This month we’re all about sewing quick and easy gifts for the holidays. Ponchos and capes fit the bill because there is no fitting involved. (Woo-hoo, I hate worrying about fit, don’t you?!) So you can whip one up in a few hours without worrying that it won’t fit the recipient.
Here’s a poncho I made recently from McCall’s M6209 and some mohair sweater knit fabric I bought at Elliott Berman Textiles in NYC:
If you just clicked the link above for M6209 you’ll notice that mine is a little different from the pattern. What happened was this: I stitched the shoulder seams that join front to back, tried it on…and I was drowning in fabric. The pattern is designed so that if you are standing with your arms straight out, like you’re a letter T, the fabric hangs from your lower arm down to your lower thigh area (I’m 5’8″). Mind you, I like this look in a cape or a poncho, but I was going for something a little smaller to pop on for a warmth, more like a sweater.
So I found the center points in the front and the back and then cut straight lines to the end of the seams (by the lower arm). I sacrificed a lot of fabric (scarves, maybe?), but it gave me the popover sweater look I was going for. Bottom line: I now have a cozy poncho that’s easy to wear and was super-fast to make. Definitely think about sewing a poncho as a gift this season. (That’s my co-worker Karen modeling it for me above. She designs the emails we send you and is so accommodating when I drag her away from her work to model for me.)
Are you sewing gifts this season? If you’re looking for ideas check out our Pinterest board: