We were at a play date last week at a neighbor’s house when Milo came running down in a jedi robe. It was simply sewn out of a beautiful brown linen fabric, and after some quick examination I was determined to add DIY Jedi Robe to my to-sew list for the kids. Just a day later, when we were out fabric shopping for a summer dress, the boys grabbed a bolt of brown linen and the project moved up the list to next-in-line.
I have ideas for new projects to sew all the time, but it is hard to make the time to actually do them! There are simply so many other things that I could be doing at any given part of the day. Like laundry. Never ending baskets of laundry.
But Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is helping me make time for both. I’ve used it on my linens for about a year, and recently started using it with the rest of my laundry, too. It is making such a difference! For example, I manage my laundry by letting clean clothes pile up and folding everything at once, instead of folding each load right out of the dryer. In the past, the folded clothes would still be wrinkled from being crumpled in the baskets and I had to pull out the iron for easily-wrinkled fabrics (like this Jedi linen). But now I simply spray as I fold; the wrinkles smooth out and the clothes feel refreshed.
I’m excited to partner with Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus today to share a tutorial so you can make your own DIY Jedi Robe. Or if you don’t sew, grab a coupon to try it out and save time for the things you do love!
This DIY Jedi Robe doesn’t use a pattern, but instead only requires a few basic measurements and a little bit of eyeballing. Also, instead of wasting time hemming all of the edges, I simply serged them with my Baby Lock Diana, which was another way to simplify the project. Sometimes “done” is better than “perfect,” and these kids are way happier with unhemmed robes than none at all!
Are you ready to make your own DIY Jedi Robe? Here’s what you’ll need:
2-3 yards of brown linen or linen blend
sewing machine or serger
Measure from the child’s shoulder to the floor. Multiply this number by 2. This will be the total length of the fabric you need. Then fold in half at the shoulders. (Example: 40″ = 80″ of fabric folded in half, so 40″ from the fold to the raw edges)
With the child’s arms outstretched, measure fingertip to fingertip across the shoulders. This will be the width of the fabric. Then measure from the finger to the shoulder. This will be the sleeve length.
With the shoulder fold on top, fold the fabric in half widthwise, with the center fold as the robe center front and back.
Measure down about 1/3-1/4 of the length and cut inward towards the center fold. Turn and cut at an angle straight out to the edge of the fabric at the raw end, making a triangle.
Measure about 3″ in from the edge on the center fold and cut a small neck opening about 1/2″ deep.Cut the tip off of the triangle cut-out and stitch along the flat end. These joined pieces will create the hood piece. Alternatively, you could cut a hood piece from a different piece of fabric.
Lay the stitched hood pieces together and cut in the shape of a hood, measuring the neckline to meet the neck opening of the robe.Stitch around the edge of both hood pieces together and set aside.Stitch the side seams of the robe, starting at the wrists and continuing around the underarms, down to the hem. The whole robe should be intact at this point, because you used the fold as a shoulder seam.
Cut up the front of the robe along the center line.
You’re done! Wasn’t that easy? I made all three of these robes in about an hour (minus the quick trip we had to take back to the fabric store for another couple yards of linen). I have a feeling the boys will each live in his DIY Jedi Robe, and I’ll need to sneak them away for washing like I do with some of their other favorite clothing items.
I’m already prepared to pull the crumpled masses of fabric from the bottom of the baskets, give them a quick spray with Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus, smooth them out, and send them back on their way to play.In case you’re unfamiliar with Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus, I thought I’d add a little visual. It’s especially fitting since the first shirt I grabbed from the top of my basket was Plum’s vintage Star Wars tee. This is how it works:
I generally divide the clean laundry by person, creating several small mountains from my one giant pile. Then as I pull wrinkled tee shirts, shorts, and linens from the piles, I give them a quick spritz and smooth my hand across them to flatten nicely. The spray helps keep them flat, removing some of the wrinkles on the spot. Then I fold them up nicely, and they continue to flatten out in piles before they go back into the kids’ drawers. (Which may take another day or two!)
My organization and schedule with the laundry has definitely ebbed and flowed. I had a really great rhythm months back, but right now things are crazy in my life, so I’m loving every simple tip and trick that can make life easier.
I think my kiddos appreciate my taking the time to whip them up these quick and easy robes, too. It feels really good to make something for them that they’ll love and use every day!