm (4 inches) additional. 

Cutting out the fabric for the DIY robe

Cut along the folded side and around the other side. You will have 2 pieces.

Pinning the bodice pieces to each other

2. Sew the bodice of the DIY robe

Lay the pieces on top of each other. Match the shoulder line of the front and the back. Cut them to the same measurement.

DIY robe sewing tutorial

Open the back so the right side is facing up. Put one of the front pieces on top of the back piece with the right side facing down. Pin the fabric together at the shoulder and the sides. Do the same for the other front piece.

Sew the side seams and shoulder seams with ½ cm (0.2 inches) seam allowance using a straight stitch.

Making the sleeves for the DIY robe

3. Make the sleeves

Measure the arm length to the wrist, as well as the wrist circumference. Fold the fabric and mark the measurements. Cut the fabric and match the wrist, sleeve length, and armhole measurements. Use the first sleeve as a pattern for the second sleeve.

Lay the sleeves right sides in. Pin in place and then sew using a straight stitch.

Pinning the sleeves to the DIY robe

4. Attach the sleeves

Pull the sleeves so the right side is facing up. Leave the robe on the wrong side facing up. Put the first sleeve inside the robe and match the armhole and inner seam to the armpit. Pin in place and sew. Do the second sleeve.

Measuring the front of the robe

5. Finish the robe

Measure the entire front of the robe from the bottom all the way around the neck and collar down to the other side.

Cut a strip of fabric from the leftover fabric with a width of 8 cm (3 inches). In this tutorial, I didn’t have a long enough piece, so I cut several strips of fabric and sewed them together to match that length. 

Pinning the fabric onto the DIY robe

Fold the fabric piece in half. Pin the edges together directly onto the robe. Sew with a straight stitch.

Hemming the bottom of the DIY robe

Hem the bottom of the robe.

Hemming the wrists of the DIY robes

Hem the wrists.

Creating a DIY robe tie

6. Make the robe tie

Make a tie using the leftover fabric. Fold the fabric half with the right sides facing in. 

Pulling the fabric right sides out

Pin and sew in place using a straight stitch leaving one short side open. Use a skewer or pencil or another object to pull the right side out and stitch the opening closed.

How to sew a DIY robe

DIY robe tutorial

This cozy DIY robe is perfect to keep you warm after a bath or simply lounging around. I hope you found this robe sewing tutorial helpful. Please let me know what you think by commenting or giving me a thumbs up!

Suggested materials:
  • Fleece or towel fabric
  • T-shirt
  • Scissors
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  • Grandmasue10 Grandmasue10 on Oct 06, 2021

    Fleece is too warm for me. I didn't read all the instructions, but I know for fleece you don't need facings, If I use my flannel stash, I will add facings.