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Ta-da! We made some very slight modifications to the Hancock’s project from a few posts ago to make this super-easy babywearing poncho with just over a yard fabric. (Buy a yard and a quarter and use the extra for a matching scarf.) Plaid is great to work with, because the lines serve as cutting guides.
Here’s what we did:
1. Cut two 30-inch by 40-inch rectangles of good quality polyester fleece. Sizing note: The original Hancock’s pattern uses two 30-inch by 45-inch rectangles. We found the neck hole to be a bit big, and the symmetry was a bit off. However, it does provide a more generous fit than is achieved with our 30 x 40 rectangles. If you experiment with other dimensions, leave a comment telling us about your results!
2. Cut 4-inch squares out of each corner. These are scraps.
3. Lie one rectangle right side down on a flat surface; lie the other rectangle right side up on top of the first one, matching the side of one to the the long side of the other, like this:
(The two rectangles will have their wrong sides touching.)
4. Cutting both pieces at the same time, cut 4-inch long by 1/2 inch wide fringes along the side where you matched the short side to the long side, like this:
5. Tie the fringes together in double knots.
6. Look at the photo in step 3. See the top piece of fabric, running horizontally? Slide that to the left and up. (Imagine a compass printed on top of that photo … slide the top piece of fabric to the west and then north.) The short side of the bottom piece of fabric (the edge that’s shown at the very top of the photo) will be matched up to part of the long side of the top piece of fabric (the edge that’s parallel to it in the photo and about a third of the way from the top of the photo.) When properly arranged, the notch in the corner of the piece on bottom will match up with the notch in the corner of the piece on top. Fringe and tie.
(Some people have made a model of paper or fleece scraps before completing this step.)
7. If you want, trim the flaps from around the neck hole … or leave them there for a collar.
8. Lie the poncho flat, matching the two bottom tips together. About 6 inches below the neck hole, cut a 10-inch horizontal slit in the top layer of fabric. That’s the baby’s neck hole. Like this:
That’s it! Any questions?
ETA: N.B. The fleece shown here was $5.88 per yard and is thick but not the thickest fleece available; I experimented with some cheaper, thinner fleece that was $2.88 per yard, and the results were not satisfactory because the fringes stretched when tied.
ETA: We made a one-page printable instruction sheet for this project. It’s located in the green “Box.net widget” on the right side of the blog.