Sew a Poncho
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.
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.
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.
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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