How to Make a Fleece Lounging Gown

Make a Fleece Lounging Gown to slip into after a long day at work or relax after a hectic day with the family. This gown is a great project for beginner seamstresses! This post contains affiliate links. I will make a small commission from your purchase at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support!

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Successful sewing comes from knowing what to make!

This fleece fabric caught my eye at the fabric store recently. Loved the soft color pallet!

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Fleece fabric is easy to cut and sew.

 

Fleece Lounging is King

Making anything with fleece is always a good idea. Fleece is inexpensive, easy to sew and comes in tons of great patterns and colors. Fleece is also stretchy and very forgiving for new sewers who aren’t exactly sure of them selves. This project is easy to whip up in a single afternoon without a lot of fuss.

It’s been a while since I have sewn much for myself. However, I have stocked up on fabric and patterns for a major sewing project in the future! More to come on that soon!

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This pattern is Mc Calls 7061.(affiliate link)

I am sure I will be making several more of these lounging gowns, perhaps even a couple of them for holiday gifts.

Speaking of gifts, check out my pattern shop for more handmade gift ideas here.

The robe features a hood and a “kangaroo” style pocket which I love for keeping my cell phone close by. You could also make some booties or leggings to keep your feet and legs warm (they are included in this pattern). The modesty of this piece was one of the things that attracted me to it. Love the coverage in this garment! It feels cozy enough that I could run to the grocery store or chat with family members without having to worry about being too “exposed”.

Sewing with fleece is easy to use because you don’t have to finish the seams. The seams will never unravel, even with repeated washing. Also, they have improved the overall quality of the fleece so much that it rarely pills with wear. I always purchase the “pill proof” version of the fabric which costs a little bit more. But, the regular fleece is greatly improved as well and I have never had many problems with it. Alternatively, you could use a ponte knit, french terry or a heavier weight knit jersey for this project.

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Since I didn’t quite have enough fabric, I added a center back seam. You can barely even tell it’s there with the printed fabric.

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Sewing Pattern Adjustments

For this pattern, I didn’t need to change anything in the sewing directions. The instructions were easy to follow and it went together quickly. The sizing is good and quite generous, so the only alteration I had to make was in the length. Overall I added a total of 2″ to the lenth of the gown (I prefer knee length) and could have added even a bit more. True knee length for me would require an addition of 3-4″. Most of the time I sew patterns more than once before I am content with the way they turn out and I plan to make another gown like this in french terry with the additional length adjustment.

Fleece doesn’t shrink in the laundry so that is another plus. I didn’t have to prewash the fabric before cutting, which I usually do. As a general rule, always prewash your fabrics for the best results before cutting.

The fabric store was short on the grey printed fleece, so I used solid grey fleece on the hood and sleeves. I like the contrast of the two fabrics, sometimes unexpected obstacles create the best results!

You can find similar grey patterned fabric here on my Amazon affiliate link.

You can find solid grey fleece fabric here on my Amazon affiliate link.

Sewing Technique and Tips

Honestly, I just used a regular straight stitch for this garment. The fleece is a bit thicker than most fabrics so you may need to use a walking foot or increase your stitch length to keep it flowing smoothly through your sewing machine. The stitch length I used was 3.5, a bit longer then my usual 2.5 for this garment. No special thread or needles are required so it’s a breeze to sew! Love how it turned out!

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Great project for holiday gifts!

If you like this project, try some of these other ideas:

Sewing a Fleece Robe

How to Sew a Satin Robe

Sewing with Lace

Sewing with Lace: Part 2

How to Hem Jeans

 

 

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Warm and Fluffy Ragged Baby Quilt

Warm and fluffy quilts are loved by little ones, this ragged baby quilt is fairly simple to make and won’t break the bank!

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Ragged Baby Quilt: Northern Territory Pattern

Ragged Baby Quilt

Warm and fluffy blankets are always on my bed and furniture during the cold months. A soft flannel quilt is frequently fought over by all of our family members to cuddle with while watching tv. I made this darling baby quilt for our neighbors who just had a baby boy. It’s so cute, I was tempted to keep it. Not that it would cover even part of my generous sized body, but I just liked it. So soft and fuzzy!

Ragged baby quilts are fun to make even if you are without a lot of quilting experience. You don’t need any fancy quilting machines or other supplies which is great. The pattern for this quilt is available for immediate download in my new pattern shop! Whoo, hoo!

The shop has been a long time in coming, and I am very excited to have it put together!

The Chambray Blues Sewing Patterns site is up and running! I am adding more patterns (crafts, quilting, apparel and home decor) as well as notions and fabrics each week so be sure to stop back if you don’t find what you are looking for.

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If you need a pattern for something specific, I also make custom pdf sewing patterns. Send me your requests at Jessica@designerssweetspot.com and I will try to accommodate your needs. You can read about my compensation rates on the Hire Me page here.

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Back of Northern Territory Ragged Baby Quilt

Ragged Baby Quilt Supplies Needed:

•3 various flannel prints, 1/2 each small buffalo check, large buffalo check, patterned moose print

•2 solid flannel colors, 1/2 yard each red and black

•1 1/2 yards solid black flannel for backing

•1 package baby quilt size poly-fiber quilt batting

Northern Territory Ragged Baby Quilt Pattern (purchase here through Chambray Blues)

•Matching thread

•Scissors

Finished quilt size is 36″ x 36″.

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Here are some other creative posts:

Sewing with Peach Skin

Sewing a Fleece Robe

Sewing with Lace

Sewing with Lace: Part 2

Sewing a Fitted Blouse: Part 1

How to Sew a Fitted Blouse: Part 2

 

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DIY Decorative Holiday Pillow Roundup

Decorative holiday pillows are one of the easiest ways to decorate your home for the holidays. However, pillows these days are costing an arm and a leg! Who wants to spend that much on something that will only be in use for 2 months of the year?  Here are some great ways to create a festive feel on a budget, and reuse some of the same pillows you use all year.DIY Decorative Holiday Pillow Roundup|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comRebecca at The Crafted Sparrow created this fun pillow to add a little excitement to her neutral color scheme.

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This cozy cashmere pillow is perfect to usher in the winter season. It reminds me of cold nights sipping hot chocolate by a fire! Hello Little Home shares a great tutorial over on her blog.

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Everyone loves candy at Christmas! Sustain My Craft Habit shares some great tips on how to create these fun pillows on a budget, you don’t even have to know how to sew!

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While this pillow cover does require a bit of sewing, it’s so easy that even a beginner could do it in no time. Janice of Sawdust Sisters simply used these holiday covers on pillows she  uses year round to save some money.

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I SPY DIY shares an excellent tutorial on how to make two of these festive pillows. Another great option if you’re wanting to tone your decor down a bit this year.

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The possibilities for a tree like this are endless! You could add some embellishments to “decorate” the tree, or stick with a simple lace for a pillow that can stay in use all winter long. Work It, Mom! shares some of the ideas she had while crafting this pillow.

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Do you have a cozy sweater in the back of your closet that just doesn’t fit anymore? It’s not doing you any good sitting around! The Lily Pad Cottage decided to turn her unworn sweater into a cozy winter pillow.

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Even though these pillows aren’t completely “Christmasy”, I had to include them.  Something about white and gold just reminds me of the holidays.  Lemon Thistle created these beautiful pillows in 5 minutes, using only 2 items.  How simple is that!

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Here is another pillow that could be used all winter. Sewbon does such a great job explaining her process that I’m certain anyone could recreated this one.

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An Oregon Cottage decided to design this beautiful pillow after seeing a similar one for sale! She was able to save over $50 by creating her own. This pillow would make an excellent gift as well as a great addition to your holiday decor.

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You’ll never believe how easy these sequined pillows are! Head over to The Proper Blog for all the tips and tricks on how to make this the simplest project ever.

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Who doesn’t love the Dollar Spot at Target? The Everyday Home spent less than $5 on this pillow, even though it looks like it cost much more!

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These metallic pillows are perfect to add just a bit of cheer to your decor. You’ll never believe the items Girl in the Garage used to whip these up!

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The Girl Inspired shares an excellent tutorial on how to create these fun pillows. These would be so fun to customize with designs that make you feel like celebrating!

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Your entire family will love this fun project! Polished Habitat used this pillow cover over another pillow she already owned which saves money and cuts down on storage space.

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Although this pillow looks tricky, don’t be intimidated! Dazzle While Frazzled shares very thorough directions on how to create one just like it.

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Here’s another Target Dollar Spot craft! Happiness is Homemade created these pillows using a cheap blanket, you could even use an extra you have at home.

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Green With Decor used a stencil to make this festive pillow! You could repurpose a pillow you already have at home for this project.

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There’s nothing better than a project that looks so complicated, but in reality is one of the easiest things you’ll do! Little Vintage Nest claims this is the easiest Christmas pillow ever, and we agree.

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What’s Christmas without the Grinch? While this pillow may look complex, we promise it’s a lot easier than you think! Head over to Woodshop Diaries for all the tips & tricks.

 

Now that it’s officially November, there’s nothing stopping you from getting a start on Christmas decorations! 

Check out these other fun holiday ideas: 

DIY Winter Wreath

Easy Pumpkin Pie Bars

Spiced Hot Apple Cider

Spray Painted Christmas Tree

Christmas in the Country Home Tour

Christmas Chicken Coop

 

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Easy DIY Idea for Wooden Painted Serving Tray

This easy painted project is quick to put together for last minute entertaining or a special handmade gift! Post is sponsored by Deco Art and Joann’s Fabric and Crafts. Any opinions given are completely my own.

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Easy to make Polkadot Serving Tray

Easy DIY Painting Project

I am always on the hunt for new things to paint! When I came across this wooden tray at Joann’s and immediately fell in love with it! It’s small enough that it can be used on a table for a pretty vignette, and it’s easy to store when it’s not needed. Love it in these neutral colors that will be a fun accent to any decor. Here’s how you can make your own polkadot tray!

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Painting supplies

Supplies Needed:

• 14″ Wooden Serving Tray from Joann’s Product #8162174

•Americana Acrylic Paint in Lamp Black, and Titanium White

•Americana Decor Metallics Paint in Champaign Gold

•Paint brushes: I used #15 flat paint brush 3/4″ wide, #4 flat brush 1/4″ wide and a #2 round brush

•Water, paper towels and painting pallet or paper plate

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Directions:

  1. Paint the tray with the Lampblack paint with the flat paint brush. (get it through my affiliate link here)
  2. I did not paint the back of the tray but you could if you choose.
  3. Paint the gold trim with the #4 brush. (buy thorough my affiliate link here.) The brush is just the right width to paint the edge of the top. You may need to give it two coats if needed.
  4. Paint the polkadots with the #2 round brush. (available through my affiliate link here.) Dip your brush in the Titanium white paint, and paint the dots in rows, or in a random pattern. Have fun! Easy DIY Painted Serving Tray|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

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Sometimes the simplest projects are the most interesting! I have always loved polkadots and I will have lots of places to use this tray.

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Easy to make Polkadot Serving Tray

For right now, it has a new home in our entryway. A vintage photo and some pretty flowers make a lovely presentation for guests. Thanks to Deco Art for sponsoring this post!

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If you love this idea, check out these other posts:

Paint Your Own Unique Sunburst Ceiling Medallion

How to Make a Rustic Hand Painted Sign

Blue Painted Vintage Dresser

Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

How to Make a Personalized Art Journal

 

 

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How to Make Budget Curtains for Any Room

Budget curtains can be hard to find if you pay retail price. Here are my best tips for making them yourself in just a few simple steps. This post contains affiliate links from which I will make a small commission should you decide to purchase. Thank you for supporting my blog in this way.

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Here we are back again for week 3 of the One Room Challenge! This week our dining room renovation includes Window Treatments! Here’s what we have covered so far:

Week 1: Design Plan

Week 2: Paint

Week 3: Ceiling Medallion

Click on the links above to see the progress!

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Dining room before the One Room Challenge

 Curtains That Only Look Expensive

New curtains have been on my to do list for this room for a while. I dread a large project like this because it’s expensive and time consuming. However, this one turned out to be less expensive than I anticipated.

Here’s my story: Since I had my fabric picked out since week one, it was going to be easy to go and buy it at the store. Problem was they were sold out when I got there. Not good!

The Fabric Deal

After browsing the clearance rack of decor fabrics, I came up with two options. One was a lovely teal priced at $4.00 a yard. What a great deal! Option two was a lovely Waverly fabric floral print priced at $13.00 per yard. Not so cheap, but I really liked it.

I took both bolts to the counter and asked the clerk why one was so much more than the other. Turns out the Waverly floral was incorrectly priced. It should have been marked 80% OFF!!! Calmly, I explained that I wanted to buy the entire bolt, before she could come to her senses and charge me more.

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Yes, I bought 7 yards of this fantastic Waverly cotton decor print fabric for $2.60 per yard. I have a total investment of about $12.00 with these curtains! It doesn’t get any better than that!

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Overall, the print is a wee bit darker than I had planned. However for $12.00 I will make it work. I am in love with this print!

You will see in this photo that I also have white sheer curtains. They were my first purchase for this house and I decided to keep them as is. I used small suspension rods to hang those curtains inside each window well. You can get yours from my affiliate link here.

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White Sheer Curtain Panels

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My method for making your own designer fabric curtains:

How to Make Curtains:

  1. Purchase Waverly floral decor fabric 54″ wide (affiliate link). Measure your window length, then add 9″ to get the correct yardage. DOUBLE the amount to have enough fabric for two curtain panels.
  2. Cut fabric to desired length (window length plus 9″).
  3. Make a hem for the side seams with a 1/2″ seam allowance, repeat again to clean finish raw edge.
  4. Finish the top edge by folding under 1/4″ on raw edge, stitch. Fold over again 5″ and stitch.
  5. Hem bottom edge by folding under 1/4″ on raw edge, stitch in place. Fold over again 5″, PIN in place. Hang up to window and adjust length as needed. You should have a slight break in the fabric at the bottom where the curtain pools on the ground under the window.
  6. Sew bottom edge, press.
  7. Hang on large wooden curtain rings.  I prefer curtain rings that clip to the fabric, they are fast and easy. These are the ones I use (affiliate). Hang and enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out the other posts in the link up this week on Calling it Home.

Here’s the next part of the renovation schedule:

Week 4: Table Improvements

Week 5: Wall and Lighting Decor

Week 6: Accessories and Final Reveal

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