Thursday, November 7, 2013

Super Fast and Easy DIY Harry Potter Robe from a T-Shirt in 15 Minutes - DIY Harry Potter Costume

If you need a wizard robe as part of your own little one's Harry Potter, then this is for you.  You can make an awesome wizard robe out of a T-shirt in about 15 minutes.  If you're interested in other accessories and parts of the costumes you see in these pictures, be sure to check out the tutorials linked at the bottom of this post.  I sell Hogwarts House Scarves here.

I was frantically trying to finish up our family's Harry Potter themed costume and folding laundry trying to find the kids' black pants and socks to go with their costumes.  While folding a T-shirt it hit me...perfect starting place for a wizard robe, and honestly I liked the hang better than the "real" robe I'd made for my oldest.

Here's what you'll need:
Oversize T-shirt
Large black button (optional)
Black thread
Iron-on Hogwarts patch  {You can buy one here (affiliate link) or make your own.}  I'll have a tutorial for making your own up soon.
Sewing machine  (although if you don't have a sewing machine, there's so little sewing you could do it by hand or even use a glue gun.)

If you want to make a doll version, they're made the same way.  You can see my tutorial for an 18-in doll Hogwarts Robe here.

You need to start with an oversize T-shirt.  I used an adult size large for my smallish 4-year-old.  I used a child size 10-12 shirt for my 20-month-old.  Basically you want the sleeves to go to their wrists and the hem to go to their feet.

Lay the T-shirt out inside out on the floor.  Lay your child on top of it, so that they are centered and their shoulders are even with the top of the shirt.

Use a light colored pencil to mark your sew lines.  I used a yellow colored pencil, but the lines didn't show up in the picture, so I added them into the picture with my computer.

Before moving or cutting the shirt, use straight pins to hold fabric together where your lines are drawn.  (Just sew over the pins as you go, as long as your machine can handle it.)  Cut the front of the shirt up the middle.

Sew along your drawn lines and cut out the extra.  At the arm pit corner, you'll need to clip the fabric close to the sew line, but be careful not to cut the thread.

At the center of the front, fold the fabric over about half an inch (although you could do less if you need to to fit your child) toward the back and sew to make a hem down the front.

You can stop here if you just plan on having your cloak open.  However, if you want a button, you'll need to add a button hole near the collar.  I used a scrap of the t-shirt fabric to reinforce my button hole, although that's not necessary.  T-shirt fabric stretches quite a bit, so you can actually make the button hole a little shorter than your button.  Be sure the button hole is going the same direction as the color...side to side...otherwise the button is likely to pull out of the button hole while the cloak is being worn.

Sew a button on the other side of the cloak.  (I used a fabric covered button because I had some left over from the other costumes we were making, but any large black button will do.

Iron on or sew on your Hogwarts patch.  You can order them here (affiliate link) or you can also print one on an ink jet printer.  I'm hoping to have a tutorial up for that soon.

That's it! 

I have lots of Harry Potter inspired gifts and fun things in my shop.  The selection is always changing.

See these links for more details about other Harry Potter themed crafts we've done...and be sure to check back because I'll be adding more as I get them written up.

Gryffindor Deathly Hallows Quilt


 Hogwarts Crest Quilt

Slytherin Quilt - Green and Silver
 Slytherin Quilt

 Giant Monster Book of Monster Cushion (No Sew)

Golden Snitch Birthday Cake
 Slytherin Quilt


Granger-Lovegood 2016 Election Shirts 

Potter - Weasley 2016 Election Shirts 


Lumos and Nox Quilt

Harry Potter Party Overview


 Hedwig Necklace

Accio Book Tote Tutorial - Freezer Paper Stencil 
Harry Potter Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil

Easy Harry Potter Wands 

Printable Hogwarts Library Book Plates

Printable Harry Potter Valentines

Easy Harry Potter (Hogwarts) House Scarves

Golden Snitch Necklace

Golden Snitch Cupcakes

Ron Weasley "I'm a Keeper" Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil

Ginny Weasley's Golden Snitch Skirt
DIY Quidditch Association Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil (Boy Version)
DIY Quidditch Association Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil (Girl Version)
Harry Potter Wizard Robe in 15 Minutes from a T-shirt

Harry Potter Family Themed Costumes

Harry Potter Inspired Charm Ornaments

Harry Potter Printable Spell Books

Harry Potter Printable Dementor Themed Chocolate Bar Wrappers Books

The Hermione Skirt
Dementor's Kiss-Away Free Printable Party Favor or Valentine

DIY Hogwarts Robe for 18-inch Doll

Hermione in the Library - CraftingCon Post

Harry Potter Potions Ornaments

 Harry Potter Robes with Oly*Fun

 The Wand Skirt

 Always Doe Pillow

Deathly Hallows Pillow
 Deathly Hallows Pillow

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  1. That's absolutely brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I've been meaning to stop by and comment on my love for your Harry Potter costumes this year! They are amazing and the simplicity of these robes!!! Fantastic! I just love it!

  3. My daughter is planning a Harry Potter birthday party for her son, and we're hoping to make these as party favors. It's also a great idea of using t-shirts for other robe costumes. Thanks so much!

  4. You're a genius! I love all of your Harry Potter tutorials.

  5. I just made one of these last night for my toddler. Super easy, quick, and it looks great. Thanks for making this wonderful tutorial!

  6. P.s. I did do one thing differently that might be helpful to others - I knew my wiggly kid wouldn't hold still, so I used a T-shirt that fits him well to mark the sewing lines on the robe, instead.


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