A small hooded poncho with kangaroo pockets and a hood? Why? Well even though it's summer down here in South America it can get cold! Right now I'm on a farm in the middle of Chile, in a region called the “Cold Coast”, during the day it can get chilly, but at night it's downright cold.
The wind coming in from the sea brings along lots of mist and clouds, it's fast and makes my ears feel like they're freezing. It reminds me of Wellington, New Zealand or even San Francisco, California. I look on and I realize that if you were to set sail from here, the next time you'd touch land would be all the way in New Zealand. Not a very comforting thought if I was on a sailing boat. But, thankfully I am on land, which also happens to be in the country's well-known wine region. Hot days and cool nights make for some of the best wines this country can offer.
Chile has a climate that's a combination of the Mediterranean and California. It's a very long strip of country, backed by the majestic Andes and the Pacific Ocean. In the distance you can hear the startling cries of foxes, the night is still and the sky has exploded with a billion stars. There are a lot of bad things happening in the world right now but this place really can make you forget it all.
Back to sewing. In my stash of fabric, I remember an interesting piece of fabric I purchased in Australia perhaps 5 years ago. I think today is the perfect day to make use of it.
It is a Polar anti-pill fleece, perfect for a short hooded poncho. It will be great for late Summer, Spring, and Autumn.
I made this small hooded poncho oval-shaped, as a perfect circle would make a wider poncho. I dislike very wide ponchos due to the fact that I am vertically challenged, at 5'1″ tall a very wide poncho makes me feel like a folded taco.
There is a hood to keep your head warm should there be any wind or rain. And Kangaroo pockets to keep the hands warm. When I made mine I actually didn't make my small hooded poncho with the pockets, but that was because I didn't have enough of the same fabric. But I still show you have to put the pockets together in the last step, I recommend doing them as they'll look good and will be very handy.
Experience Level: Beginner
- 1 1/2 yards of polar fleece, wool, or minky
- 1 yard 3mm cotton cord
- Thread to match
- 2 Pom Poms (Optional)
- Sewing machine
- Ball Point needle size 80
- Sharp scissors
- Sewing pins
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How To Download Your hooded poncho PDF Pattern
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How To Sew The Small Hooded Poncho
This poncho is easy to sew because there is no fitting to be done. The seam allowance is 3/8″. The only thing you need to be careful with is that the sleeve or sides have a front and back. Match the corresponding sides with the back and the front of the poncho.
There are eight seams in the whole project and you may or may not use a serger. There are six pieces to sew; the front, the back two sides, a neck facing, and a hood. I have decided to finish the seams open and flat just to show you how this type of finish would look on polar fleece. It is not necessary to use a serger since polar fleece does not ravel.
Step One: Sewing The Neck Facing
Print sides together, place the facing on the right side of the front.
Sew the stitching line following the pattern.
Cut to the point but not through. Make a small Y shape cut at the end so you can turn the facing easily.
Turn the fabric in and stitch around the opening 3/8″ from the edge.
Step Two: Sewing The Sides And Back
Print sides together sew the sides making sure you follow the pattern to match the front and back sides correctly. The side that joins the front and back is marked in your pattern.
Add the back piece to the rest of the poncho.
Step Three: Sewing The Hood
Sew the hood print sides together. Sew following the red line.
Fold the side front edge of the hoodie 5/8″ and match both sides with the front neck opening.
Sew around the neckline. Reduce the neckline seam allowance by cutting the hoodie side not the poncho. This is done to reduce the bulk.
Fold and pin the seam allowance towards the poncho. Place the cord at least 1/2″ from the edge then fold the seam allowance over the cord. My cord has a pompom at the end.
(I will show you how to make your own later) but if you can't wait you can make a tassel or just add the cord by itself.
Fold the seam allowance over the cord and sew around the neckline. I have done it twice.
Fold and pin around the hood opening at 5/8″.
If you have never used one here is an easy tutorial to follow:
Step Four: Making The Hem
Fold the hem 5/8″ and sew either using a serger and sew two lines or a twin needle the stitching lines.
Step Five: Sewing The Kangaroo Pocket
As you can see in my final picture I did not add the pocket because it would ruin the look of the small hooded poncho. I would have added the pocket if I had enough fabric to match the print.
To be able to sew the pocket to the poncho all you have to do is fold the seam allowance 3/8″ starting at the curve or opening of the pocket, then the rest of the edges.
I'm ready to wear this small hooded poncho since Autumn is already creeping around the corner here.
Chile has been in the news lately and not for the best reasons, but join me in the next few months ahead when I will show you the spectacular natural beauty of Chile which is one of the best places in the world to find high-quality wool.
Until Next Time! Don't forget to use the #soseweasy on Instagram so I can see how you have used the patterns. This is perhaps my favorite thing to do, I enjoy looking at your pictures and seeing your fabric choices.
Just gorgeous! Enjoyed your description of location too.
It would be so nice if you offered your patterns for printing on a plotter. This business of taping all the pages together and then tracing it off to get a real working pattern is for the birds.
Mayra, thank you for all of your sewing patterns! Looking forward to trying the poncho. I would never have considered your print choice and it is absolutely lovely. Going to buy a similar fabric.
Looks very nice and I get intriguing for sewing it. Where can I get that material from?
Hi Marianne, you can use any medium-weight to heavy fabric for this poncho. Please check my suggestions for the fabric you can find on amazon.com
A fleecy lap blanket will do .
By any chance do you have this patter in childrens sizes. I have some fleece that would work for young girls that I would like to use.
I do, but I don’t normally share kids’ patterns; if enough people want it I might share.
I too would like to have this available in children sizes for mission sewing. Thank you!
Can that be purchased from you.
Do you have the child pattern for sale?
I would appreciate the pattern in children’s sizes, too, please. Thank you so much for all your hard work and generosity.
Yes please, as small as possible.
Me too please
Is it possible to alter the pattern so that the hem is even rather than hi-lo? I’m not implying any criticism – it’s just a personal foible of mine that I hate hi-lo hems. I admire your presence of mind in designing this pattern.
Hi Patricia, the best thing is to know what works for you; tape a piece of paper large enough to match the front and back and trace the difference it is that simple.
There is one part I’m not sure about. Does the cord go around the neck seam or is it threaded through the outside edge of the hood? Thanks so much.
Please read the instructions about how to attach the tassels properly.
HI, Sharon, use the seam allowance to sew and cover the end of the cord.
Hello, Mayra. This look fun, and I am hoping to give it a try as my first ever sowing project. Thank you for sharing it. One question, though: do you have a larger version of the pattern layout image? I don’t have a printer to print off the PDF pages and tape them together. So I’m hoping to just measure and mark the cloth itself. But the pattern image from the page here is too small to read.
Hi Travis, I do not, sadly but will be sharing this pattern on Etsy soon and I will have an A0 choice.
I just started cutting this out as a gift for my sister-in-law, who had a stroke last year, and has difficulty with sleeves (her left arm doe not function properly.) Should make her life much easier! However, I need to pick up additional fabric, as I could not make the XXL size fit, with the 2 “place o fold” pieces. I think I tried every possib;e way!
What is the width of your fabric? In the future print the pattern first and then work out how much fabric you need according to the width of your fabric.
I couldn’t fit XXL on 1.5 m fabric, either. I believe the width was 1.4 m. With patchworking together some scraps for the sides and collar, I was able to finish it, although without a hood (did a high wide collar instead).
Saw this awhile back, and finally decided I want to do this during this Covid shut-down, so I will be ready when it turns cooler. Since I live in northern Florida, this will be all I need this winter, along with a sweater on the coldest days! Since I need a new winter coat, this will be perfect for me. Got the fabric in yesterday. Plan to print out pattern tomorrow, and get it finished in the next couple of days. Am considering putting a pocket on the INSIDE, as well as outside. Might be warmer…LOL!
I think is it a good idea to place a pocket for your hands. Yes it will make it warmer. Currently 8 degrees centigrades where I leave, I am missing the pockets but got my gloves made out of the same material. So hope you have enough fabric for a pair of gloves.
I am not a sewer but I ride a touring bicycle and saw this pattern and decided that I could modify it slightly to suit my needs. Lengthened, no pocket, and made up out of yellow light weight canvas. It might not pass scrutiny of an experienced machinist but looks ok to me LOL
Now to try the scrubs pants for lounging about the house this winter
Peter do send a photo, I just love to see anything made by a dude on a bike. The scrubs pants will do very well for the winter perhaps we can trade photos, I will load my and you send me yours. Perhaps we can start a trend.
Thank you very much for the free pattern. I am currently sewing the hooded poncho (in a solid colour and different material) and very excited as I can see it’s going to be how I wanted it. I am a bit confused putting the hood on though. It’s difficult to see in the close up pictures where I’m to fold the 5/8″ on the hood sides. Is the hood pinned inside the poncho? I need some clarification on this one part 🙂
Yes, the hood is pinned inside the poncho, print side should face each other. Fold 5/8″ around the part that will frame your face, this is also where you will either pass a cord or use tassels with a cord as I have used. Hope that helps, if not let me know.
I am sewing or trying to sew…the instruction for that small insert for the front…mine has straight lines on the pattern piece, but your instructions show sewing a Y that has to be cut. Alright what am to do? Do I sew the piece down first on stitch lines? then sew in the Y stitching? then cut? Confusing me some. Thank you!
Hi Maryrita, The piece you are referring to is called a facing. Place the facing print side down at the front and sew making a shape of a V cut exactly like the drawing, please. Turn and then topstitch.
Got it Thank you!!
I’m quite tall so not sure that this will give me the coverage I need. Could you guesstimate the finished length and would I add length to bottom pieces or somewhere else? Thanks, very cute pattern.
At the back S 25-M 26 L 27 XL 28 inches in length, as seen on the manikin 27″ in length
Do You have a recommendation on the placement of the kangaroo pocket on the poncho?
Place your palm with your fingers crisscrossed on your belly, there is where the pocket should be.
It says Download Small Hooded Poncho Pattern but doesn’t do anything.
It’s ADORABLE! I hope it works out!
Strange, try again please the link is working.
Thank you so much for sharing this pattern – and for free! Unfortunately here in Zimbabwe we don’t have access to visa cards and no option to buy patterns off the internet, so I’m extremely grateful for the free stuff.
Love the fabric that you have chosen for your poncho!
Hi Antoinette, enjoy the pattern and you could use #soseweasy or #soseweasyofficial on Instagram or Pinterest and share on social media, that also helps:) Kind regards
Thank you I received the poncho pattern
You are most welcome!
I apologize if I missed this. Is there a size chart for this poncho?
This is a very cute pattern and a wonderful idea! Love the wolf pattern. Surely it feels nice using up some of your fabric stash.
Thanks for all you do and create!
HI Samone, I will added on Tuesday, sadly I forgot to do it and only remember when I saw your comment. Thank you!
following for update on sizing before I print out. thanks for the super cute pattern! Even though I live in a ridiculously hot climate, I am a sucker for a poncho!
Updated! sorry for the delay.
Thank you so much for sharing, this will be so good for walking the dog when it is a bit cold.
Indeed, that is exactly what I use it for.
Thank you for this pattern, My daughter loves ponchos, will make for her (and one for me!).
I do hope you get to share your ponchos with me and all the rest on Instagram, if you do a #soseweasy I will be able to see them. I am most curious to see what fabric you are able to find in your side of the world.
I’ve tried 4 times to download after being told by Payhip that they had sent me download email….never received. Have even sent donation with same response & no download email. Please advise,
Hi Pat, sorry for your difficulties. Payhip should pop a download window in your browser. It will also send you a download email. Can you check your spam folder?
Hey…yes I’ve checked all spam, junk & trash folders and there’s none. I get the pop up saying to check my email but nothing comes through. WAAAAA sob. Hahaha
The sizes , S , M , L….what are those measurements? How small is small, etc. are they standard measurement.
I have lots of fleece, and am thinking , that I can sew it up and give the hoodies away to the mission /food pantry at church
This is so cute! I love that it’s oval because I too am vertically challenged. I see that the pattern has sizing of small to extra large but I can not find measurements that coordinate with these sizes. Am I missing something?
Love the fabric. My daughter is obsessed with wolves. Glad you explained that you did not add the pocket to this one.
It looks so comfy. I will definately go out to find good material for this one.
I love this poncho pattern! Thank you so much for sharing!
Can I use waterproof nylon and make this into a rain poncho? how do I extend it?
Hi Cassandra, I would not use this pattern with such a fabric, I would imagine it would take so much fabric and look very odd. The longest I would make it is to the knees and not farther. Please I think a more straight pattern and with snaps on the front would be better to stop the rain. Here is how to lengthen a pattern https://so-sew-easy.com/lengthen-sewing-pattern/
What is the sizing?
See the chart please, I have just updated it. Thanks and sorry for the delay.