Are you joining in with HM The Queen’s official birthday celebrations this weekend? We are, with special events taking place at our Piccadilly flagship store, and fun food and craft ideas to brighten up your local street party. Little ones can be Kings and Queens for the day with these brilliant personalised royal robes, which can be quickly whizzed up in time for this weekend’s royal birthday celebrations. Over to our friends Tia and Laura of The Little Button Diaries…
These measurements will fit a child aged 3-4 years. To make robes for older children, add an extra 5cm to the fabric square for each additional year (so, for a 4-5 year old, you’ll need an 85cm square, and so on).
To make one royal robe, you will need:
80cm cotton duck square (we used Guards & Friends for our King and Antique Rose for our Queen)
Approx. 0.25m furry white fabric
Paper and pen
Approx. 15cm felt square
1m ribbon (1.5cm thick)
White sewing thread
Fusible webbing and an iron
To make the robe
Begin by folding the fabric square in half diagonally and then in half again (1). At the narrowest end cut off 10cm off from the point (2). At the other end cut along the fabric along the existing straight raw edge visible on the top layer of the fold (3 – 4).
Open up the fabric to reveal a cape shape. Trim along the bottom edge of the cape to give it a gentle curve (5). Fold the bottom edge in 5mm and press. Fold in 5mm again, then pin and sew using a sewing machine to create a hem (6).
Cut two pieces of the furry fabric measuring 8 x 70cm and one piece measuring 8 x 25cm (7). Take each of the two long strips of furry fabric and fold them along the length so that the edges just overlap, creating a tube (8).
Pin and sew the ‘tubes’ in place along each side of the robe, on the front (9). Trim off the excess fabric at the bottom of the cape to create a neat edge. You can fluff the fabric back up using a brush if there are any bits caught in the seams.
For the neckline, pin and sew the smaller strip of fur to the top of the cape (wrong sides together) along both edges, with a 1cm seam allowance (10). Fold 1cm under on the other side of the fur and pin and sew to the outside of the cape, 2cm down from the top.
On paper, draw your child’s first initial to fit the square of felt (11). Pin this onto the felt and cut one piece from it and one from fusible webbing (12). Lay the robe out flat and place the fusible webbing, followed by the felt, on the back, about 15cm from the top of the cape in the centre. Make sure the webbing is completely under the felt then press to fuse the felt to the robe as per the manufacturer’s instructions (13). Use strong glue to attach the sequins (royal jewels!) to the letters (14).
Take the ribbon and push it through the fur trim channel at the top of the cape. If you find the tricky you can attach a safety pin on one end and use that to pull the ribbon through. And that’s it – your royal robes are ready to adorn your King or Queen!
If you happen to pass by our flagship store on London’s Piccadilly this weekend, you can even pick up the crowns and Union Jacks shown in our pics – for free – as well as joining with plenty more royal fun and games! Find out more here.