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Harry Potter Robes and Other Magical Fun

I’ve had this Harry Potter inspired project on the back-burner for the last few months, but with the new (and last!) movie coming out very soon I knew now was the time to tackle it.

And so, may I present, straight from my sewing room Madam Malkin’s: Robes for All Occasions: Gryffindor school robes!

I used this tutorial on BurdaSyle and although I found them a bit of a challenge to put them together, I am pretty happy with the results.

I used broadcloth for its affordability, and found the Gryffindor crest on Etsy.

If you are thinking of making some yourself, definitely read through all of the comments on the tutorial, as they were really helpful in drafting and cutting out the pattern.  Next time (oh yes, there will be a next time, I still have at least one more to make!) despite the extra fabric it will take, I think I will line the whole front, and not just 4 inches as the pattern calls for.  This was the first time I have used seam tape and I wasn’t really happy with it. 

I can’t wait to hand these robes over to their owner tomorrow! 

Harry Potter Fun!

Your robes are on and you are ready for a magical adventure.  Here are some magical ideas I’ve collected from around the web.  (Most of these I used to create a magical day at Hogwarts for my students, but the kitchen creations would be appreciated by fans of all ages.)

1.  Find or make yourself an owl and send letters by “owl post” in invisible ink.  (I was lucky enough to find a beautiful snowy owl stuffy at a yard sale, but several years ago I made a pompom owl for my mother as part of  Harry Potter-themed birthday present, that, of course, had to arrive by owl post.)  Or write letters in regular ink, or with calligraphy pens,  on “scrolls” (receipt or adding-machine tape works great for this!)

2.  Spend a day taking classes at Hogwarts! 

  • Herbology: create magical plants of your own with art supplies, or use your imagination and spend some time in the garden planting and caring for “magical” plants. 
  • Potions: think cooking or science experiments (magic mud is a favourite), or write your own
  • Transfiguration: play a game of charades
  • Charms: create your own spells
  • and if you have enough people, don’t forget to play a game of Quidditch (I have played a modified version with as few as seven people)

3.  Cook up some favourite Hogwarts treats by following some fun recipes on Heather Bailey’s site: Chocolate Wands, Butterbeer and mini broomsticks, Cockroach Clusters, and of course you could always make chocolate frogs or pretend any jelly beans are of the “Bertie Botts Every Flavoured” variety.   

Enjoy!   And remember: “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus”

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  • Reply
    July 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I love the robe! I think it turned out great!

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    July 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I love it!!! Somehow I stopped getting your blog in my inbox…I am going to figure this out right now – I missed the last three posts or so! 🙁


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    Mrs Molly Clark
    July 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I love love love the robe! But am sad my friend is away so we can’t wear our robes together for the opening! Andrea you are the BEST!!

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      July 13, 2011 at 10:03 am

      I am also sad your friend can’t join you… 🙁 I have to get working on that second robe as soon as I get back!

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    The Gift of Handmade - Artisan in the Woods
    January 16, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    […] proud of is this Harry Potter Robe, made for one of my friend’s daughters.  I have made two of these before,in adult sizes, although it was a few years ago.   Being the third, it is also the best one that […]

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    B.C. Morin
    May 7, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Do you still have that tutorial? The link isn’t working 🙁

    • Reply
      May 8, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      Unfortunately it seems the tutorial has disappeared from the BurdaStyle site. Sorry. 🙁

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