My current obsession = ponchos/capes. As promised, my first DIY sewing tutorial of 2018 is how to make one yourself! It’s super easy and great for a beginner sewer! You can make one in about 30 mins!
Here’s what you need:
- 1.8m of 45″ or 60″woven fabric (you can also use a knit fabric, but you won’t be able to fringe the raw edges)
- matching thread
- sewing machine (duh)
- serger (optional — but life changing… get one here)
- fabric scissors
- measuring tape/ruler/gauge
First, open up your fabric (it was likely folded lengthwise when you purchased it) and fold it widthwise, (ha! that’s a real word!) lining up the selvage.
If your fabric has a 60″ width, you may want to shorten it. This will change the length of your sleeves. I cut 6″ off of both sides. If your fabric has a 45″ width, simply remove the selvage edge.
Find the centre (should be close to the original fold line). Mark 2″ down from the fold along the centre.
Cut a straight line, through only one layer of the fabric, from the front centre to the pin.
If you have a serger, serge up both sides of the cut, removing ¼-½” on each side as you go. If not, trim ¼-½” off both sides of the cut rounding the top edge. Finish the edge with a zigzag stitch.
Turn serged/finished edge ¼” to the wrong side. Press. Top stitch.
Now, to fringe! This is the easiest part. All you have to do is remove some of the weave. Grab hold of a couple of loose threads (you may need to pick at them with a pin) and tug on them gently to remove them.
Continue until you have your desired length. I typically have a ½” fringe. Whatever length you pick, just make sure it’s consistent around all raw edges.
Repeat for all raw edges.
At this point, you have a completed poncho. However, you may want to add a couple of straight stitches to create sleeves. This stops you from having to adjust it all the time. I also chose to make mine longer in the back than in the front.
For this look, fold the poncho so that the front bottom fringe lies 4″ from the back bottom fringe.
Secure the fabric in place with a couple of pins. Measure 10″ from the top fold and 3″ from the side. This is where you will start your straight stitch for the sleeves. Mark this with a pin.
Measure 5″ from this pin point. This is where the straight stitch will end.
Stitch from the first pin to the pin 5″ away.
You will have something that looks like this.
Repeat for the other side and voila! One finished poncho with sleeves!
Until next time, happy sewing!
-B ♥ xo