How to Make a Boxing Robe

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Keep your little boxer's muscles warm with a custom boxing robe.
Keep your little boxer's muscles warm with a custom boxing robe. (Image: Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Create a boxing robe as a gift for your favorite boxer or for a play accessory for a little boxer-in-training. Make an authentic looking robe with a sleek satin fabric or keep the robe inexpensive by using a rayon fabric instead. The robe requires no special patterns because it is made by using a short bathrobe as a template. When the robe is finished, add a hand embroidered monogram or an iron-on image to customize it for your special boxer.

Things You'll Need

  • Seam ripper
  • Short bathrobe (for template)
  • Lining fabric
  • Satin or rayon fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Straight pins
  • Satin ribbon

Use the seam ripper to separate the sleeves from the bathrobe. Rip open the stitches all the way around the arm opening and then rip open the stitches down the length of each sleeve. Rip open the stitching around the cuffs.

Separate the front of the robe from the back by ripping open the stitches along each side seam. You now have all the template pieces for the boxing robe. You have two sleeves, two front sections and one back section.

Lay each template piece on the lining fabric and trace around each shape with tailor’s chalk. You do not need to leave extra room for seam allowances because these are already incorporated in the template pieces. Cut out each piece from the lining fabric.

Lay each template piece on the outer fabric and trace around the shapes. Use real satin fabric or use rayon for a less expensive alternative. Cut out the shapes and set these aside.

Assemble the lining sleeves. Fold each sleeve in half lengthwise, right side inward, and sew a running stitch down the edges opposite the fold. Leave 1/4-inch of fabric past the stitches for the seam allowance. Fold over 1/2-inch of fabric along the bottom cuff of each sleeve and sew a running stitch.

Lay the back section of the lining face up and lay the two front sections on top with the right sides down. Align the outer edges and sew a running stitch with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Leave an opening for the armholes on each side.

Align the sleeves with the armholes, pin the sleeves to the armholes and sew a running stitch around the fold with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. All of the lining pieces are now connected.

Fold over 1/2-inch of fabric along the top edge of the boxing robe lining and along the bottom hem. Sew these folds in place.

Repeat the above steps to assemble the outer fabric for the robe in the same manner.

Turn the outer robe inside out. Turn the lining robe right side out. Slide the sleeves of the outer robe into the sleeves of the lining robe. Pin the lining and outer fabric cuffs together. Pin the top edges of the two robes together, as well as the sides and bottom hems of the robes.

Sew a slipstitch along each pinned section of the robe to attach the lining. Turn the robe right side out to put the lining fabric on the inside.

Cut a long piece of satin ribbon, at least 48 inches in length. Fold the ribbon in half and pin the folded section to the back center of the robe. Sew it in place to attach the sash for the robe.

References

  • "The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress"; Sarai Mitnick
  • "Sew Everything Workshop"; Diana Rupp
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