How to Make a Poncho for Cinco de Mayo

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How to Make a Poncho for Cinco de Mayo
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Cinco de Mayo (5 of May) marks the 1862 victory of the Mexican army over the French at the Batalla de Puebla. That battle not only serves as a symbol of Mexican patriotism and unity, but for Mexican-Americans it's also an opportunity to celebrate Latino culture. Show your spirit by wearing your own Cinco de Mayo poncho.

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Things you need

  • Acrylic Paints
  • Ironing Boards
  • Irons
  • Needles
  • Old Blankets
  • Paper-backed Fusible Webbing
  • Threads
  • Scissors
  • Gel Markers
  • Markers
  • Yardsticks

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  1. 1

    Cut a 3 1/2- to 4-foot square from a light-colored blanket or heavy fabric.

  2. 2

    Fold the fabric diagonally.

  3. 3

    Use acrylic paint or markers to decorate the poncho with Mexican art and geometric shapes.

  4. 4

    Cut a fringe around the bottom.

  5. 5

    Make a V-shape cut in the center of the fold. It should be big enough to poke your head through.

  6. 6

    Sew the seams of the head opening or tack them down with fusible web.

Tips and warnings

  • Have an adult help you with the fusible web since it needs to be applied with a hot iron.

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