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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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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20 DIY Kids Costumes for Halloween

Halloween and fall festivals are right around the corner.  Costumes are so fun, but they can get expensive fast.  Here are 20 of our favorite DIY kids costumes for this fall season. 

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Coordinating costumes can be so fun! However, they only last for so long. Pretty Plain Janes created these cute spider and spider web costumes for her children (plus, the tutorial is amazing).

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This costume is just too much! I don’t think anyone besides a cute little girl could get away with this one. Check out hello, Wonderful for all the details on this Cotton Candy costume.

20 DIY Kids Costumes for Halloween|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comMy Modern Met shares some great tips on how to transform your little guy (or girl) into a regal knight.

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Doc McStuffins is such an adorable costume. Bonus, you might even have everything you need for this costume already! Green and Gorgeous made one quick trip to Walmart to complete this look.

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Speaking of easy costumes, here’s another one! DIY Danielle decided to make this costume for her son who isn’t a huge fan of the whole costume thing. Great compromise!

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This costume is a cute one, and also looks incredibly comfortable! Head over to April Golightly for all the details (plus some free printables)!

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Dr. Seuss will always be a classic. Homemade for Elle made this easy (and I mean EASY) costume that will only take a few minutes to whip together.

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A Mad Scientist costume with an easy badge? Rays of Bliss did a great job on this fun look!

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Here’s another costume you may be able to create from things at home. This Magic Man look by DIY Candy might be one of the easiest costume ideas we’ve come across.

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A tiny little chicken, what could be cuter?! Lovely Morning shares all the details for this cute look over on her blog.

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Lots of little boys love Star Wars (and girls too), here is a fun Luke Skywalker costume from More Than Thursdays.

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Do you have an extra mens t-shirt laying around? Then you have just about everything you need for a witch costume! Dazzle While Frazzled created this cute costume using less than four items.

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Birds that are similar to this have been popular for a few years now.  But most of the time, popular means expensive.  Here is a cute look alike made by The Home I Create to save you a few dollars.

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Is your child requesting a truly unique costume this year? Look no further! This DIY Octopus from Giggles Galore is the answer to all your searching.

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This costume took less than 2 hours to finish, and that’s including dry time! Design Dazzle has all the details over on her blog.

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Buzz Lightyear looks like an impressive costume that took lots of effort to put together. But, you don’t even have to like sewing to create this one! Fun at Home With Kids also includes lots of helpful pictures to make this costume creation a breeze.

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A bull in a china shop?! This is the perfect costume for a toddler (especially one that doesn’t have an opinion on what they dress as). Merriment Design decided that this costume was perfect for her rambunctious 2-year-old.

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Every little boy seems to go through a Thomas the Train stage.  If you have a tiny fan in your home, this is perfect! Little Red Window did all the hard work for you, so you don’t need to put in unnecessary work to create this costume.

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Rainbow Unicorn, how cute! This costume is perfect for your little girl, especially if she already has a ballet leotard. Check out the excellent tutorial over on Shwin and Shwin.

Have you created a cute halloween costume for your child (or yourself)? We’d love to see it!

 

Check out these other fun roundups:

15 Apple Recipes You Need to Try

Beautiful Bathroom Tile Roundup

15 Fall Porches to Inspire Your Decor

Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

10 Beautiful Farmhouse Bathrooms

 

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Adorable Kids Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

Kids love a special bag to capture all their loot from the big Halloween event. This simple bag is charming and not a bit scary to make.

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Trick or treat loot bag with my favorite squeaky rat.

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

Remember going door to door as a kid? Each year we had a different bag, sometimes it was as simple as a homemade fabric bag. This adorable bag is easy to make with two different fabric scraps and a bit of leftover quilt binding.

The bag has plenty of space for treats, plus it is easy to pull closed to keep all that good stuff from spilling out!

The top of the bag is full of glow in the dark eyes, how fun for the littles to play with in the darkness! I used less than a 1/4 yard of fabric of each print for this project. These fabrics came from JoAnn’s. You can order them through my affiliate link here:

Order the Cats Eye print

Order the Fat Cat Print

Order the Black Quilt Binding

The secret to the bag, is that it has a plastic bottom that allows the bag to retain it’s shape. The plastic is nothing more than the bottom of a gallon milk jug.

Bag Directions

  1. Cut out main fabric, two pieces, 11 ” wide by 15″ long.
  2. Stitch side seams with right sides together.
  3. Stitch 45 degree corners at lower edge of side seams. Turn right side out and press.
  4. Cut Cat’s Eye fabric to size (4 1/2″ wide x 11″ long), use pinking shears to trim lower raw edge.
  5. Sew right side of contrasting Cat’s eye fabric to the wrong side of bag fabric with 1/2″ seam. Turn right side out.
  6. Top stitch 1 1/2″ away from edge seam.
  7. Top stitch again 1″ away from first row of stitching to create drawstring casing.
  8. Insert quilt binding. Use two pieces cut to 24″ each,  sew ends together with zig zag stitch.
  9. Cut milk jug bottom to a height of 4″. Insert into fabric bag. Enjoy!

Looking for more help with this project? I will be doing a Live Facebook demonstration of this project tomorrow! Sign up for my Facebook notification here.

Love this post? Here are more creative ideas:

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Tea Towels with Appliqué

Sewing with Lace

Sewing with Peach Skin

Simple Pillow Tutorial

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