Great gift to sew – make a fleece fabric winter poncho
Hey y’all – today I’m sharing how to make this SUPER easy fleece poncho with a cowl that can also be worn as a hood.
I am a total cold weather wimp. Like bordering on ridiculous. I get out jackets for any temperatures below 70 degrees, basically. Have you ever seen a Chihuahua dog shivering? Yeah, that’s me.
So I am forever looking for variations on sweaters, jackets and other outerwear, because being as cold natured as I am, I don’t always take my jacket off once I get indoors. Which means a fleece poncho in a pattern like buffalo check is the perfect blend of cozy and stylish for me. And I added a cowl to keep my neck warm – because once my neck gets cold, I just can’t get warm again.
To make your own poncho with a cowl, you’ll need 2 1/4 yards of 60 inch wide fleece. Dimensions for the poncho are below, BUT make sure to cut and measure the neckline BEFORE cutting out the cowl piece.
I’ve got a video tutorial right below on how to make this poncho; if it doesn’t load for some reason you can also watch it here. Skip over the video to the written tutorial if you prefer that.
OK, so in case you’re more of a written tutorial than a video watching kind of gal, here are the written instructions. Fold the poncho in half along the 60″ width, then in half along the 54″ width, so you’ve got it folded in quarters.
At the folded corner where there are no raw edges showing (which is the center of the poncho) measure over 4 inches and down 2 inches. Cut in a curved line to connect these two points and create the neck hole.
Measure one side of the neckline 1/2 inch in from the edge, then double that number to get the full neckline length. Make sure that your cowl piece is this wide plus one inch and 22 inches tall. Also make sure that width is enough to fit over your head!
Fold the cowl in half, right sides together, matching the 22 inch edges, and stitch along the 22 inch edge.
Mark quarter points around the cowl (I use pins to mark). Then mark quarter points of the poncho neckline. Open cowl. With the cowl right side out and the poncho wrong side out, stick the cowl through neckline opening so it is inside the poncho and the fabrics are right sides together. Match cowl quarter points to the quarter points of the poncho neckline. Pin cowl in place and stitch. When you pull the cowl back out, it will look like the image below, extending up from the neckline like a very long turtleneck.
Because fleece does not fray, there is no need to finish edges. Just pop your poncho over your head, push the cowl down, and go!