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Ponchos have hit the runways and now you can create them in the colors and fabrics of your choice by using a simple two-rectangle pattern. The great thing about making your own baggy poncho is that it can look chic and comfortable without requiring much expertise or exactness when sewing it together. You can use an old sweatshirt or fleece blanket as the fabric.


Cut two rectangles out of the fabric. The first rectangle should be 30 inch by 45 inches. The second rectangle should be 30 inches by 40 inches.

Lay the two rectangles flat next to each other creating an “L” shape. Sew the long side of the first rectangle to the short end of the second rectangle using a sewing machine or by hand.

Sew the short end of the first rectangle to the long end of the second rectangle to complete a circle or loop.

Cut fringes along the bottom of the poncho, which will have the bigger opening. The fringes should be about 1 inch thick and go around the entire poncho.

Slip the small opening over your head and adjust the poncho so that the triangle points fall at the center in the front and back.


Change up the size of the rectangles to make the poncho longer or shorter, but keep the dimensions to scale so that the neck opening is not too large. If you don’t want to sew a poncho, cut fringes along both edges where you would sew the fabric together and then tie those fringes in knots to create a “seam.”

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