Instant Cozy Kimono Robe Made From Blanket

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About: Tim Anderson is the author of the "Heirloom Technology" column in Make Magazine. He is co-founder of www.zcorp.com, manufacturers of "3D Printer" output devices. His detailed drawings of traditional Pacific...

Intro: Instant Cozy Kimono Robe Made From Blanket

You won't believe how easy it is to make one of these.
It's also super comfy and cozy.
You'll want to make all your blankets and comforters into kimono robes.

My family were given a couple of fuzzy warm kimono robes like this when we lived in Japan.
I wanted to make one ever since then and it turned out to be really easy.
I've made a bunch of them since then. It's one of my favorite sewing projects.
People really like these robes.

Danielle and little Rhett hang out in cozy comfort. Steve Cooke models the same deluxe model with monkish hood down, prior to adding the holstein/ermine trim.

Step 1: Make Three Cuts in the Blanket

Make the cuts as shown in the diagram.

If you're going to add a hood and don't want a seam against the back of your neck you can leave the triangular tab as shown in the photo. Otherwise cut it off as seen in the drawing.

Step 2: Fold It

Fold on these creases.
Now it'll look like it does in the photo.

Step 3: Sewing

If your sewing machine has trouble with the material get a thinner blanket or sew it by hand.
Use really big stitches if you sew it by hand so it's not so much work.

Don't sew under the armpits. Leave a gap there. Kimonos are like that and so are the robes made by the plains indians. Visit your local museum to see examples.

Get as carried away with details as you want.
Add a big hood, furry lapels, belts, double-breasted with monkey skulls and sand dollars for buttons, etc. etc.

There's not much left over. Here are the scraps after making this robe, which ended up having a belt and hood made from the same material.
This is an amazingly efficient use of cloth.

Step 4: The Hood

Cut two pieces like this and sew them onto the kimono to make a hood.
Or cut a bigger piece and fold it over to look like this and save some sewing.

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    jschellhase

    2 years ago

    Can you add some scale measurements? What size blanket should we use? Twin? Queen? Or King even? Will this work with down comforters? That is the material I intend to use.

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    TechDante

    6 years ago on Introduction

    saw this in one of the make volumes but forgot which one. but it is so easy to make i knocked one up in twenty minuets even with my man sewing skills. this was just the start plan to make a better one as soon as i can borrow a sewing mahine from a relative

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    it didn't take long at all and real simple, the men love it for the cold weather

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    rhett

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Hey Tim, this was such a great present, we use ours all the time still!

    I just found out they sell versions of these on TV without the cool cow fringe for $19.95:

    https://www.freesnuggie.com

    Warning: I do not endorse the made-for-tv version, and highly recommend people make their own with this instructable instead. I just thought it was funny that these hit mainstream.

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    rhettrhett

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    On closer inspection, the "snugglies" don't even have a hood! It looks like you have a product here that can one-up the snugglie.

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    kiss10

    9 years ago on Introduction

    This was great! I have wanted one of these for awhile, but wasn't really into the thin fleece the snuggies and slankets are made of - so I made one out of an old comforter I had, its awesome! I wanted big sleeves, so I stitched mine closed, but it still came out great. Soon I'm going to add some trim with bias tape, and possibly a hood... Unfortunately, there was not enough blanket for one :o( - but if I can find some complimentary fabric I might add it. Thanks!

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    zus

    11 years ago

    Im going to goodwill tonight for sure and making me a BA Kimono I remember back when i lived in hawaii going to bone dance's and i used to love wearing my kimono sadly it doesnt fit anymore but this is really cool brings me back great instructable :)

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    grannyideaszus

    Reply 11 years ago

    Wallmart sells pretty cheap fabrics--like fleece , which comes 60" wide; but you better hurry because they are discontinuing their fabric section. On the other hand, now might be a good time to buy it because they'll probably be clearancing it out soon. I've made ponchos out of fleece that were 60" X 60"--just cut a hole in the center for your head to poke through. Edges do not fray, so you could either cut fringe in the fabric or leave plain.

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    brettbarthgrannyideas

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I'm not sure all Wal-Marts are discontinuing their fabric. One in my area did stop selling it, but continues to sell some little things, while the other still sells fabric.

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    morbius42076

    10 years ago on Introduction

    My girlfriend bought me a nice robe from Sears for X-mas one year. Cost her bout $80. Still have it. Use it alot. Think I'll make her one. Yours looks like it could be warmer than mine. Cudos!

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    bluelizard3

    10 years ago on Introduction

    wow it looks really easy. I've always wanted a blanket robe. I love this style and I am excited about making one.

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    chub

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I'd like to try this but I don't get it. Perhaps it is my unfamiliarity with the structure of a kimono. How does it go together? Where do you put your big stitches?

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    misteek

    11 years ago on Introduction

    this is awesome, but i need a more detailed guide. anyone want to rewrite it in more detail? great idea though!

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    hack124x768

    11 years ago

    It's fuzzy and warm. :) I am SO wearing this to school tomorrow.

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    jackfr0st

    11 years ago

    where is it that you sew ? please clarify

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    Kiteman

    11 years ago

    Nice Instructable, and easy to turn into a costume for the short warrior in your life...

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    jnixon

    11 years ago

    That is really cool. I need to find an awesome looking blanket to make one out of.