Sofia Anderson

How To Make A Poncho

The simplest outerwear you can sew is poncho. When we hear this word, the first associations we have are cowboys and Indians that wore this type of clothing. In a daily life poncho can be worn as a sweater, blouse, coat or even bolero. It depends on the material it’s made of. Out of this article you’ll find out how to sew simple ponchos with your own hands.

We’ll need:

  • Thick and warm material for a variant of poncho we’ll be wearing during the fall. For example, wool. Or soft material for poncho that we’ll be wearing during spring and summer. For example, fleece;
  • A leather fastener with buckle;
  • 40 round rivets or rhinestones that are fastened with the help of their teeth;
  • Scissors;
  • A piece of chalk or soap;
  • Measuring: The length of the article (L1), the length starting from the neck to the wrist along the arm (L2);
  • Glue.

1. We fold the cloth twice. As a result we should get either a square or a rectangle. We draw a circle. The radius of the circle is equal to the length of the article (L1). Or we draw the circle as big as possible but so that it fits onto the cloth. We cut off the excess with scissors.

2. We unfold the cloth once so that we have a semicircle. In the center we cut out a hole for the neck. You may pit a T-shirt on the cloth and use it as a template.

3. We cut the upper layer of the cloth horizontally along the center, from the middle of the lower edge to the middle of the neck.

4. We leave an allowance to the right and to the left from the edges of the neck and put marks with the help of the chalk. The necessary allowance is L2. If L2 is less than the length of the article, we need to draw a smooth crossing from the bottom of the semicircle to the marks and cut off the excess cloth. Or we can simply make sections in the cloth. This way our arms up to the elbows will be seen. These sections can be done along the cloth crease on the upper part or on the front part of the poncho.

5. we take the rivets and fasten them along the edges of the poncho on the front side and on the area of neck. We carefully clamp the teeth from the underneath.

6. We apply a special glue on the ends of the fastener and fasten it to the upper part of the poncho. We fixate it with the help of pins and leave it for a night to thoroughly dry.


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