The Pacific Northwest can be chilly. You head out of the house, and there is a glorious sunbreak. Hmmm, feels pretty warm, maybe I don't need this jacket, then 20 minutes later you are shivering in the grey skies. This light poncho wrap is perfect to carry along or wear. It is small, light, and whisper soft.
We have some beautiful fine gauge knit fabric in, as well has heavier interlock knits that make this project quick and easy. I have been dependent on my scarves since we moved to Bainbridge Island, and I haven't been able to knit any sweaters lately, so, I thought a wrap was the perfect thing to add to all those scarves!
- 1/2 to 1 yard of fine gauge knit fabric or interlock, or even a drapey silk of your choice. A half yard of fabric gives you a wrap that is just at waist height, and a yard will give you one where the points will hang to your knees. Depends on what kind of look you want!
- Thread to match
You can use the overlock stitch on your sewing machine, but a serger makes this a breeze.
59 inch wide fabric by 1/2 yard will give you a poncho wrap that will hang on the diagonal at your side about 20 inches or so.
SEW THE EDGES:
Using a serger or your overlock stitch on your machine sew around all four edges, making sure to catch the threads at the corners so they won't unravel. I sewed one edge at a time all the way to the end and beyond. Then as I started the next side, I placed the tail of the thread along the next edge to catch it under as I sewed the next side. I continued until all four sides were serged or stitched.
Next, take the tails at each corner, and tie a little knot pushing the knot all the way to the corner of the fabric, tight. The cut the extra thread off.
SEW THE PONCHO WRAP:
Now fold the fabric in half crosswise with the right side of fabric facing in.
Pin the edge of the fabric from one corner lengthwise and stop about 12-14 inches from the folded corner. You want to be able to easily get your head through this hole, but have it small enough that it is not always falling off of your shoulders. I left a 12 inch hole for mine.
You now sew this seam which should be about 17 inches or so long together just at the edge. You can use your serger or your sewing machine. You just want to catch the edge of the serged or sewn edge. Tie off each end so that your stitches don't come undone, and that's it. You are ready to wear it out to your next appointment! It took me longer to thread my serger with black thread than it did to stitch up two of these lovely wraps! You can see where I stopped below for the hole for my head.
That's it. You are done, and ready to wear your poncho wrap in style!