This Christmas, I received an awesome fleece throw that I immediately wore around my shoulders all night. The warmth and comfort of this blanket really had me wanting to be draped in it all the time! I’m usually dressed so inappropriately for cold weather that I really just wanted to justify wearing this blanket outside on a cold day…
Then I thought about the cape and poncho trend has been around since last winter & it’s still going strong. Admittedly, I found that it was hard to embrace the trend because I didn’t know how to really rock one. After eyeing other bloggers and fashionistas though, I’m getting a better feel for this warm, drapey trend! Paired with more tight and structured pieces or with belts to cinch in your waist, you can rock a blanket in public too without looking like you stepped out in your snuggie!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- a large blanket
- scrap paper & pencil
- bowl and ruler (for tracing)
- fabric scissors
- sewing machine (optional)
[ GET ] – This is a ridiculous step, but it’s here anyway! Get yourself a blanket! Go buy a cute one or use one you already have— mine’s from Old Navy! An ideal size is about a 60 inch square.
[ DRAW PATTERN ] – Grab some scrap paper and create a stencil. The easiest thing to do is to use a round object (I used a bowl) and a ruler to make the cut-out shape. This will be the part that goes around your neck! The length of the cutout should be about half of the width of the blanket (so in my case, about 30 inches)
[ CUT PATTERN ] – Cut out your stencil.
[ FOLD ] – Fold the blanket in half lengthwise & place the stencil at the center on the folded blanket.
[ CUT FABRIC ] – Pin the pattern on if you want to be precise & then use sharp fabric scissors to cut out the shape. Make sure that you only cut ONE layer of the folded fabric… if you’re worried about making a mistake, pin the pattern on & unfold the blanket.
[ TOPSTITCH ] – This step is optional if the fabric you use is either a knit or a fleece— these fabrics don’t tend to fray when cut. But if you use a woven fabric, roll the hem and topstitch so that your edges stay neat!
HOW TO WEAR IT:
Now that you’ve got a blanket poncho, how should you wear them? Since a huge poncho can consume your whole figure, try to wear tight bottoms and structured shoes.
- wantataste wears her poncho with a wide brimmed hat for added structure.
- chomy wears hers over a baggy sweater for a comfortable look.
- kenziefaith cinches in & accents her waist with a skinny belt.
- lovemelovemenot drapes hers casually over a belted dress.
Thanks for reading! Are you gonna try this DIY? Tweet us a photo @everybodyisugly
by Sylvia of lipglossandblack
Images by Syl and Sam & from Chictopia