DIY Fashion: Make a poncho out of your sweatshirt

By Admin / Jan 25, 2012

Apart from sweaters, cardigans and jackets, ponchos also stand good to beat the winters. Subsequently, they have now become popular among college students. They not only render warmth but also make a style statement that keeps up with the times. This winter, instead of scouring the market to buy ponchos, prepare a decorative poncho out of your sweatshirt and watch your friends follow you.

Difficulty Level

Moderately challenging

Time Required

1 hr- 2 hrs

Resources Required



Large safety pins

Decorative buttons



Estimated Cost

Next to none


1. Cutting:

With the help of the scissors, cut the side seams i.e. the stitches from the sides of the body of the sweatshirt. Now, cut the seams of the sleeves. Separate the hood from the shirt with scissors. Make sure that you cut only the top layer. Cut it in such a way that it creates a crew cut neck line.

Now close the open seam of the crew cut neck with large safety pins placed evenly. Or even better, if you sew it up with a needle and thread. After you are done with the crew cut neck line, cut the sides (both the front and the back of the body) of the sweatshirt in to a curvy shape.

While cutting the body seams of the sweatshirt, make sure that you keep the back part of the sweat shirt a little bit longer than the front part.

2. Stitching/ Sewing:

Now, it is time to stitch it up/ button it up to create the poncho silhouette. Secure the sleeve to the body of the sweatshirt. You need to do the back part of the sweatshirt first. For this, use needle and thread. Sew up the back seam of the sweatshirt with the back seams of the sleeve. You can even use large safety pins for securing the back part of the sweatshirt to the back seams of the sleeve.Turn it over carefully and do the front part of the sweatshirt.

To give your poncho a decorative look, use the decorative buttons and attach at the arm hole. For this, you need to sew the arm hole of the sleeve with the front part of the sweatshirt. Sew the edge of the sleeve with the edge of the front part of the sweatshirt with a decorative button. And your cool poncho is ready!

Frequently asked questions

Question: Do I need to use a sewing machine to sew?

Answer: Not necessarily. If you are good at sewing, you can sew it by hand.

Quick tips

1. You can use any kind of buttons made of either plastic or metal.

2. If you want your poncho to look funky, you can use funky buttons or any funky accessories.

Things to watch out for

1. Before starting this project, lay the sweatshirt on a table to avoid creases or any folds as this can totally ruin the shirt.

2. While cutting the hood, pay extra care as one minor mistake can end up with a badly cut neck line.