Learn how to make a warm children's bathrobe with a free sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project uses flannel fabric and makes a great handmade gift.
My kids have been asking for their own dress for years. I kept putting it off because I thought they wouldn't really use them. Well, I designed a children's dress pattern and made a dress for each of my children, and they use them constantly.
Every time they are cold, in their pajamas, when they wake up, go to bed or get out of the shower, they wear it. They even wear it over their clothes to stay warm around the house on a very cold day. I love that they use them!
What fabric should I use to make a child's bathrobe?
I designed this children's bathrobe to be used with woven fabric. I chose flannel because it is very warm while being easy to sew, easy to care for and easy to find. Flannel is a very warm fabric for dresses and the fabric doesn't wrinkle as badly as I thought it would.
Since the robe was designed to work with woven fabric, it can be used with knit fabric, but the robe will stretch horizontally and appear wider thanks to all that extra stretch.
What are the pattern sizes?
The dress pattern is available in children's sizes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. That's eight sizes so you can find the best fit. The model is knee-length with a rounded hood and a tie belt.
What is a PDF sewing pattern?
A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on a computer and organized so that it can be printed on several sheets of letter or A4 size paper.
I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets damaged or my kids or I have changed sizes, I can always print it again. It will never be destroyed since I have a digital version!
How to use a PDF sewing pattern?
Open the PDF on a computer and click Print. When printing, make sure the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the design prints at the correct size.
Once the design is printed, it can be glued together to achieve its actual size. Then the pattern can be cut out for each size piece of the pattern or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again. Learn how to use PDF sewing patterns.
Do you like to sew? Try one of these sewing projects:
How to make a children's dress
- Free children's dress pattern – get it at the end of the article
- 2 to 3 yards of flannel fabric (smaller sizes require less fabric and larger fabrics require more fabric)
- Sewing tools
- Sewing machine
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Cut out these pieces:
- 1 back on the crease
- 2 mirror fronts
- 2 sleeves on the fold
- 2 mirror hoods
- 2 belts
Match the two short ends of the belt and sew them together. Backstitch when you start and when you stop. Press the seam allowance to open it.
Fold the waistband like a bias tape. Fold the waistband in half inside out, matching the long edges, and press. Open and fold the long edges to meet in the center crease and press. Fold the three folds so that the long edges are closed and iron.
Open each side and fold the short end inward 1/4 inch. Then fold back all the folds. All raw edges are enclosed inside.
Sew around all four edges of the waistband 1/8 inch from the edge.
Pin the hood pieces right sides together. Sew the top and back. Backstitch at the start and stop, then finish the edges.
Pin the shoulder seams right sides together and sew. Backstitch at the start and stop, then finish the edges.
Pin the hood to the neckline and sew. Backstitch at the start and stop, then finish the edges.
Pin the center of the waistband to the center back of the dress (center top to bottom and center side to side). Sew a 3-inch rectangle to attach the waistband to the back of the dress.
Pin the sleeves to the shoulders and sew. Backstitch at the start and stop, then finish the edges.
Pin the side seams and the seam under the sleeves right sides together and sew. Backstitch at the start and stop, then finish the edges.
The front, sleeve hems and body hem will be finished with a 1/4 inch double fold hem. You have finished!
Get the free sewing pattern here!
If you make anything using this sewing project, I'd love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and identify me!