2 yards of fleece and 30 minutes of time is all you need to make this darling cowl neck fleece poncho that is perfect for snuggling up in on a cool day! It even has a hood! Double layered with a cozy cowl that also works as a hood! This simple sewing project is great for beginners. This post contains an affiliate link.
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30-Minute Cowl Neck Fleece Poncho
Time: 30 minutes
Seam allowance: 1/2″
1-yard fleece for the outer layer and cowl (anti-pill or blizzard fleece both work fine)*
1-yard fleece for lining*
*Make sure you are using 58″ wide bolts of fleece. A yard of each color of fleece will fit up to 8 years of age. If you are making one for an adult or teen you will need to purchase extra fleece, probably a yard and a half of each fleece.
Measure the length from one wrist, across the chest, and all the way to the other wrist.
Cut both pieces of fleece into a square that matches that length.
Kaylee measured 36″ so the fleece squares were 36″x 36″. A yard of fleece is just right, and because fleece is 58” wide, there is extra fleece leftover to make the cowl.
Trim seams and clip corners.
Now we need to create a neck opening.
I used a 6.5″ circle that I cut in half as my template. This fit both of my girls (ages 5 and 8) perfectly. You can always start with a smaller neck hole and make it bigger if you need to.
When I made Kaylee’s no sew poncho when she was 3 years old I used a 4″ circle (as a reference).
Cut a rectangle for the cowl piece that is 24″ wide (the circumference of the neck opening) and 14″ tall.
Fleece has a bit of stretch to it. Make sure the stretch goes the direction as the 24″ width.
Now it’s time to sew the cowl piece to the poncho!
- The lining fleece will be the outer layer.
- The outer fleece (main fabric) will be the middle layer.
- The cowl piece will be the inner layer (wrong side out so that you can see the side seam)
Stretch a little as you pin, if necessary, so that everything lines up.
Turn your fleece poncho right side out.
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