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Bath Robes = The Perfect Gift

Hello everyone!  It’s that time of year when many people like to give special gifts to others.  Bath Robes = The Perfect Gift with Simplicity 1562, an “@Home Easy-to-Sew” pattern!  If you’re really big on holiday shopping, you’ve probably already started, or perhaps you’re done already.  I used to do a lot of shopping for Christmas but that’s a thing of the past for me.  My Christmas shopping is limited to my husband, two sons, mother, and nieces & nephews (only 3 of them).  I also participate in a gift exchange with my Gourmet Cooking Club once a year.  Whenever I host a Christmas Tea Party, I will give a small gift to my guests.

This has worked out really well for me and eliminated the stressful feelings that accompanied my efforts to purchase gifts for everyone.  At some point I began to realize that I was allowing myself to be distracted from the reason I celebrate, and that is the birth of Jesus Christ.  Since I released myself from that burden, the holiday season is very peaceful for me and my family.

December 25th is also my husband’s birthday.  Since we have been married, he always gets special treatment for Christmas.  I always buy him both, Christmas and birthday gifts.  He also get’s a homemade birthday cake of his choice.  I love to bake, so I don’t buy cakes unless I get in a bind and need something at the last minute, but never for my husband.  He ALWAYS gets homemade.

This year, I decided that my husband and sons will receive gifts from my sewing machine.  Part one of their gifts is the bath robe.  During the last pattern sale at JoAnn Fabrics, I purchased Simplicity 1562.  For my sons’ robes, I purchased anit-pill fleece fabric from JoAnn’s while it was on sale for 70% off (WooHoo!).  I sent photos of the fabric to them and they liked the first choice.  They’re so easy!  The fleece was very easy to work with and the guys really love their robes.

Bath Robes = The Perfect GiftAfter I finished my son’s robes I took my husband to the fabric store with me to choose his fabric.  My plan was to get another fleece print, but on the way to that section he spotted this fuzzy, plush fabric and said, “I want THAT.”  So off we went to the cutting table.  The moment the attendant starting cutting into the fabric, I knew this would be a messy job, but I was not prepared for how BIG of a mess it would really turn out to be.  There were little black fuzzies everywhere; my machine, my clothes, the walls, arms, face, glasses.  They even started going up my nose.  Take a look at my machine below.  This photo doesn’t even tell the true story.  It was actually worse than it looks.

Bath Robes = The Perfect Gift

So, if you’re planning on using this fabric, I’ve received great advice from two sew sisters.  WEAR A DUST MASK!!!  Seriously!  For the clean-up, I just used the hose of my vacuum, and it worked perfectly.  I even used it on my machine, but I will be taking her to the shop for her annual tune-up after this project.  I tried using the lint roller on my clothes, but it wasn’t enough.  I took the vacuum hose to my clothes you guys!  Hahaha!  It worked!

There were several moments, during construction, when I wanted to just stop.  However, I thought about how good this man is to me, and how supportive he is of my craft, so I kept pushing.  I’m so glad I finished because it looks great and he LOVES it.

Bath Robes = The Perfect GiftI told the guys the robes were part of their Christmas gifts and that they could wear them when I was done, but I wanted them to wait until after the photo shoot.  Well, my youngest son walked by the studio one day and saw his robe hanging on the door.  He asked if it was done.  When I told him that it was, he said, “YES,” grabbed it and took it to his room.  I just sat there with my mouth open and let him go.  Hahaha!  His excitement made me so happy.

Bath Robes = The Perfect GiftI just love my guys!  They’re all very supportive of my sewing and like to see me so enthusiastic about my projects.  Making these robes for them gave me such happiness in my heart.  It’s been a long time since I’ve sewn anything for them.  Next up: they all get shirts.  I have lots of work to do, so I’ll see you all next week.  Enjoy more photos of my guys in their robes.

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Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!

Anita

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Anita Morris

Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

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  1. Jane Lord

    Hi Anita! I am a self taught seamstress. And after sewing for 45 years I can’t believe how much I have learned Just by watching your videos. I must say thank you for helping me in so many areas. Just as an FYI, I’ve made 5 robes, all for gifts!! I’ll make my sixth one (for my husband) soon! I too was loaded with fur from the fleece and I hated that BUT I just LOVE these robes! Again , A BIG THANK YOU and to your family for sharing you!!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh Jane, what a blast you’re having with the robes. Wow! I’m so glad to hear you enjoy the videos. I’m sure your family is really enjoying those precious gifts.

  2. chelvy braggs

    Thank you very for sharing the pictures just beautiful. Yes I will be sewing for Christmas and following you on how to sew Jumpsuit MCCall 7910 my outfit for that day.

  3. Patty

    Thank you so very much for sharing your talent with us!!! You have a beautiful family too! I’m in the process of making three of these robes all for my grandchildren for Christmas. I wish I had seen this before I got into the first robe, LOL!

    May God continue to bless you as you continue to bless us with your gifts and talents.

  4. Ms. Sheila

    They are awesome!!! You have a great gift, and you are an awesome seamstress Anita. I love all three of the robes. I may attempt to try and make one for Christmas 2017. Attempt…. LOL I have to pray first.

  5. Sharon B.

    what a great job and idea! Thanks for sharing Anita ☺ I’m going to whip one of those up for my hubby and son.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you Sharon! Awesome! Have fun sewing the robes. They’re gonna love them.

  6. Marilyn

    I am in love with this robe and plan to make one for my son…as soon as you gift us with a tutorial…hint, hint. I just purchased the pattern for .99 cents at my local Hobby Lobby. With pattern in hand, I walked to JoAnn’s and, lo and behold, the gray fleece that you used to make the robe for your son was on sale plus I had another 20% off coupon. Your son looks so classy in it and I know my son will love it. I’m so lucky to have found it. You are blessed with very kind and handsome men in your life.
    The woman in JoAnn’s told me I could use a regular needle but suggested I use a 90/14 needle so I purchased a package of Schmetz 90/14 needles. Is she correct on the needle size?
    I realize how busy you are but am eagerly awaiting your tutorial on this lovely robe. Once I make this for my son, I’ll treat myself to one.
    I’m working on my t-shirt dresses for the girls in Haiti. I’m so honored to be a part of God’s work for these children. Thank you for sharing your God-given talent with us and may God grant you and your family a joyous and blessed Christmas as we celebrate His Holy birth.

    1. Anita Morris

      Oooooh Marilyn, you SCORED! I’m so glad you liked the robe and found the fabric. Yes, I used a size 14 needle on the robes.

      I do plan on doing a tutorial on the robe but it may not be before Christmas because I have lots of sewing projects waiting to be done before then. Others are asking for this tutorial, so it will come.

      I’m so glad to hear that you are sewing for the children in Haiti. What a blessing!

      Oh, thank you so much for your blessings. I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas too.

  7. FrougieFashionista

    All three look great, but I have to say the hubby has a good eye because that lush fabric looks very lush. What great gifts! Maybe I’ll make my hubby one. I already made robes for the kids.

    1. Anita Morris

      Heeeey Tiffany! Yes, make your hubby one too. He’ll love it.

  8. Lorrie Filet

    Nice robes and fabric choice, handsome family

  9. Jamesha

    Loved this project Mrs. Anita. The fabric your husband picked looks really luxurious and soft just sounds like a lot of trouble lol. Love the pictures you captured!

  10. Julia

    Your guys are the best! I’ve always made robes for family members. Guess it’s time to make ME one! ha ha!!! It’s 18 degrees already–brrrrr!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Julia! Yaaay! Have fun making your robe. I need one too, but you need a super cozy one with those temperatures. Wow!

  11. Jo Anna Jones

    Hello Anita,

    Last Sunday I was just browsing the internet for some instructions on sewing. I saw you name “Anita by Design” and I said , hum, let me see what this is about. With that said, I clicked on it. I read your story on how you got started. I too began sewing at an early age and put it on the back burner for awhile. I’ve picked it back up and I do alterations right now. I can sew a little bit, but nowhere close to the degree of your sewing. I am so amazed at the degree of your sewing. You are the bomb!! I have been telling everyone I know at work about your website and i can’t hardly wait to tell the ladies at my church. Oh, did I mention you look fabulous in your outfits as well. I haven’t seen you on television and if you do have a show, I need to know what channel you are on. I’m surprised that Oprah or some other company hasn’t snatched you up. I don’t know of any sewing companies out there. I can just see beginning seamstress and seasoned seamstress lining up to get on your sewing show. I would be the first in line. You do know how awesome you are? You are God-sent talent. You are blessed and highly favored, and I want to be just like you when I grow up. Yep, I’m excited as you can tell. I hope I can get to talk with you one of these days. I am truly thankful for your unselfishness on sewing skills and sharing your expertise on sewing. I can hardly wait to see your next outfit.

    Be blessed,

    Jo Ann 🙂

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Jo Anna! Whoa! You just gave me an earful! Thank you so much for your excitement and beautiful words of encouragement. I receive them all with humility and gladness. No, I’m not on television. LOL! I don’t know where God is taking me with my sewing, but I’ll go where He leads. Thank you for sharing my website with your friends. I really appreciate that. I will be coming with more videos soon. Have a great evening.

  12. Sandra

    These robes are luxurious! Looking at your post was like looking in a men’s clothiers catalog. All I need to do is place my order. LOL You have a beautiful family. God Bless!

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh Sandra, thank you for that awesome compliment! Made me smile.

  13. Lisa

    Wonderful tip on the dust mask. I wish I’d known that a month ago. My flying fuzz was brown.
    🙂

    Great job, too, on the robes. You are a very lucky lady to have such wonderful men and smiles in your life.

    1. Anita Morris

      Ooooh, Lisa! At least we know now! We’ve both learned! Hahaha! Thank you so much! Their smiles make me smile.

  14. Queendeb/Deborah Hill

    The robes look GREAT, can see why you son couldn’t wait to put it on. Good tip on the dust mask..

  15. Corynne

    Great job. You got me rethinking my pattern choice for my husband. They really do like them and they look store bought for sure!! Thanks for the inspiration. Going to get a dust mask…

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much Corynne! Yes, ma’am! Please get that dust mask! Hahaha! Have fun sewing your husband’s robe and get ready to see the smile on his face.

  16. JENNIFER

    Oh Ms. Anita, those robes are fabulous the men look absolutely handsome rocking their robes!! thanks for the heads up on the black fabric. I’ll be sure to avoid that fabric when I go to Joann and make sure not to take hubby with me, for fear he’ll be drawn to that particular fabric LOL!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hahahahaha! You’re very welcome and thank you for the comment.

  17. Paulette dowdie

    Love it!!! Beautiful men and talented models!…

  18. shawna

    I wish you would do a video or tutorial on these robes.

    1. Anita Morris

      Shawna, I had actually planned on doing a tutorial to go along with this blog post, but GIRL that black fabric wore me OUT! I will still do a tutorial, but at a later date.

  19. dorothy scales

    great work Anita and I can tell that the guys are loving their robes. Happy Holidays

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you, Dorothy! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  20. Dara

    Anita, what a BEAUTIFUL family and the robes are as well! God bless you. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Nola

    Those robes turned out so nice Ms. Anita! What a blessed and lovely family you have. I’m glad you posted a little about how your shopping for CHRISTmas has dwindled down and became limited. It’s refreshing! I have been doing the same for years and I get frowned upon by many. The few one’s that do understand know the true meaning of the reason for the season. ☝?? Since I haven’t been sewing as long as you, I’m not that confident in my skills to sew gifts yet, but your post shows that one day I will get there! As far as baking, I took that up a few weeks ago and boy have I found out that I’m good at it! Lol! Baked goods from scratch are just to die for! Sooooo, I will be baking goodies as part of my CHRISTmas gifts and hopefully next year they can accompany something I’ve sewn. I guess baking comes with sewing territory huh? ? Thank you again for sharing your craft and sharing a little about yourself and beautiful family.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Nola! Thank you so much for your feedback. Yes, baked goods are the ultimate Christmas gift if you ask me. I’m always soooo happy when someone hands me a platter or box of homemade treats. Yeeees, gifted hands! Gifted hands from God!

  22. Sandra Cunningham

    Beautiful work.

  23. Trenetta

    Nice robes. I used the same fabric as your husband’s robe and it is extremely messy. I had to wash the fabric twice but it is so warm and soft.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Trenetta! Yes, it was a mess and I can’t wait to see what happens in the first wash.

  24. Carol

    Awesome post! They look great! Robes are a wonderful gift and its always the “big box” under the tree!