Ok, I live in Florida and everyone probably thinks that it doesn't get too cold down here. I am here to say that I freeze when the weather drops below 70. It really doesn't get cold enough for boots and snow suits, so this poncho is perfect and keeps me warm on those chilly nights in Florida.
I wish I could show you this on someone, but it was pretty hard to take a picture of myself wearing it. I didn't realize that this contest was going on until the last minute. Hope you enjoy and make this for yourself some day. It's pretty easy.
1 yard of each Fleece Fabric ( outside layer and inside layer )
Scissors or Rotary knife
Step 1: Making square
Make a big square by laying your fabric out flat, then take one corner and fold it up to the edge of the fabric like this. Make sure that the fabric isn't bunched up underneath.
Step 2: Cutting away additional fabric
After you fold the fabric, cut along the edge with scissors or rotary cutter to remove the extra fabric. You should now have a big square of fabric. Once you have finished with one color, you can measure the color to this one. Now when you cut the contrast color you will have to square the same size.
Step 3: Making neck hole
Fold fleece in half both lengthwise and crosswise. Lay the folded fabric so that it looks like a big triangle. Measure down, from the point, 3 inches ( the picture shows 4") and cut straight across.
Repeat this step with both colors.
I cut this one at 4 inches, but I really didn't like how big the hole was when I was done. Your can always cut more off if you don't like the 3 inch opening.
Step 4: Pin fabrics together
Lay fabric out with outsides together and pin the corners and outside edges together all the way around your poncho to keep them from shifting while you sew.
Step 5: Time to sew
You can use a sewing machine or if you would like, you can use a serger for this step.
Either way you decide is fine.
If you use the sewing machine method, be sure to cut the corners so that when you turn your fabric, your corners with be sharper and the fabric won't bunch up in the corner.
Step 6: Turn and top stitch
Turn you poncho right side out by inserting your had between the fabrics at the neck area. Reach in and grab each corner and pull through the neck area.
After all corners are out and the fabric is straightened out again, top stitch all the way around your poncho. You can use a standard straight stitch or dress it up a bit with a design stitch if your machine will allow that.
Step 7: Hem the neck hole
Lay your fabric back out on the table, but this time fold it in half so that the neck hole is squared.
Measure out one inch from the corner in a diagonal line.
Now fold the top fabric under and the bottom fabric up so that not raw edges are showing.
Pin all the way around the collar, repeating the above step.
Once you have it all pinned, top stitch around the neck hole.
Step 8: Finish UP
Ok well like I said on step 3, I cut the hole a bit too big and I had to alter my design a little bit. I took a strip of the inside fabric and sewed it on to the front at the neck like. Then I cut a couple holes in the fleece ( love fleece for this reason ) and threaded the fabric through. Then I tired it together in a big bow on the front. I think it turned out really cute.
By the way, so did my neighbor. She came by right after I made it and fell in love with it. Well I figured I could always make another one so I gave it to her. Then when she went home I thought "Darn It, I could have used her for a model ". Oh well, just my luck.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my instructable. Thank You for looking.