Colder weather is here and we are taking full advantage of it. Since I live in Miami, cold weather is actually not so cold at all, but I take advantage by layering with lighter pieces of clothing. Ponchos are perfect to wear when the weather is starting to get a little cooler, but when it isn’t cold enough for heavy jackets and sweaters. When it comes to making clothing for my daughter, I like to keep it super simple. I’ll be making it even easier by showing you how I made this adorable poncho without a sewing machine!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 yard fabric (I used flannel)
1 package of fusible bonding web (stitch witchery)
First, cut your fabric. I cut a rectangle measuring 28″ x 26″ which would fit about a size 3 toddler. In order to figure out the size you would need to fit:
1. Measure your child’s arm span from wrist to wrist. This will be the width of your rectangle.
2. Measure the length from shoulder to hips. Double this number and add 2 inches. This will be the length of your rectangle.
Then, fold your fabric in half width-wise and cut your neck hole. Make sure that you cut it a little smaller than you want it to be because it will get bigger once you are finished.
Next, fold over each edge of the fabric to cover your bonding and iron for 10 seconds to “glue” your fabric down. You can fold over the fabric twice so that it doesn’t fray, but I kept it simple. When you get to the corners, cut the fabric and bonding at an angle and iron flat.
For the neck hole, cut your bonding in half length wise (so that your strips are thinner) and then cut out small pieces to curve around the hole. Iron the neck line flat. This part looks a little tricky but it’s simple once you get the hang of it.
Aaaand you’re done! This project took me less than thirty minutes to make and the draping is so lovely.