Children’s Flannel Bathrobes
1.24.2016
Children's reversible bathrobes sewn from Connecting Threads flannel plaid and dot fabric, Sizes 4, 6 & 8

Children’s reversible bathrobes sewn from Connecting Threads flannel plaid and dot fabric, Sizes 4, 6 & 8

This winter for Christmas I really wanted to make presents for my family, especially my daughters.  I usually leave the toys and games for Santa to bring down the chimney, so my shopping list for the kids is comprised of mostly clothes, books, and art supplies anyway. I didn’t try to keep it a secret, I wanted them to be involved in the designing and making of their gifts. I like spending time with them in our “artroom” making a big mess on the weekends. I also encouraged them to make hand-made gifts of their own, and they hand-sewed some really sweet presents!

Pictures of a busy Crafternoon- Marian and Matilda working on their handmade Christmas gifts, a detail of a little heart-shaped sachet in progress, it's really best if Clara (my super high energy 4-year old) naps while we are working, the first bathrobe completed, the messy result of a days work.

Pictures of a busy Crafternoon from left to right- 1) Marian and Matilda working on their handmade Christmas gifts, 2) a detail of a little heart-shaped sachet in progress, 3) it’s really best if Clara (my super high energy 4-year old) naps while we are working, 4) the first bathrobe completed, 5) the messy result of a days work.

In the latest Connecting Threads Winter catalog we debuted some new flannel basics, including a Plaid print designed by yours truly. My very first job at Pendleton Woolen Mills was as a sample weaver in their Portland corporate office. I would design and weave plaid swatches to the specifications of the Menswear, Womenwear and Home divisions. It was a fascinating job in a beautiful sunlit room filled with yarn and looms, kind of dreamy for a fiber/color lover. With all that plaid experience under my belt, I knew as soon as I arrived at Conneting Threads that we needed more plaid! It is such a versatile pattern and I think it adds such a nice graphic element to quilts. Plus, a plaid can incorporate so many colors and still read as a tonal fabric, which makes it perfect for visually tying together various colored fabric in a quilt.

An assortment of our Flannel Basics, including the new coordinating plaid!

An assortment of our updated Flannel Basics, including the new coordinating plaid!

Anyone who has ever laid a hand on CT’s flannel fabric can attest to it being soooooooo incredibly soft.  I had never sewn with flannel fabric before, but I was dying to. When I brought home some swatches for the girls to look at, they wanted something made from flannel, too.  I thought of the days before polyester fleece, which has seemingly taken over all soft children’s items from stuffed animals to pajamas.  I definitely don’t want to offend any fleece lovers, I can appreciate it’s cuddle factor, but I personally hate the stuff!  I have more than once had a fleecy something or other melt in the dryer and ruin everything in the whole wash-load.  If an article of clothing can melt, I will politely decline.  I don’t mind if you call me a fiber snob  🙂

Before fleece kids snuggled up in flannel!

Before fleece existed, kids snuggled up in flannel!

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Sewing pattern for kid’s robe from Purl Soho

Seeing as I had melted their fleecy bathrobes from the previous Christmas in the dryer, I suggested that I sew them new flannel bathrobes, like the ones I had as a kid.  They loved the idea!  We hang out a lot in our bathrobes on the weekends, it’s a drafty old house.  New bathrobes would definitely get a lot of use.

The pattern I really liked the looks of (and was reversible) unfortunately called for knit jersey lining, which I didn’t want to use.  After reading through the pattern I didn’t think it would really matter if I lined it with woven flannel instead of knit jersey, so I went ahead and committed to the pattern I found on the Purl Soho blog.  Each of the girls chose their favorite color and I picked the flannel/polka dot combinations accordingly.  I love dots and plaid together.

Dots and Plaids from our flannel basics.

Dots and Plaids from our flannel basics.

The coordinating dots and plaids that I chose for my daughter's robes.

The coordinating dots and plaids that I chose for my daughter’s robes.

Other coordinating dots and plaids that would look great together.

Other coordinating dots and plaids that would look great together.

The pattern was easy to follow and simple to make.  My only suggestion would be to modify the armholes to be a bit roomier.

I’m really happy with the way these turned out.  I gave them to the girls on Christmas Eve and they wore them all Christmas Day until we HAD to leave the house.

Marian's red bathrobe in size 8.

Marian’s red bathrobe in size 8.

Matilda's blue bathrobe in size 6.

Matilda’s blue bathrobe in size 6.

Clara's violet bathrobe in size 4.

Clara’s violet bathrobe in size 4.

They like them! They really like them!

They like them! They really like them!

Thanks for reading!  Please let me know of any fun projects you make with our new flannel basics, I would love to see. I plan on designing some coordinating flannel novelty fabric soon, so stay tuned flannel lover’s!

Happy sewing,

Winthur

 

 


5 comments

  1. Becky Schultz - January 24, 2016

    I love the coordinating colors and textures. And what else can be said about FLANNEL – yum! These looking very warm and cozy. I wish I had grandchildren to sew for – oh, well 😀

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  2. MargeP - January 24, 2016

    I love CT flannels and the plaids are a great addition to the line.

    What great memories you are giving your girls with your sew days. They look like they really enjoy the time spent with Mom..

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  3. Ann - January 25, 2016

    Great use of the flannel coordinates. How fun for the girls to be involved. They are going to have some wonderful memories and grow up to be “makers”.

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  4. shannon - January 28, 2016

    your girls are beyond cute with attitude to boot!. i love the robes. beyond my ability i am afraid but they are fabulous.

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  5. C. Wood - January 30, 2016

    Taking a photo of children right next to an open fireplace scares me to death! Sparks can fly through the air, so easily. Cotton won’t melt, but it’s still FLAMMABLE. Kids should never go near fire, especially in bathrobes – PLEASE, NO!..And where’s their slippers?..:) They’re so cute though! Sorry if I seem worried, just a concerned Granny.:)

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