How to Make a Fleece Poncho

There are many different styles for making ponchos. I’m going to make a winter poncho with a cowl neck that can also be worn as a hood. Fleece works well because it’s soft and warm making it very cozy to wear.

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Step 1: Cut the fleece

First, cut off the selvage on both sides of the fleece. Measure and cut a rectangle that is the width of the fabric and 52 inches long. Because I’m using a plaid fleece, I can use the lines to make a straight cut. If you’re not using a plaid then it’s best to measure with chalk or a fabric marker.

With the leftover piece, measure and cut a 20 x 26.5 inch rectangle. This piece will be used for the cowl.

Step 2: Cut out the neckline

Take the large piece and fold it in half. Then fold it in half again so that 4 layers are folded together.

Starting at the corner of the folded edges, measure and pin 4 inches across on the longer side, and 2 inches across on the shorter side. Cut from one pin to the other making a curve for the neckline. Then fold the poncho inside out.

Step 3: Stitch the cowl

Take the cowl neck piece and fold the right sides of the shorter ends together. The right side of fleece is usually sharper looking and the wrong side is more blurry. Try to match the plaid up as best as you can. Pin in place if needed and stitch along the side.

Center the seam, and press the seam open with your hand. Turn the cowl neck to the right side and insert it into the neck line.

Take the right side of the cowl neck and pin it to the right side of the poncho. Make sure the seam is flat. Pin around the neckline and zig-zag stitch with a ½ inch seam allowance. Take the scissors and make small snips around the neckline. Be careful to not cut the stitch. This will give the neckline more ease for stretching on the curve. Fold the poncho to the right side and it’s now finished.

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Do you have dimensions for making this for a toddler?
A shopper on Dec 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, we don't. You could try to scale the pattern yourself, though.
how do I make arm length longer and cowl neck more fuller?
A shopper on Jan 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Since the width of the fabric determines the arm "length" you may need to add an additional panel to make the fabric more wide. The cowl is pretty full but you can just add more fabric to it to make it more full.
After I cut the selvage off should the next piece I cut be a total of 52" long? I'm not sure I understand the instructions on step 2. Thanks for your help!
A shopper on Oct 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, cut the selvedges off, then cut the length to 52" (or you can do it the other way around and cut it to the correct length first).

Next, fold the fabric in half. It doesn't matter if you fold it lengthwise or widthwise first, just make sure to cut the neckline in the corner that doesn't have any cut edges. This way the neckline will be in the center when unfolded.

Then you can use pins or mark the 2 inches and 4 inches with chalk or a fabric marker for the neckline. You can also draw the curve from one mark to the other instead of eyeballing it when cutting.

I hope that helps, but let us know if you have any other questions!
What are the dimensions of the cowl neck?
Debbie H on Jun 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The size of the piece for the cowl is 20 x 26.5 inches.
Whats the width of the fabric?
A shopper on Dec 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 60 inches
Will this poncho be too large for a petite woman?
A shopper on Dec 9, 2017
could I line it with another fleese material (plaid on one side plain on other)?
A shopper on Nov 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sure! You could hem the bottom edges to sew them together.
I am only 4'11" do you think this will be to long for me ?
A shopper on Nov 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It should be fine, but if you make it and end up wanting it shorter, it would be super easy to cut off fabric around the edges. The nice thing about fleece it it doesn't fray and you don't need to hem the edges.
Is your seam allowance when you sew together the short ends of the cowl 1/2”?
A shopper on Oct 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, that's correct.
Hi- I'm a 5'10" female. Will I need to make adjustments to the poncho to cover my bottom when sitting?-Jan
Janet H on Oct 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It depends on how long your torso is, but more than likely yes.
I'm a man who stands 5ft 1in. can I fit this poncho?
A shopper on Oct 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We don't see why not.