Diana Nyad really captured my imagination when she recently completed a swim from Cuba to Florida. I am no athlete but I swim after Aqua Exercise twice a week. When I am inspired by someone, I sew something in their honor! I had to dig up my swimming fabric, now what to make? How about something for when I go to the pool? I had made a shower robe about a decade ago so I decided to make a new one. How about if you make one also? You need a big towel, elastic, velcro and at least a half yard of fabric. Follow along with this DIY shower robe tutorial.
Cut a strip the same dimension for the front decoration. My fabric was direction so I had to cut this going the lengthwise not the cross way of the fabric. Sew both strips right sides together and turn inside out. They are ready to be used now.
Zig zag strip down along the edge of towel. Sew both sides. Clip threads.
Straps are optional as it will close with velcro but I like having them. Cut a 4.5 to 6.5 wide piece of fabric, depending on how wide you want it. Fold lengthwise sides in, press. Fold again and stitch.
Using a safety pin, work the elastic all the way through to the other end. This is an even bigger pain than turning those tubes of fabric inside out. Try the robe on and adjust the elastic to your comfort.
Attach the elastic really well on both ends. . Really really well. Now you are ready to sew down the rest of the casing.
Cut off the remaining casing on the back side leaving a bit to fold over. Fold it over and sew it down. Sew the other side down like you originally sewed on the casing. Fold over the raw edge at the end of the table.
Pretty darn easy, make one for a friend. Watch for sales on fun, big towels. You could make them for kids but use a smaller towel and you could decorate it more.
This will fit you whereas a commercial shower robe might not because you are making it to your size!
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Want to see another quick idea for a gift? It's an even faster tutorial for a purse size Kleenex cover.