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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Top 30 Fabulous Gifts for Women Over 50

Looking for a great gift? Try one of these fabulous ideas for women over 50! I am in the 50 club now, so I can write this post! This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support!

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Top 30 Fab Gifts for Women Over 50

I recently became a member of the over 50 club. Let me tell you girls, it’s very freeing. Suddenly you have a new outlook on life. These gifts are selected from the viewpoint of a woman who has a new lease on life.

Suddenly, I am concerned about wrinkles, aging, beauty marks and greying roots. I am pricing compression hose, anticipating hot flashes and wearing colors that I never have before. It’s a whole new world! If you know someone who fits this description, these gifts are for her! Or for you, because suddenly it’s okay to take better care of ourselves! Here we go!

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Gifts for Midlife Women

  1. Cute compression socks. I wasn’t kidding when I said I was pricing these out. Did you know they make compression socks in adorable prints??? That way the rest of the world will never know what they really are, or how fabulous they make your legs feel. Check out this fabulous selection here.Top 30 Fabulous Gifts for Women Over 50|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com
  2. Fine home decor diffuser set. Face it, women love things that smell good. We also love things for our home. This combination is perfect with both a diffuser and candle in a fabulous Birchwood Pine Scent. What could be better?Top 30 Fabulous Gifts for Women Over 50|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com
  3. Lip Wrinkle Remover. If you have started getting those telltale aging lines around your lips, this is for you! This product fills in those little lines and gives you a smoother lip line. A big plus, your lipstick won’t bleed into your wrinkles like it used to! Top 30 Fab Gifts for Women over 50|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com
  4. Scalp Makeup. I had never heard of it either. Turns out you can camouflage your lack of hair with a brush and some color matched makeup. What a fabulous idea! Joan Rivers knows her stuff. Buy it here.Top 30 fab gifts for women over 50|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com
  5. Cell Phone Fan. This is such a fun stocking stuffer! These little fans plug into your charging port and give you an instant breeze when you need it. Great when the hot flashes get unbearable! Order here.
  6. Wine lounging outfit. Perfect outfit to slip on when you have had a long day and need a glass of wine. Great gift for your girlfriends! Order here.
  7. Speaking of wine, a Wine Club Membership is a great gift. Each month the recipient will receive 2 or 4 bottles of their choice delivered right to their door. Premium wines without all the hassles. A fabulous hostess gift too! Join the club here.
  8. Beautiful Wine Glasses. At this point in life, our glasses are either chipped or mismatched. A set of lovely wine glasses makes a girl feel 20 years younger! Order these glasses here.
  9. Magnifier Light for Crafts. We don’t want to admit it, but we don’t see as well as we used to. This craft light will help her see all the little details in her project!
  10. If she’s at all crafty, she will adore this Circuit Explore Air 2.   These machines can cut anything from fabric, to paper, vinyl or metal in a matter of seconds. I am dying to get one of these for my craft room!!! A must have for the serious crafter!
  11. Pretty Planner for 2018. This Dayspring planner has beautifully designed pages with bible verses, stickers and much more! You will like it so much you will want one for yourself! 
  12. Joanna Gaines Mug. Anyone who loves farmhouse will adore this cute coffee mug. We all cultivate our inner Joanna Gaines sometimes! 
  13. Fleece Lined Yoga Pants: Perfect for going to exercise class on those cold days. As we age our circulation worsens and we need extra layers to stay warmer. 
  14. Beautiful Vintage Style Cloche hats.   I adore these darling hats for going to the grocery store and cold chilly days.
  15. Cashmere Wrap. You know you have always wanted one. Life is too short for imitations.
  16. Classic Chanel No. 5 Perfume Cheap perfume is no one’s friend. You know you’ve always wanted to be a Coco woman. Now is the time!
  17. Emoji Facial Mask. We tried some of these for a girls night, what fun we had! We laughed so hard ! Get multiples for girls night! Inexpensive but worth their weight in gold for entertainment!
  18. Every woman wants more youthful skin. The Clarissonic Facial Scrubber is fabulous for cleansing with very little effort. Helps give your skin a youthful glow!
  19. Faux Fur Throw for cuddling. These throws feel amazing for cuddling with your sweetie on cold winter nights.
  20. Cleaning Concentrate Set from Grove Collective. This product is all natural without any chemical ingredients. Simply add the concentrate to your spray bottle and you can clean just about anything from ceramic, chrome, granite, to stainless steel and more.
  21. Acute Moroccan Organ Oil for dry skin. This oil is a true skin super food! Incredibly rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and proteins, argan oil helps restore texture and tone. Lightweight and easily absorbed, the aromas of citrus and ginger will invigorate and warm the senses!
  22. Glass Spray Bottle from Grove Collaborative. Ideal size for mixing your own cleaning products, pretty too!
  23. Japanese Kokedama Kit, for the gardener who has everything: These unique moss covered balls are stunning planters when hung. Great for indoors or outdoors, or even with a potted plant on a dining table. 
  24. Himalayan Salt Lamp. Not only are these lamps beautiful, but they are very therapeutic, and promotes overall wellness.
  25. Portable Light Therapy Happy Light to cure Seasonal Affective Disorder. A must have for anyone in a northern climate. Fewer daylight hours in the winter affect many people in the form of depression. Exposure to a Happy Light for a few minutes each day can make a world of difference in their overall health.

26. Reuseable Swell Water Bottle: These bottles are insulated stainless steel and keep liquids hot or cold for as long as 24 hours. Comes in beautiful prints and colors, like this faux teak wood print pictured above.

27. Agate Book Ends with Rubber Bumpers. Beautiful and unique for display on any kind of bookshelf or desk, these natural stone bookends will make a lasting impression for any kind of decor.

28. Geometric Wall Terrariums: Terrific for any room, these beautiful terrariums are easy to care for and don’t take up much space. Grow herbs, flowers or succulents in your home or apartment all season long. A unique gift for those with green thumbs!

29. Pugg Ceramic Tea Pot with tea infuser. These beautiful tea pots make a cup of tea into a relaxing experience. Dishwasher safe, comes in six beautiful floral designs.

30. Taylors of Harrogate Classic Tea Sampler Box. Delicious collection of teas that will keep her warm all winter long. This package has 48 delightful bags of 6 different varieties.

 

Wow, what a list! She will love any of them I promise! Don’t forget to pin this post!

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Love these ideas? Try some of these other posts:

Spray Painted Christmas Tree

Christmas Knitting for Gifts

Spray Painted Christmas Tree

Timepiece Christmas Ornament

Christmas Chicken Coop

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Linking up to the Everyday Home Blog Christmas Gift Guide Blog Hop! Be sure to stop by and read all these great gift ideas!


 

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Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas Under $40

Wedding season is here! Here are some great affordable wedding gift ideas that won’t break the bank. This post is sponsored by Dayspring. I was compensated to write this post, any opinions given are completely my own.

Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas

 

Wedding Season is here!

Wedding season is here! There are a number of people we know who are getting married this year. It seems like the season sneaks up on my each year and I am never quite prepared for gift giving. It’s hard to think back to being a new bride, things have changed since we got married nearly 27 years ago!

Ten Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

Things seem simpler now with the internet. It’s so easy to order a pretty gift and have it delivered to the recipients door.  I recently discovered a new website for meaningful gifts, Dayspring. They have the most beautiful inspirational items, all at great prices! There are gifts for Weddings, Mother’s Day, Graduations and so many other important family events, you will have a hard time choosing which ones to order first.

Ten Affordable Wedding Gifts for under $40

The first thing I picked out was this darling wooden sign. I loved it’s compact size, perfect for putting on a shelf or in a cubby with a wedding photo. The sign retails for just $12.99. Adorable!

You can order one here.

The cards were my next find. Rarely do I make it into a store to shop for a pretty card. Just too much to do and not enough time for little things like that. I prefer to buy my cards in large quantities, it is cheaper and then I always have spare cards on hand.

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Dayspring has boxes of cards with several classic wedding designs. So hard to choose which one is the best!

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The cards can be given with a gift, or with money. What a lovely wedding day token! You could even frame one of these cards as a gift! The box of 12 cards costs just $6.99.

Order your wedding cards here.

Ten Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

My favorite item, was this lovely tray. It just spoke to me. This bible verse is referenced at just about EVERY wedding. What a lovely memento of their special day to have this verse on a tray! The tray would be wonderful for serving drinks or entertaining, on a coffee table, or sitting on a shelf. Neutral colors are great for any type of decor! This tray is just $36.99 on Dayspring.

Get your wedding tray here.

Here are some more popular gift ideas that won’t break the bank!

Wedding Gifts Under $40.00

1. Wooden “love” sign, as described above from Dayspring.

2. Wedding card with cash enclosed. Many couples use cash for downpayment on apartments or for their honeymoon. Cash is always appreciated!

3. Hotel Gift Cards: Great idea for giving a night or weekend away to the happy couple. Perhaps they could even use it on their honeymoon for an extended stay!

4. Crystal Bowls: Probably not as popular as they once were, but glass bowls are lovely for any occasion. We still use those that we got for our wedding so many years ago. They are great for serving salad, pudding, fruit, vegetables and more. I even keep my receipts in a crystal bowl until I file them.

5. Silverware: Most people don’t give real silver anymore because of the price. However, you can find vintage sets quite reasonably. Pickup a set from your local thrift store, pawn shop or antique mall. Polish and it will look like new! It’s not hard to find additional pieces online if you need a larger set.

6. Picnic basket: We love the picnic basket we received as a wedding gift. During the summer we make frequent trips to the park or beach with it in tow. The basket is complete with stainless silverware, non-breakable plates, plastic wine glasses, cork screw, table cloth and napkins, small cutting board and cheese knife. Include a bottle of your favorite wine for a memorable gift!

7. Personalized Frame: Every couple wants to frame photos from their special day. I love these Mr. and Mrs. frames from Dayspring.

8. Keepsake Linens: Good quality linens cost a fortune. A set of quality 100 % cotton or bamboo sheets is a lovely gift any couple will adore. Look for deep pocket sheets that have a thread count of at least 500 for the softest hand. Not sure what size to get? Get the King Size, even if they have a queen bed it will be a generous fit. Pillow case sets start for as little as $20.00, often you can find complete sets at discount stores.

9. Bar Ware: A basic set of glass goblets can be used for wine, cocktails or water glasses. Opt for a set for a set of 6 for entertaining. Bonus if two of the glasses are engraved Mr. and Mrs!

10. Family Treasures: This is the perfect opportunity for passing on those family heirlooms that you don’t use anymore. Think silver, crystal, small appliances, wool rugs vintage quilts or furniture items. Most couples will have to make large purchases during their first years together, this can save them money. Also, an heirloom piece makes a new house feel more welcome like home.

Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas

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More great gift ideas are in these posts:

DIY Trash Can Lamp

Succulent Cross

Spring Planter Arrangement

DIY Vintage Postcard Table

Painted Velvet Chairs, Easy Update with Spray Paint

Reusable Gift Bags

stripe gift bag with tag

When we were kids my Grandmother always reused her gift wrap. She would patiently open each gift, gently removing the tape piece by piece. Then she would fold it up and store it away for the next year to reuse.

This made the gift opening process take forever, as opening gifts in this manner is very, very slow. It’s also nearly impossible when you have little children.

This year, I decided to go tiny with Christmas. Tiny decorations, and tiny gifts.

Then I decided that Thrifty was almost as good as Tiny, and I spent my day making a few Reusable Gift Bags for Tiny gifts.

They were very easy to make, and inexpensive.

The great thing, is that you can reuse them and they essentially become a practical part of the gift. Just think how much money you could save without buying ribbon, tape, paper, boxes and tissue each year!

polkadot bag

These bags are sewn from scraps of fabric, or fat quarters that I had lying around. I cut the fabric pieces 7″ wide by 18″ long.

 

With right sides of fabric together, sew a 1/4″ seam on each side.

Turn down the top edge of the bag 1/4″ and stitch (FIY the sewing foot is about 1/4″ wide, so you can line your fabric up with it).

Turn the new seam edge down further, to 1″. Sew again, on top of your first line of stitching. This way you have a nice neat seam, and you won’t have to measure or pin each time.

Leave about 1/2″ of a gap between the sewn edges for the ribbon to slip through the casing.

Use a safety pin, attach the pin to the end of a 1/4″ wide ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the casing, cut and tie ends together to keep it from slipping out.

gift bags with tags

I added some greenery and berries for a festive look. The burlap gift tags came from Target, and I hope to use them again too!

 


Shopping for Fall Table Decor

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Hello friends! I am hard at work at multiple projects. But I did take time out to go shopping.

If you haven’t shopped Gordmans before you are in for a treat! It’s one of my favorite places to shop for unique decor, gifts and apparel. You are going to love it! They have some beautiful selections for your fall and holiday table decor!

 

I was in the store today shopping for my fall table decor which I will share soon! They had so many beautiful things to choose from, I have to go back again for another look!

So many things are happening here, I have so much to show and tell you, but for now have a great time shopping!