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Terry cloth ideal fabric for robes, towels

| Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002

A terry cloth wrap is ideal after stepping out of the shower or swimming pool. The fabric is inviting against the skin and will absorb the water quickly.

To determine the width of terry cloth needed, measure around the largest parts of the torso, hips and bust. For the overlap and the hem, add 9 inches to the largest measurement. To determine the length of terry cloth needed, measure from the top of the bust line to the desired length on the legs — usually 4-6 inches below the torso. For the elastic casing and hem, add 1 3/4 inches to this measurement.

Clean finish all edges with a serger or over-edge stitch to prevent raveling and fuzzes. Fold the bottom and the side edges 1/2 inch to the right side of the terry cloth and stitch in place.

For the top casing fold the top of the terry cloth 1 3/4 inches to the wrong side of the cloth. Turn up the bottom edge of the fold 1/4 inch and pin in place.

To determine the length of the elastic needed measure around the body above the bust and subtract 7 inches. Cut a piece of 1 1/4 inch elastic and insert it under the fold. Pin the ends of the elastic in place 7 1/2 inches from each end of the fold. Sew the ends of the elastic in place from the top to the bottom.

Sew a row of stitching across the bottom of the fold to secure the bottom edge.

Cut one piece of 3/4-inch Velcro 8 inches long. Sew the loop side of the Velcro to the right side of the underneath edge across the top fold. Sew the hook side of the Velcro to the back side of the front edge across the top fold. The overlap on the front of the wrap is 8 inches.

The right side of the garment is finished by sewing 1 1/2-inch woven preshrunk trim around the bottom and sides of the garment.

Bath and beach towels are an option when selecting terry cloth.

Embroidered names and designs are always a welcome addition to the terry cloth wrap.

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