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MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  • A blanket or throw you already own
  • Scissors
  • Pencil, fabric chalk, or vanishing-ink marker
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Embellishments like fringe, pom poms, etc. (optional)

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STEP ONE

Decide how you want your poncho to drape over your body, then fold your blanket accordingly. Some options are to fold it exactly in half (the front and back pieces of your poncho will be even), to fold it in thirds (for an asymmetrical effect), or even diagonally. The design is completely up to you.

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STEP TWO

Next, figure out where your neckhole will go along your fold and mark it with a pencil or vanishing ink marker. Carefully cut along the line you marked. Remember, you can always cut more but you can’t uncut!

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STEP THREE

Technically, you could stop after step two and wear your new creation. If you’d like to give your poncho a more finished look, however, you can hem the neckline with a sewing machine or good old needle and thread. If you need help with this part, check out this instructional video. You can also gussy up your new poncho with fringe, pom poms, or other accouterments.

Originally published on Dec. 3, 2013.