With 3 boys, and a husband that all LOVE Star Wars,
you better believe it gets a lot of talk around here.
Several years ago I found this tutorial.
It is easy and simple, and give great direction.
This is based off of that pattern, but easily adapted for kids.
Jedi Robe Tutorial
Measure your Jedi.
You’ll want to measure wrist to wrist
(or hand to hand, depending on how long you want the sleeves),
then shoulder to ankle.
Figure out how much fabric you need.
For my son we measured about 37×37.
So I double the length and rounded up to 80 inches.
Fabric is usually about 40 inches wide,
which was just right, but then I needed 80 inches tall
(since you’ll need a front and back for the robe,
you’ll need the length x2).
36 inches is a yard so I needed about 2 1/4 yard.
Lay out your Jedi with the fold where their shoulders are.
Make sure it’s folded in half long enough to go to the ankle.
Just cut the shape out while they are laying there.
Jedi W here was SO convinced I was going to cut him.
I didn’t, just for the record. :)
Make sure to cut where you want the edge of the arms to be.
You can cut out the neck circle.
It should be about 6 inches wide.
I eyeball it. Lol. :)
Next you’ll want to sew up your edges where the arrows are.
(I’ll talk more about the hood in a bit)
If you start at the bottom of the robe (on one side of course),
then sew the sleeve closed,
you can just hem the edge of the sleeve right then as well.
I just turned mine over so it was about the same width as the presser foot.
You can do this however you’d like though.
It it looks like inside out still.
Fold your robe in half.
Then cut down the middle.
Make sure to only cut ONE layer though!
This will make the opening of the robe, and you don’t want to cut the back!!
Ta Da! It’s now more robe looking instead of dress looking.
Cut your hood.
Depending on the size of your Jedi, you can do different sizes.
The tutorial I linked says to do 12×24.
I did that this time.
However, I’ve also done 10×20, and 11×22.
So … whatever you want will work.
Just make sure that the length is double the width.
Told the hood in half,
and sew along one of the side edges.
Alright, so we’re going to sew the hood to the robe.
I think the pictures are tricky to show exactly what is happening.
Here is the hood, and the robe.
I have arrows pointing showing which edges you’ll be sewing together.
So you’ll take the edges of the hood, and line the right sides together,
and pin each edge.
Then you’ll want to take the middle back of the hood
(where you sewed the hood closed)
and line that up with the middle part of the neck.
Pin once more there.
Sew that edge together the best you can.
If your next is way bigger than your hood,
just make small folds/pleats and help it fit better.
Tie for Robe (optional)
I decided I was going to make a tie for this robe.
I haven’t done that in the past, but thought it’d be a nice little extra.
Remember, this is OPTIONAL.
It’s just a bonus, but the other 2 robes we’ve had have functioned for 4 years without a tie.
Measure your Jedi’s waist.
Then decide how much longer you want to make the tie.
You’ll also want to decide how wide you want the tie.
My Jedi was 24 inches at the waist, and I did 36 inches long.
Then I cut it 4 inches wide, so when I folded it in half, it’d be 2 inches.
Fold the tie in half, and sew along the long edge to close.
Then you’ll need to stuff it through itself to it get it right side out.
Tedious work. I hate that part, lol.
Once your tie is the right side out,
You can tuck in the raw ends, and sew them closed.
I sewed all along all 4 edges, just to make it more uniform looking.
So, where you see arrows. When I got to the other raw edge, I just tucked it in again.
It looked like this.
Find the middle back of the robe, and the tie.
Pin in place, and sew.
I used my back stitch and normal stitch,
and went back and forth about 5 times each.
So … confession time.
I planned to have this post up on Monday,
then go busy,
then got tired from being pregnant …
So here it is Friday and I finished the robe.
However, Jedi W, was at school when I finished.
So here is the Jedi robe (the one I just made is on the left).
However, instead of being on my almost 7 year old,
it’s pictured on my almost 4 year old. :)
Improvising … or something like that.
My 2 1/2 year old is wearing the 4 year old’s robe.
So ya know … it’s all good.
My (almost) 7 year old in his Jedi Robe.
(He got home from school finally)
A note about fabric used:
There are so many different fabrics you could use.
I believe the link tutorial says to use a linen type fabric.
When I made the original ones several years ago (the darker one picture),
I used a thicker felt like fabric.
I couldn’t find the exact fabric, so I did use felt this time around.
It can be pricey, but if you use a coupon it’s great.
Also … it holds up SO great!
I’ve had my two older robes since my almost 7 year old was 4.
So, they’ve really held up well.
They don’t get overly wrinkled when just thrown into the dress up box, and the kids can play with them good and hard, and they don’t rip.
So just take into account what you’ll be doing with the robe and what fabric will work best for you. :)