Kid’s Oilcloth Poncho
- Oilcloth or laminated fabric, 1-1/2 yds.
- Cotton fabric, 2 yds.
- Polyform Sculpey III Clay: Red, Black
- Elastic cording
scissors, straight pins, iron with pressing cloth and pressing surface, fabric marker, string, chopstick, toothpick, acrylic roller, clay-dedicated baking sheet, oven, sharp knife, ruler
- Sewing machine with walker foot and matching threads
- 1. A walking foot is necessary for any areas where the glossy side of the oilcloth will run against the feed dogs or foot of your sewing machine.
- 1. Cut square from oilcloth (size 2-3T=38” square, 4-5T=40” square, 6-7=42” square). Fold fabric with right sides together across bias to make triangle. Make sure to match selvages. Fold triangle in half again. Mark center; open flat to triangle.
- 2. Tie string to marker. Holding loose end of string at center mark, draw circle at maximum length it can be drawn without going off fabric edge. Keep marker vertical at all times. Measure circle at different points to ensure length is identical. Cut out circle.
- 3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 with cotton fabric.
- 4. Print out patterns. Cut two hood pattern pieces from each fabric with right sides together. Keeping right sides together, sew oilcloth hood pieces together with 1/2” seam allowance. Clip along curve of seam. Repeat with cotton fabric. Press open seam on cotton hood. Press oilcloth hood seam using pressing cloth. (Note: Oilcloth can be ironed as long as pressing cloth is used. Never put iron directly on oilcloth.) Set hoods aside.
- 5. Center neck template on center of folded oilcloth poncho; cut out according to desired size. Cut straight line down center of poncho. Repeat with cotton poncho.
- 6. Make 1/4” cuts every 1/2” around neck of oilcloth poncho. Pin oilcloth hood to oilcloth poncho, with right sides together, centering on back neck. (Note: Never pin oilcloth or laminated fabric anywhere except in seam allowance. Unlike regular fabric, pin holes won’t go away.) Sew hood to poncho, using 1/2” seam allowance. Repeat with cotton poncho.
- 7. Cut six 3”x44” strips of cotton fabric. Fold each strip in half lengthwise and press. With right sides together, stitch five ruffle strips together end-to-end, pressing seams open and then pressing lengthwise. Baste long edge of strip together; gently pull bottom thread to ruffle strip slightly. Turn ends under and press. Set extra ruffle strip aside.
- 8. Pin long ruffle strip to oilcloth poncho edge with right sides together, matching edges so ruffle faces up toward neck. Space out ruffle evenly; pin in place in seam allowance. Sew ruffle in place using 1/4” seam allowance.
- 9. Press ends of remaining ruffle strip under. Pin ruffle to hood edge, matching raw edges. Leave 1/2” space on both edges of hood. Ruffle will face back of hood. Stitch in place, using 1/4” seam allowance.
- 10. Place ponchos with right sides together; pin carefully, lining up seam lines all around. Using 1/2” seam allowance, stitch around poncho, leaving 8” opening at bottom. Clip corners and tight turns to ease seam.
- 11. Turn poncho right side out, using chopstick or other small blunt object to carefully turn corners. Press all edges flat, using pressing cloth. Press under edges of opening and pin. Topstitch 1/16” from outer edge of poncho and hood. Trim threads; pull out baste stitch from ruffle.
- 12. For ladybug buttons, condition clay separately in hands until soft and pliable. Roll Black clay into ½” log. Cut two 1” sections from log; roll into balls. Set on baking sheet, pressing down slightly to form rounded oval bodies. Cut two 1/8” sections from log; roll into balls. Set on baking sheet at top of ovals to create heads.
- 13. Roll Red clay to 1/6” thickness. Cut out matching circles with knife. Slice circle open two-thirds across, from center to edge. Lay sliced circle wings on top of ladybug bodies. Roll 12 tiny Black balls; press onto wings for spots. Between wings, poke two holes completely through ladybugs with toothpick. Roll 1/2” ball of Red clay; poke toothpick through center. Increase center hole to accommodate three toothpicks; place on baking sheet. Bake in oven following manufacturer’s instructions.
- 14. Cut 14” cording length; tie square knot 1” from ends. Trim ends. Pinching loop together, push cording through ladybug hiding knot inside bead. Center looped cord in bead; tie knot on each side against bead. Hand-sew ladybugs onto poncho at neck, facing each other. Fasten cord loops around ladybugs to close.
by April Moffatt