How to Sew a Hooded Poncho

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How to Sew a Hooded Poncho
Ponchos are garments made from a square of fabric. (Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The poncho is a traditional garment common in countries in Central and South America. Off of the body, a poncho could easily be mistaken for a blanket because it is simply a square of fabric with a slit for the wearer's head. Wearing a poncho can help you stay warm while keeping your arms free and unrestricted to motion. Their simple design makes ponchos great for do-it-yourself sewing projects, while adding hoods can make them even warmer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 60-inch square of fabric
  • 14-inch-by-32-inch piece of fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fold the 60-inch square of fabric diagonally, making a triangle. Use the measuring tape to find the centre of the folded edge and cut a 14-inch slit along the folded edge, making sure that the slit is centred at your mark.

  2. 2

    Fold the 14-by-32-inch square in half, creating a 14-by-16-inch surface. Sew a seam along one of the sides perpendicular to the folded edge, then turn the hood right side out so that the seam isn't visible. The folded edge will make up the top of the hood and the sewn edge will be the back.

  3. 3

    Being careful to keep the seams on the inside of the garment, sew the bottom of the hood onto the sides of the slit cut in Step 1.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose a warm fabric that won't fray when cut. Fleece works well.
  • Before attaching the hood, try the poncho on. If it feels too tight on your neck, cut the slit at a slight semicircle to create more space.

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