I have been a fan of Harry Potter since I first read the books when I was twelve years old. This Harry Potter robes DIY is here to make your like easier after being on a search of dressing my little ones as the characters and making the dream a reality! We have Jackson dressing up as Harry, Jayne as Hermione, and Jett as Ron. I mean, come on, Jayne makes the perfect little Hermione! Because there are so many pieces to the Harry Potter costume I wanted it to look authentic but also not break the bank.
I decided to buy them official looking Hogwarts scarves and ties but I did NOT want to spend $20+ dollars on each robe. I even went to the fabric store and almost had the fabric all cut when I realized that it was just too much money to justify a Halloween costume…even though I wanted to BADLY. Lucky for me I stumbled across an idea to use a t-shirt as a robe and Joanns’ happened to have a sale three shirts for $9. YES! I can do that.
Making this tutorial was something as an afterthought. I had already made two and was rushing to make the third when Melissa suggested I share this tutorial. So these robes are actually the ones I made for Jett. When I made the robes for Jackson and Jayne I actually had them lie down on the t-shirt to get a better idea of where to cut the sleeves along side their bodies, but as this one was for my baby I knew he wouldn’t lie still! I did cut one of his arms/sleeves a little small, it still works, but I should have left a little more room.
What you will need:
pins (if you prefer)
1. Turn the t-shirt inside out and lay it down with the front of the shirt on top
2. Cut the sleeves (you can mark them with a marker or crayon, I simply eyeballed it. One tip I would have is to leave the very tip of the sleeve attached so that the two sides of the sleeve don’t separate entirely while cutting. This makes it easier to sew up later. Repeat on the other side. You can even use the piece you cut before to use it as a guide for the other side if you would like
3. Cut a line right up the middle of the front of the robe. The t-shirt will naturally roll when cut. I used this to my advantage and did not use pins to sew it up the side. I did use a tight zig-zag stitch to finish the arms and seam up the front. (sew this with wrong sides together), once you are done sewing turn it right side out.
4. Your last step is to sew on the button. You could also use velcro. I would suggest using the pieces that you cut out for the arms to do a few practice rounds of making a button hole with the sewing machine. (I needed the practice!)
And there you have it! Quick and easy Harry Potter robes that your kids will love. I also ordered the Gryffindor patch to put on the robe but it hasn’t come in the mail yet. Sorry, this is such a quick tutorial, please let me know if you have any questions!
Oh yes, and for sizing ideas
I bought my very tall 6 year old a XXL
My tall 3 year old a Large
and my 11 month old baby a Youth Small
I will add a picture of all after Halloween! I will tell you that those who saw my little ones in these robes at our first Halloween party LOVED them, in fact a young girl said as we were walking by, “Those are NICE costumes!” 🙂
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