Beach Robe

A few years ago on a whim we took Lucy’s bathrobe to the pool and I decided that it was the only way to go. The robe was warm, cozy, and didn’t fall off as she tried to eat her post-swimming snack.
So instead of taking our towels to the beach and pool, now we take our robes!
And I often get comments from people asking where we bought them.
I love surprising them with, “I made it.”

Now you can surprise them too! These robes are easy to make and don’t require any special skills or tools.
The Beach Robe is made from a large beach/bath towel and bound with simple bias tape. You can also use normal terry cloth fabric but I find that the cutest terry cloth is in the towel aisle of your local retail store.
What I love about the Beach Robe:
* My kids love them and are excited to get out of the pool and put them on.
* The robe is fun to sew and so cute when it comes together. My husband’s sick of hearing “awww” coming from my sewing room.
* It’s a great go-to sewing project for birthday gifts! Every niece, nephew, friend, and child should have one!
* The Beach Robe is good all year long since it can be used for summer fun and also at home, after a bath or shower.
* The robe makes an excellent “dressing room” when changing clothes. With the robe on, my child holds the front open slightly and we discreetly pull off their swimsuit and slip on the undies and clothes. I really love that aspect.
* And most of all….the robe comes with options:
Make the robe long-sleeved or short-sleeved.
Give it a hood lining.
Go hoodless!

It’s a choose-you-own adventure kind of project.
The robe is unisex, comes in 3 sizes, 4 looks, and with 12 pattern pages that are printable from your home computer, on standard 8.5 x 11 paper.
Here are the nitty gritty details….
The BEACH ROBE Pattern

–for boys and girls—

* This is a 29-page PDF document, which means you download it after payment to your computer. The pattern is not mailed to you. When you open the download pattern link, make sure you save the pdf file to your computer so you always have it for future use!
* The file size is about 2MB
* The first 17 pages are filled with colorful photos and step-by-step instructions for making a beach robe. You don’t need to print these pages, if you plan to reference it your computer as you sew.
* The last 12 pages are pattern pieces that can be printed and taped together
* The pattern contains detailed info about sewing fabrics that have “nap”, such as Terry Cloth.

The pattern comes in 3 sizes
The sizes are wide-ranging since a robe is loose and accommodates many sizes.
* 9 months-18 months
* 18 months-3 Toddler
* 3 Toddler-4 Toddler + (my daughter is a skinny 5 year old and the 4T yellow robe above fits her great)

There are 4 looks (and plenty of room for your own interpretation):
* Long-sleeves or short-sleeves
* Lined hood
* Hoodless
* Partial ties or Full tie

Skill Level
The pattern is aimed at the “experienced-beginner” level and up. Anyone can tackle it but it’s probably not a first-time sewer project.

Fabric and Supplies needed
* 1 to 2 large Beach/Bath towels (or 1 3/4 yards of terry cloth fabric)
* 3 packages of 1/2 inch wide, double-fold bias tape (or about 7-8 yards of handmade bias tape)
* Standard sewing machine and standard presser feet – no fancy tools (a Serger is optional)

We’ve also added an alternate method for sewing the sleeves. Check out our updated tutorial HERE:
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Frequently Asked Questions:

* Will the Beach Robe Pattern come in larger sizes?
I had no idea you’d be so interested in the Robe for older kids. I don’t offer larger pattern sizes at this time (and nearly killed myself getting the current 3 sizes put together). But you can try to enlarge the pattern yourself by extending the pieces and using something your older child currently wears as your guide. Sorry, I don’t have step-by-step info for that but it’s the kind of sewing I love….winging it and figuring it out!

* Do I need a fancy sewing foot or other equipment to make the robe?
Nope! I sewed all of my robes on a standard sewing machine with a standard machine foot, using normal old thread, and at one point I even used a ball needle (which is typically used for knits) since my Universal needle broke and I was out! Haah. So there you go, “winging it” Sewing 101.
One of my pattern testers recommended a Walking Foot for terry cloth that is very thick. But if you sew with thinner towels (as discussed in the pattern) you’ll be fine with a standard foot.

* Does the pattern print to paper sizes other than U.S. Letter (8.5 x 11)?
Yes…though you may have to juggle it just a bit. The pages print right to the edge of the paper (borderless) and the pages are meant to butt up right next to each other, so that the dotted lines meet. When you print to another paper size, the image should still be true to size, but you may have a bit of a border or space on the edge. You need to line up the dotted lines with each other and you should be set. One of my pattern testers from Belgium printed on European paper size and said she had to shimmy the pages a bit here and there but got it to work fine.

* My child is a bit more “round” at the waist than most kids. Will the pattern fit?
The robe is designed to accommodate many body types, since robes are loose fitting. So yes! Owen has worn his with over a bulky life vest and it still fits.
And that’s it!
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Sewing.

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

1 sohayla January 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Hi Dana,
I just purchased your pattern and even thought i am a novice sewer, I am excited to make these for my 3 boys! I will post pics when I am done. Thanks!

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2 Andrea Ewald January 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Hello,
Would you be willing to make these for someone? I cannot sew… but I have been searching and searching for something like this for my son. All of the websites have stuff for girls.. but not boys. This is exactly what I am looking for. He is about a size 6 though? So he would be bigger. Very Very cute!
Thanks!

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3 penny April 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm

hello andrea i would be willing to make these for you if you are still looking for someone to do it for you just give me a jingle at my email i am an experienced sewer with more than 40 yrs sewing experience i have 2 daughters that i have sewn for and i have 5 grand kids that i now love to sew for again if you are interested just email me hope to hear from you

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4 Bonnie Bales April 17, 2013 at 10:15 am

Hi Penny, I Just read your post and was wondering if you could make me one too! I have all the supplies and bias tape but for some reason this was far to difficult for me to sew, and my machines ate the fabric. please email me or facebook me “Bonnie Lee Bales” and email “luvergrl0507@aol.com”

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5 Valerie Nelson January 25, 2012 at 9:31 am

Just ordered this pattern and I’m SO stoked to give it a try!!!

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6 Helen February 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I’ve made pillows, aprons, and skirts, does that qualify me as an “experienced beginner? because I really want to try this!

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7 Heather D February 1, 2012 at 8:57 pm

I just purchased your pattern the other day and made one for my daughter today! Love it and so does she! Now to try enlarging the pattern so that I can make one for my son! Thank you! We spend a lot of time at the beach and this will be perfect for our trips to the waterpark!

Love your new website!

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8 Anjali February 20, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Well I’ve made 3 of ‘em and they are CUTE. Still finding the bias tape a bugger, but it’s a great way to learn I guess and the terry cloth is forgiving (i.e. hides the stray stitching where it’s gone… astray…). My last two are for my kids on a beach holiday and I can’t wait to see them in it this week. Thanks!

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9 Pat Maurer March 1, 2012 at 9:12 am

I do not have paypal any other way to pay for pattern?

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10 Dana March 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Yes, there’s a link under the paypal button that says “don’t have a paypal acct…pay with your credit card or as a paypal guest.”
Try that out!

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11 Ulrika March 27, 2012 at 3:28 am

I have just finished the first of two beach robes I will make for my boys, and it is SO CUTE. Thanks so much for this pattern! My 7 month old is now the best dresser in his baby swimming class :-). And I will make one for my 5 year old next (he’s quite thin, so I’ll use the 4T pattern and will simply make it longer).

I am a happy beginner, and had never sewed with bias tape or in terry cloth before, but it worked out fine. Your pattern and tutorial is really great and it explained everything perfectly. Even that I would have tiny bits of terry cloth everywhere for weeks… :-)

The only thing I had trouble with, was how to nicely finish off the bias tape, when it so to say “meet” the beginning. I made up a solution myself, but am sure there is a better way of doing it. Otherwise, thanks again for a great pattern!

Pictures of my beach robe are found here: http://createohlala.blogspot.se/2012/03/baby-beach-robe.html

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12 Ulrika July 31, 2012 at 7:28 am

I have now finished the one for my five year old, thanks again for the lovely and easy pattern! I made it a little larger all the way round, and since he is quite thin, I actually think he’ll be able to wear the robe next summer as well.

Pictures of it are found here: http://createohlala.blogspot.se/2012/07/a-childrens-beach-robe-en-badrock-for.html

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13 Leanne M April 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Hi! I made this for my 18 month old for our Florida vacation, and it was great, but I had to add a snap at the top to keep it from falling off him – he’s a little guy and it is too big, but he will grow into it I’m sure :)

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14 Sarah Keith May 28, 2012 at 11:10 am

Hi Dana! I found some adorable fleece with whales on it and was hoping to make one of your robes with it. Do your think it would work? See any obstacles?

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15 Tiffany July 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I’ve made these with fleece and they turn out awesome! I used fleece and then flannel for the lining and they’re confy and adorable, but obviously not for the water. Good luck!

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16 Ekaterina Reutov June 1, 2012 at 12:19 am

hi, i dont have a printer. How would i go about printing this out lets say at the library, would you be able to send a pattern thru the mail, if i pay for it thru paypal?

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17 Brigitte June 17, 2012 at 8:30 am

i love you for adding cm, too!!! :) thanks!!!

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18 Ali B June 26, 2012 at 8:34 am

I’ve just made these for my 3 kids – 5, 3 and 18 mths – for our holiday, and they are so cute! Super quick to make too – love them. Making them in fleece now for the Autumn so they can keep cozy at home too. Perfect for hanging out on the Rollie Pollies I’ve just started! Thank you!

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19 Ulrika July 31, 2012 at 7:26 am

What a great idea to make them in fleece. Sounds very cozy!

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20 Peggy H. November 16, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I want to make my Grt. Grandson 17months a bath robe. His parents state he wears a18 t0 24 month store purchased. Is size one comparable to retail clothing? Your “Beach Bathrobe”, is very cute.

Thanks, Peggy

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21 Niki January 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm

This looks like an awesome project! And one much needed in the Florida area! Is this a pattern you are willing to allow people to make and sell? Even if not, I will be buying this for my two little ones!

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22 bonnie bales February 7, 2013 at 5:23 pm

hi dana, earlier today i ordered the beach bath robe pattern on paypal and some how it didnt save on my computer after i clicked “save”. How can i get the file again without having to purchase it for a second time? Also i have not got the email confirmation message? any help? :) i absoultley love these

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23 Sherri February 17, 2013 at 9:28 pm

These are amazing! I made some for my daughters and their cousins this Christmas – FINALLY – after I have been wanting to make them for more than a year now. Thanks so much for the great pattern. My daughters wear theirs all the time, especially after a bath. I took a tiny bit of inspiration from your pirate and ernie/bert shirt photo posts when I took my photos – thanks for the lovely website and the inspiration. I have blogged about them here: http://threadridinghood.com/wordpress/?p=712

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24 need a mens button front beach jacket pattern March 21, 2013 at 7:26 pm

long or 3/4 length sleeve button front will be made of vertical stripes primary clolors terri cloth

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25 Bonnie Bales April 17, 2013 at 10:08 am

I purchased this pattern and started to sew it together but for some reason this is really hard for me to sew. My sewing machine ate the fabric and I couldn’t get the “bias tape” to work. I have the fabric and all the supplies needed to make it, wondering if anyone who knows how to sew would be willing to make this for Me?

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26 Regina May 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Hi Dana
Any chance you’ll make a 6-7YO pattern? :)

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27 Erin S May 24, 2013 at 10:48 am

I was going to ask the same thing. I was all ready to buy the pattern till I saw the size stopped at 4T. I was going to make one for my 7yo grand daughter. When she was really little around 2 I think, I bought her a bathrobe. She actually slept with the bathrobe even long after she had outgrown it. She liked the satin applique I had added to it.

I can sew well, but I make home decor and quilts. I have a quilt frame and long arm so I sew a lot. BUT that is totally different than garment sewing. I have enough skill to follow your pattern I think. It looks to be pretty simple. BUT I do not have the skill to “wing it” as you say. Maybe after I have a few items under my belt I could. Not yet though.

If you could just give me the pattern that would be cut out for her size, I can easily figure out the rest, including fabric and all. I would pay you additional for the additional work you need to do to amend the pattern. Is this something you could do? It looks like you have people that would buy it.

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28 Donna Baker May 24, 2013 at 3:02 pm

I wish this came in bigger sizes…..my kids are wearing sizes 8/10!!!!
These would have been perfect for our trip to the beach in a week!!!

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29 Frances May 26, 2013 at 12:39 am

Another vote for larger sizes, please and thanks :)

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30 Jenn May 28, 2013 at 10:40 am

Hi Dana,
I just bought your pattern and I’m so excited to make my first robes for my boys. I bought the towel you have in your new blog post, the blue/green ombre or color block from Target. I was wondering, since this towel is not 2 sided, should I line the sleeve with a solid fabric so when I fold the cuff it looks better? I thought you might have an idea since you were using this towel too. Would I do it the same way you instruct for the hood? Thanks so much for any help. Jenn

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31 Dunja June 4, 2013 at 7:13 am

I just finished my first robe – size S for my 10 month old daughter. <3
It was one of my first sewing projects and I'm quite pleased with the result. I’m looking forward to making another one (with a thinner towel this time).

http://i41.tinypic.com/29bcb4j.jpg

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32 Ashley June 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm

I just made my first robe for my 15 month old son – and he even got to try it out at the beach last weekend! It’s absolutely adorable and quite easy to make. I have a few towels in the wash now that will be made into robes for my niece and nephew! Thanks for the incredible clear pattern and instructions, Dana!
http://i42.tinypic.com/9jkfn5.jpg

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33 alexandra June 10, 2013 at 6:30 am

Hi Dana,
My mom ordered this pattern for me and couldn’t save it on her ipad so i tried it after her and we ended up ordering 2 copies by accident. is it possible to fix this? sorry for the inconvenience. Let me know!

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34 Jackie September 20, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Do you have a pattern for the whole robe to be lined instead of just the hood. I was thinking that it might be nice for the robe to be reversable. If not, would you have any suggestions?
Thank you!!

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35 Jennifer Lachman March 26, 2014 at 6:49 pm

I wish I had found this pattern when my kids were smaller. I don’t suppose you have any plans for making it in a few larger sizes.

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36 Bailee June 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

I love this pattern! If you ever add larger sizes, let me know. I would love to buy it and make one for all of my kids :)

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37 JT June 26, 2014 at 10:35 pm

I made 3 of these now and am on the way to making a couple more. Even though I already had a robe pattern, I was just feeling way too lazy to redraft for all the different sizes. It was worth it!

Dana,
I’d like to note that in the instructions, it says that a 39″ x 60″ towel from Ikea would make all sizes. However, I bought the Haren 39″ x 59″ towel and it shrunk to 55″ and I couldn’t figure out how to coax out the size 4 from that size. but depending on the shrinkage, my towel shrunk to 55″ and I wasn’t able to coax out the size 4 from that size. Any tips on how you did it? Next time, I’d rather buy the 28″ x 55″ Harens at $3 each vs the big one which is $8. More bang for your buck!!
Thanks for the pattern!

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