Making a fleece poncho is fun and easy to do. Fleece is available in plenty of prints, solids and colours, so you can create a look that is just right for you. Pick a solid in a great colour, and add a fleece flower to the shoulder. Take an outdoors print, and fringe the bottom. Add some rickrack or beaded trim to dress up your poncho. Use conchos, buttons or other notions to give your poncho a custom look, so that you can look great while you stay warm.
Measure the person who will wear the poncho. For a rounded-bottom poncho, measure from the neckline to where you want the bottom of the poncho to hit. When making a diamond-shaped poncho, measure from the neckline and down one arm to the fingertips for the width measurement, and add 8 inches to get the length measurement. Ponchos usually fall to the hip.
Fold the fleece in half so that it is double thickness. Place the plate halfway onto the fleece in the centre of the fold, and draw with chalk around the plate to make the neck opening. For the rounded poncho, cut a piece of yarn the length you want the poncho to be; tape the yarn at the centre of the neckline, and use the chalk like a compass to draw the rounded lines for the bottom of the poncho. For the diamond-bottom poncho, mark the length measurement opposite the centre neckline. Measure the width from the neck edge along the fold. Draw a straight chalk line from the width to the length measurement forming the diamond bottom using a yardstick or straight edge.
Cut along chalk lines for neckline and bottom. For a finished look, fold the neck edge under, and stitch by hand or machine. Use a straight stitch or zigzag stitch on your machine. The Fabric Mill suggests using a rotary cutter.
Embellish the poncho, if desired. Cut flowers from solid or patterned fleece and hand sew them onto the poncho. Sew, glue or tie on conchos. Cut fringe around the bottom in half-inch widths, or cut fringe and knot it. Slide a large wooden bead onto the fringe before knotting it.
Check the width of the fleece to make sure you have enough. Most bolts are 60 inches wide, but some are 44 inches. Lay out the fleece so that the more stretchy side is vertical on the poncho. This will help the wearer get it over her head. Ponchos make an inexpensive, attractive gift. If there is not enough fleece to fold, cut two separate pieces and seam at the shoulders.
Tips and warnings
- Check the width of the fleece to make sure you have enough. Most bolts are 60 inches wide, but some are 44 inches. Lay out the fleece so that the more stretchy side is vertical on the poncho. This will help the wearer get it over her head. Ponchos make an inexpensive, attractive gift.
- If there is not enough fleece to fold, cut two separate pieces and seam at the shoulders.