No-Sew Fleece Poncho Tutorial

Do you remember the hooded fleece poncho tutorial I shared a few months ago. Well, Julia liked the poncho I made for Janna so much that she wanted one, too.

However, I wasn’t sure that she would like having to slip it over her head and possibly mess up her hair. ;)

So, I put off making her a poncho until last week when my mom showed me a poncho she had sewn. I loved the simplicity and decided to make it a no sew project that anyone could make.

Supplies

  • 1 1/2+ Yards Fleece (*see note at the end of the post)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Tailor’s Chalk

Instructions

1. Lay out your piece of fleece so that the selvage edges are at the top and bottom. My piece of fleece was 56 inches by 1 1/2 yards. Fleece is generally 56-60 inches by however many yards you purchase.

Selvage Definition: The uncut edges of fabric that are woven together to prevent raveling. 

Optional: Once you lay out your piece of fabric allow your toddler to test it out by laying on it. Remove said toddler before cutting the fabric. :)

2. Cut off the selvage edges. For my fleece that meant that I cut off about 1/2 an inch from the top and bottom.

3. Fold the fabric in half. Remember that your selvage edges are the top and bottom, so fold the fabric so that they stay at the top and are half their original length.

4. Use a piece of tailor’s chalk to mark the fleece, 1 1/2 inches from the folded edge, from the bottom to the center of the fabric (28-30 inches depending on the original width of your fleece).

5. Cut along the chalk line, starting at the bottom of the fabric, until you get to the middle. Then, curve slightly as you cut towards the folded edge.

This is what the fabric should look like after you make the cut along the fold.

6. Unfold the fabric. You can see what the cut out area should look like if you did steps 4 and 5 correctly. I think the fabric looks like a big pair of pants. :)

7. Optional: Round off the edges of the fabric. The best way to do this is to cut one corner and then use the part you cut off as a template for the other 5 corners.

I think rounding off the corners gives the poncho a more finished look even though you didn’t sew a stitch.

To wear the poncho you want the solid part to be on your back and the curved, cut out area to be at your neck. Then, you just fold the two flap pieces around your front.

Here is a picture with both a front and back view of Julia wearing her new poncho.

*Note: Since I am quite tall (6’1″) I am going to make myself one using 1 3/4 yards of fabric. When I tried on Julia’s poncho it hit my arm a little below my elbow. So, if you are tall you will probably need more fleece than 1 1/2 yards. If you are very short you may need a little less than 1 1/2 yards.

Julia is 5’7″ and 1 1/2 yards was almost not enough. You can see in the picture above where the fleece hits her arm. I think it will be fine, but I just wanted you to be aware of how much fleece to plan on purchasing.

Some other ideas for making a poncho like this would be to skip the rounded corner idea and cut fringe along the top and bottom. I would make cuts every inch and go into the fabric about 2 inches.

Another idea would be to fold over the raw edges of the fleece once or twice and stitch along them for a finished look.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Now, I need to get some fleece to make one of these for myself. :)

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