How to Sew a Poncho: Free Patterns and Instructions

A poncho is a comfortable and useful garment that never seems to go out of style. A basic poncho easy to make. Put one together from fleece fabric you find on sale or give an old throw blanket a new life. Use these free patterns, some of which have instructional videos to show you just how it's done.

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    Easy Fleece Poncho

    Easy Fleece Poncho

    Debbie Colgrove

    Use two pieces of fleece to make a poncho that is double warm and reversible. This pattern has photo-enhanced instructions. You just need 1 yard of each fabric.

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    Martha Stewart Poncho Project

    Martha Stewaert Frying Pan Poncho

    Debbie Colgrove

    This pattern and instructions are enhanced with a video. Watch how using a kitchen frying pan and a yard of fabric lets you create a stylish poncho. It's designed by Wendy Mullins, who guides you and Martha Stewart through the process.

    Poncho Pattern from Built By Wendy at Martha Stewart

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    Circle Poncho DIY

    Circle Poncho DIY

    Debbie Colgrove

    This poncho is done with a laminated fabric and a lining to create a child's raincoat poncho. Follow the step-by-step instructions and use your fabric choices for a one-of-a-kind beautiful creation that a child is going to love.

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    Bernina Poncho with Panache

    Bernina Poncho with Panache

    Debbie Colgrove

    Make a stylish fringed poncho with this pattern. These instructions are designed to guide you through using Bernina's sewing machine presser feet. Directions for using a serger are included but optional.

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    Colorful Sewn Poncho

    Colorful Sewn Poncho

    Debbie Colgrove

    The instructions for this colorful poncho start with using tie dye kits to make your own colorful fabric for a cozy poncho. The fabric choice makes this poncho one that would be great with leggings or other tight pants while masking any upper body flaws in color.

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    How to Make a Lined Poncho Video

    DIY Poncho Jacket Video

    Debbie Colgrove

    This tutorial uses satin fabric and wool fabric to create a jacket styled poncho. Make a true fashion statement while keeping you warm. These instructions are simple and easy to follow so don't hesitate to give making your first lined jacket.

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    Simple Cowl Neck Fleece Poncho

    Melly Sews Cowl Fleece Poncho

    Debbie Colgrove

    Follow these simple and detailed instructions to convert 2 1/2 yards of 60-inch-wide fleece into a toasty, cozy poncho with a cowl neck.

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    Kathy Davis by the Sea Chiffon Poncho

    Make a breezy poncho to use as a beach coverup. Use 2 yards of chiffon fabric plus twill tape and cotton ball trim for this fun poncho. It's at an intermediate skill level as working with light fabrics takes a little more experience.

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    Pleather-Trimmed Poncho With Zipper

    Finish the edges of this poncho with pleather trim for extra style. Adding a front 24-inch zipper also allows you to secure it on those cold and windy days. This is an intermediate sewing project.

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    Rain Poncho

    Use waterproof PUL fabric to make your own useful rain poncho. You'll be adding snaps to keep it all in place during a storm, so you will need snap pliers for this intermediate-level project.