October 15, 2010

100% easy single seam poncho :: a tutorial

 100% Easy Poncho

In case you were wondering, yes, that's me in those pictures. I had an extremely kind, patient and talented photographer - my big girl M.!

With both of my girls having a poncho now (well almost - I'm about to finish little H's one) I couldn't stay behind, right? I've always had something with "wraps". I have several and especially like them at this time of the year. They're incredibly cozy, but not always handy, I admit - they tend to unwrap easily and get in the way. Not so with a poncho, I figured. 
Now, on several occasions I've seen women wearing this kind of poncho here which I really liked -  a very simple, minimalistic yet elegant interpretation of the classic poncho, with only one seam apparently. With three meters of knit fabric, I thought, I might as well give it a try. And I'm glad I did!
Barely a couple of days old,  it's already become a favorite! I wear it on top of a light sweater or long sleeved shirt,  with jeans and boots.  And it looks great, I must say.  Casual-chic. The perfect outfit for a nice autumn day (well, any day really).  Since I used a not too heavy knit fabric, there's a nice natural drape to it as well.

As it's really super easy to make I decided I wanted to share this project. If it weren't for the step-by-step photos I probably would have finished it in under half an hour!  Also, while making the poncho I figured out a new and very satisfactory way of finishing corners.  I'm probably reinventing the wheel here - if so, please, forgive me - but it worked out really nicely, so I definitely will use that technique again!

Ready to get started?

Instructions for an 100% easy single seam poncho:

What you'll need:

- 78cm of knitted fabric (150cm wide) or any other fabric with a nice drape
- matching thread
- pins and sewing needle
- sewing machine equipped with a ballpoint needle when using knit fabric
- iron

100% Easy Poncho

  1. Fold your fabric as shown in the above diagram. 
  2. Shoulder seam: Pin one of the open sides together as shown in the diagram, leaving a 30cm opening to start from the fabric fold, for the neck. Sew on the machine.
  3. Corners and hem: At the wrong side of the fabric, fold in the corner as shown in pic. 4, so you get the acd triangle and use a pin to secure. Next, fold the end ab such that  a and d coincide, and do the same with the end bc to let c coincide with d as shown in pic 5-6. Secure with pins. You'll get a corner which looks as shown in pic 6. Continue to pin the hem all the way around. Next, sew on the machine. The two corners will look as shown in pic 8. With needle and thread close the little opening between b and acd, using a whip stitch (pic 9). The finished corners now should look as in pic 10 (wrong side of the poncho) and 11 (right side of the poncho).
  4. Neck line: fold in the fabric at the neck line, pin with needles to secure and top stitch on the sewing machine (pic 12).
  5. Press all seams flat and your poncho's ready to wear!
That's really all there is to this very simple poncho!

I'm planning on making a couple more of these when I come across the right fabric. One of the things I'd like to try is to make one in a light weight fabric, gauze cotton, or maybe silk, for summer.
I think that actually might look nice on top of a pair of jeans and a tank top, don't you think... ? To be continued, I'm sure...

And now I have to find something to make with the remaining 2m22 of fabric left...

Please note, this tutorial is intended for personal use only. Therefore, do not reproduce, sell or commercialize in any form.  Thanks for understanding!

If you made something using a tutorial found on this blog or if you got inspired by something you found here, make sure to post your pictures here.


meisje van vervlogen dagen said...

Dat is handig! Zondag is hier een zgn. stoffenspektakel. Het zou zomaar kunnen dat ik tegen een lap wollen jersey aanloop! Prachtig en een wonder van eenvoud. Daar houd ik van.

dotpebbles said...

I like it - a lot - I've bought some lovely, grey, soft wool mix fabric to make a coat from a vintage pattern - however, may make this instead...
Thank you so-oo!


nicole/brussels said...

oh wat is dit mooi, ik vind het prachtig, en een dikke bravo voor M. haar mooie foto's!

cindy said...

it's great to see your gorgeous face and i love your glasses. tres chic as is the poncho. enjoy your weekend!

Francine said...

I love this. You posted at the perfect time as I so need a poncho. Now I just have to hunt for the perfect fabric :)

blue moss said...

You have been so busy....love the ponchos.....and that fabulous wool....
And....I so love seeing how totally adorable you are.....love those glasses!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Ooh I love this! Ponchos are so much fun, I can't wait to make this! I'll be linking as well, thanks so much!

CraftyCripple said...

I really love this simple project. I can imagine living in it!

Andrea, the little collector said...

Lovely! Hmmmm...now I'll be on the hunt for knit wool!

cucicucicoo said...

oh, i have to try this! now that the cold weather is upon us and i don't have any proper winter maternity wear, this would be perfect! i hate to make/buy strictly maternity things because it seems like such a waste to not use them afterwards, but i could use this forever! thanks! :) lisa

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Love your easy poncho, pity it is summer here I will have to wait till winter to make one. Thanks for the Tutorial :-)

Stitching At Stone Cottage said...

thanks for sharing this..im off to the fabric shop....it looks fabulous

Katie said...

That is so incredibly pretty and chic. I am definitely going to make one. Makes me excited for Autumn. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

Claire Gale said...

i love this pattern!! can't wait to give it a go in the winter. thanks

Meg said...

I just made a poncho from your tutorial last night. Super easy and cute. Because it was knit, I did a reverse applique leave design around the bottom. Turned out gorgeous. It is supposed to be a gift and so I think I'm going to need to make a second for myself. Thanks so much!
Meg at Redcurrantdesigns.blogspot.com

Collquest said...

Wish me luck...I'm trying your tutorial today...I have a lovely grey throw which I'm going to use...thanks for the simple instructions! Have a Happy New Year! God Bless!

Betsy Petsy said...

Dziękuję za pomysł i instrukcję, właśnie marzy mi się poncho :)
Wspaniały blog !

Caroline said...

Thanks - was looking for something to do with some red merino knit I had - this was perfect! I will try posting a photo. Cheers.

fabra di paolo said...

Stunning! Your work is really beautiful.

India said...

Hey dearest. I really feel like this is going to make a come back. I'm going to follow your tutorial and make my own. Once it gets cooler any way. :)

Collquest said...

I pinned your poncho on my DIY board on PINTEREST...hope that's okay! I feel like people should know about this awesome project...Love your website!

Anonymous said...

Just did it!!! With polar fleece no hems needed, just the seam, the neck rolls on its own and everything took me no more than 15 minutes! Thank you!

Emilian said...

Thank you for the tutorial, I made one yesterday. I'll post a photo a bit later.

Arda Boran said...

I like it

Anonymous said...

SIMPLICITY . . . means elegant in pale grey for your FAB poncho! Thanks for the tutorial with easy-to-follow text and accompanying sharp photos. I hope to purchase a soft plain color knit fabric and sew one for myself in May. Sarah Helene, Minneapolis

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting-I was searching for a pattern like this to use some Missoni type light knit fabric I have. I think it'll make a beautiful lightweight poncho.

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