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How to Make a Perfect Poncho

If you're looking for an easy sewing project to create a delightful, unique garment then this could very well be it! In this edition of the Croft Mill blog, we're going to give you a step-by-step guide on how to create the perfect poncho and you don't even need a pattern!

This poncho has no shoulder seams which makes it simple to sew and also allows you to wear the finished garment at any angle you desire. You can choose from a wide array of fabrics here at Croft Mill: our jersey fabrics are especially suitable for this project. Use a 1cm seam allowance throughout.

Start with a rectangle of your chosen fabric that measures 110cm x 145cm. You can increase this size if you want a bigger poncho. Fold the rectangle of fabric in half across its width.

Now it's time to place the neck opening in the centre of your fabric. You could also choose to move the circle a little off-centre; this will result in a stylish asymmetric poncho. Carefully measure the width of the neckline opening (we recommend 10cm from the middle) and mark with pins. You also need to mark the halfway point.

Measure in from the middle point to the desired depth of your neckline and make another mark here. You should now have three marked points. Using tailor's chalk or an erasable fabric marker, draw a smooth curve that connects the three points. Secure in several places around this curve using pins. Carefully cut along the curve with sharp scissors.

Cut a binding strip of fabric measuring 3.5cm x 84cm. Fold the long edges of this strip to the wrong side by 1cm and then press. Fold the strip in half again along its length with the wrong sides together and press again. Open the strip out and pin the binding's short edges together with the right sides facing.

Using a narrow zigzag stitch or overlocker, stitch the ends of the binding. Slide the result over the neckline with the right side facing and pin into place along the fold line. Then fold the binding over to the wrong side and pin into place, ensuring it is smooth and even around the neckline.

Top-stitch into place from the right side, making sure you catch the back of the binding as well as the seam allowance. Use iron-on interfacing on all raw edges, ensuring there are no gaps. Use an over locker or zigzag stitch to finish the raw edge of the jersey fabric. Turn the short edges to the wrong side and press before top-stitching into place. Repeat this process for each long edge. Finish by pressing from the wrong side.

Find your perfect poncho fabric on the Croft Mill website, along with all of your haberdashery essentials. Have a stylish summer!

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