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This Cloud Spa Cuddle® robe makes a great holiday gift for any member of the family and can be gifted year-round. Or, make one for yourself for relaxing around the house!
- Cloud Spa Cuddle® fabric (we chose the Aruba color for our robe)
- Simplicity Pattern 1562 Child's, Teens' and Adults' Robe and Belt pattern. This robe is a Misses' adult small.
- General sewing supplies
We chose Cloud Spa Cuddle® fabric because it has a double-sided, ultra-plush textured surface that feels great on both sides (which is very important for a robe!). We have 10 great colors available on fabric.com for customizing this project.
If you are new to working with Cuddle®, here are some great tips for cutting this plush fabric!
- Check the nap before you cut each piece to be sure it is going in the right direction
- When cutting with a rotary cutter or scissors, you will get "Cuddle® Dust"- the longer the fibers, the more dust. To control this, after cutting remove from your cutting surface and place in the dryer with a damp washcloth on low heat for ~10 minutes.
- For less shedding, use a scalpel-style seam ripper. Use along the edge of your ruler or draw the cutting line along the wrong side first. Cut from the wrong side, then pull apart gently.
- Sew using at least a 3mm stitch length and a lighter tension.
- Use a 90/14 Stretch Needle.
- Be aware of nap, grain and stretch. Stitch stretchy sides together and non-stretchy sides together.
- Pin fabrics together well and sew slowly. Flat flower head pins are best because they are easy to see in the thickness of Cuddle®. Sewing fast will cause upper fabric to stretch.
- Use a Walking Foot or Even Feed Foot to prevent pleating and shifting of fabric.
- Engage the “needle down” feature on your machine. If you do not have this feature, turn the wheel on the right side of your machine to put the needle in the fabric when you stop to adjust the fabric, and continue stitching.
- Make sure that your presser foot tension is not too tight. This can cause the fabric to not feed through the machine evenly. Check your machine’s manual to learn how you can adjust it.