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Sew a Poncho

Debbie Colgrove
Dateline: 07/29/04

They say that fashion repeats itself and although a poncho is not a new fashion, it has come back into vogue. The New York Times recently offered a wonderful article with photos of many poncho options. Be sure to take a peek for inspiration.

Materials needed:
Optional: Trim

Note: With your arms out to your sides, measure from wrist to wrist across the shoulders. Cut a square that when measured from corner to corner will match this measurement plus 1" for hems.

  • With square folded, cut a 7" circle from the folded point of the square.
  • Make a 3 - 6" slit towards one point of the square from the circle edge.
  • Round off the corner from the circle to the slit. (I used a desert plate which is also a 7" circle.)
  • Lay the fabric out flat and create a facing pattern.
  • Cut out facing.
  • Place the right sides of the facing and body together, matching the edges.
  • Stitch with a 1/4" seam, pivoting at the end of the "V" formation.
  • Grade and clip the seam. Press.
  • Under stitch the facing seam or top stitch the facing in place.
  • Turn under the edges of the square 1/4" and turn under 1/4" again. Miter the corners for a smooth finished edge.
  • Trim the edge of the square if desired.
    Tips & Ideas
  • The sample shown in the facing photos is made with a vinyl coated denim. We also increased the Fluted Toddler hat pattern by 10% to create a matching rain hat.
  • Use folded braid to cover the neckline edge, mitering the "V".
  • Make a larger circle and eliminate the slit.
    Poncho Directions found on the internet
  • Poncho Directions from Fabrics.com
  • PONCHO TARP-TENT - These are free instructions for making a rain poncho for hiking and backpacking, which can also be used with two hiking poles as a tarp-tent.
  • Viva Mexico! make a Poncho…
  • How to Make a Poncho for Cinco de Mayo
  • Cloak Making Guide - The Basic Rectangular Pattern.
  • Capes/Ponchos/Shawls available to order on oldpatterns.com
  • Birch Street Pattern - Rain Poncho with fanny pack at wazoodle.com
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