On the way home today I thought I'd stop at the fabric store and buy some cute fleece to make a poncho for my kiddo. It's getting cold here and we were running errands, and in and out the car a bunch. Well, carseats and big fluffy coats don't play nice with each other. (Seriously, you don't want your kiddo wearing a fluffy coat in their carseat. Not just because it is difficult to buckle, but not wearing the coat is safer if there were an accident.) So, I bought a yard each of some cute fabric, thinking I'd make a no sew one like I made for myself last year. Last night I added a seam and snaps to the neck hole for the baby, since I'd like to be able to wear it and not have my back get cold if I'm not wearing a baby. I was thinking about that poncho and that it is made with 2 big rectangles. Surfing on my phone for patterns in the parking lot didn't work, so I just bought the yard of each and called it good.
Then I found this reversible hooded poncho, which is super adorable! The only problem was that I didn't have enough fabric to make that big, 23 inch radius, circle. So I made 2, 19 by 30 inch rectangles in each fabric.
I folded my fleece long ways, not the usual way, and that gave me enough space to cut out the hood pieces. I followed the hood directions as is, including making sure my bird pattern was upright on the hood.
|Sew the short end of one rectangle to the long end of the other.|
Then, with right sides together, I sewed the short end of one rectangle to the long end of the other, and repeated for the other side of the neck hole. I did it again for the second layer. You have to do them separately. Then I put the rights sides of both body pieces together. The seams of the rectangles will not line up, but the whole pieces will. Line up the two corners. I decided I didn't want fringe, so I sewed the two sides of the bottom edge together, turned it right side out through the neck hole and stitched around the edge again, just like on the hood.
Then I jumped to step 5 and put the hood between the body pieces.
My finished measurements are neck to point: 25 inches, neck to side (along short edge seam) 18 inches.