DIY : Sew a Poncho
I needed some distraction from sorting all the stuffs in the storage room and made a poncho. I’ve seen some made from scarfs and it seems like a quick and easy pattern-less project. This is also good for using up those left-over “L” shaped fabrics after you’ve made a top.
All you have to do is cut out two rectangles , do a double fold all over the edges and top stitch over them. Then overlap the long ends , top stitch leaving a hole in the middle. Lace up the sides and you have a poncho ! Quick and easy, isn’t it ?
This is the front …
I like the sides and the back more than the front, actually… I might wear this biking. It should be very breezy.
I love this so much! ~M.
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Love it! Great idea. Do you recall the length of your rectangles? Probably doesn’t matter too much, so long as it’s long enough. Going to give this a try. Thank you for sharing!
🙂 🙂 🙂
I love this!! when you laced up the sides, did you just sew through the fabric or did you actually make buttonholes?
Thank you! It was a quick project so I just poke holes with an awl. Buttonholes would be neat !
Going to get fleece fabric to make a poncho this weekend.
Fleece would be lovely n warm 🙂 happy fabric shopping!
Love it!! Where did you find the gorgeous fabric?
Thank you ! I found it in a local fabric store … N on discount !
This is way cute. I really just need a guide to how you put it all together. Love this.
How much fabric (in yards) did you start with?
I made this with left over fabric but I think 1.5 to 2 yards would be enough.
Love it!! Can you please elaborate on how you laced the sides?
Thank you, Lissette ! I just poke holes with an awl and lace them up like shoelaces with the bow tied on the bottom of the poncho.
Great sewing project for beginners!
I want a tutorial with pictures… and steps…. and for someone to hold my hand while I make this….this is sooo darn cute! And I want this fabric. You are good! 🙂 TFS
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Where did you get the fabric?
at a local fabric store, many years ago 🙂
It was inevitable that Miss Snarky Pants would one day come across Salty Mom! I love this idea and am going to try it using Indian fabric salvaged from an old maxi dress that has ripped and can’t be repaired. If it turns out alright, ponchos may be my summer fashion statement (i.e. the way in which I hide my muffin top). BTW, this is going to be my first project using my new sewing machine, the one I don’t know how to use yet…so this could be interesting. Thanks again for this neat project.
P.S. I’m also going to attempt the button holes. Be afraid; be very afraid.
Button holes ! oh, that’s hardcore 🙂 Thanks for leaving a comment , now i get to read your blog too.
Thanks for visiting my blog. I know, button holes sound terrifying – like something between a worm hole and a black hole. I fully expect to be vacuumed up into space or transported in time.
Picked fabric for this over the weekend. Can’t wait to make it! Super cute!!
Cool ! I feel excited too !
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I love that I can look through the remnants at the fabric store and make something really pretty if I find one I like -thanks!!!
It’s like finding a treasure !
So I gave this a try and it came out OK but I think the rectangles were too wide. What was the width of yours?
Thanks for trying it out, Leann. I don’t have the exact measurement with me, but you can try measuring from the base of the neck down the shoulders to midway above the elbow.
Thank you for sharing! I’ve been looking for this simple project to make using my beautiful sheer fabric to wear over my tank tops for summer! Yay! Did you know NORDSTROMS had this same style and sold for 600.00-1,200.00- No kidding! Now I’ll look rich, rich, rich, but I’m Not, not, not!
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What does double fold mean
Hi Claudia, It means folding the edge of the fabric twice so the raw edges are inside and won’t fray.
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When you say overlap the long ends, how much of an overlap?
Just enough that the bottom piece’s hem is hidden underneath the top piece.
Can you send me pic of how to line up rectangles–I’m a beginner.
I love this blouse!
Love the idea!!! Thank you very much for sharing! I would love to make one with a wonderful piece of wool I have, a winter version………I’ll let you know.
That’s a great idea! Wool would be so soft and comfy 🙂
One more question about the overlap… were the 2 pieces literally stacked right on top of each other, or were they angled a bit to for a “v” for the neck?
I sew one piece on top of the other and when I reach the neck opening, i kindof spread it out to make a “v” 🙂
Just recently found the fabric I wanted on CRAFTSY. It is a Boho print from Cotton and Steel, and it’s a good thing that I came here tonight because I need to buy another yard sinc you say 1.5 to 2 yards to make it right. Love your work! Great Ideas!
Thanks JuneBug, I love the prints from Cotton and Steel too 🙂
Hi, just wanted to tell you your version of the poncho is very easy as well as chic – I have included your tutorial in a round up post of Poncho patters – Hope you will take a look http://sewguide.com/how-to-sew-poncho-patterns/
Thanks for including me Sarina ! That’s a nice selection. I especially like the one by Needle and Ted, so cute 🙂
🙂 my pleasure
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I have a skirt that is too big now, I might try to re-purpose it into this!
Great Idea ! I love repurposing the old into the new too 🙂
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Wow, absolutely gorgeous and clever
So beautiful and so easy.
I like that. I have a gauze dress that I want to do something with and repurpose it. Cant decide between kimono or poncho.
Great pattern. I’m not clear on measurements and how you did the V necks. Thx
Thank you ! For the length, I measure from my shoulders to where I want the poncho to land and times that by 2. The width is measured from base of my neck, down the shoulders to where the end of the sleeves will be. Then all the edges of the rectangle pieces are double folded and top stitched. For the V neck , I pinned the pieces so they overlap and top stitched them together. Hope that helps 🙂
Love this. I might make this a little longer asca swimsuit cover up.
Great idea !
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is it possible to measure your poncho to give us beginner folks a general idea on how to do it, without making a big mess of our fabric? that would be so much appreciated.
Três Jolie. Lindo 😍