Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sew Baby Poncho as a Raincoat {TUTORIAL}

Recently, I got 1 yard of Robert Kaufman "Little Kukla" laminated fabric from Ebay.  It was a lot bit on the pricey side, but I just love Matryoshka dolls, and I had to have it!  

I used the Sew Baby Petal Jacket pattern to make the jacket. When Evangeline was 2 I used this pattern to make her the jacket, which is actually a poncho with sleeves and a hood. She adored it and we always got a lot of compliments on the hippo fabric that was a re-purposed baby duvet I got on clearance at IKEA.

  The pattern is pretty easy to sew up and the directions are clear, so in this post I'm highlighting the additions I made. I opted for a rounded hemline and a fleece lining and I don't intend for it to be reversible so there are no snaps on the inside. I also eliminated the ribbing around the face, as it would get wet in the rain.

Top-stitching was important for the outer laminate fabric, as you can't iron it.  Please don't attempt to iron the laminate because it will melt. After you construct the outer hood, top-stitch the seams.

The first thing I added was a brim for the rain.  After running a few trial brim patterns I settled on one that worked for keeping the rain off of her face. Quilter template plastic made the perfect insert because it can get wet. The pattern for the plastic will be the same as the brim minus the seam allowance.

Cut 2 pieces of fabric for the brim and one piece of plastic.

 Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam along the curved outer edge.

Turn right side out, clipping seams and topstitch very close to the edge.

Insert the plastic and stitch 2 lines starting 3/8" away from the edge top-stitching and then stitch another line 1/4" from that.

Before you attach the outer hood to body of the jacket, mark the center of the brim and the center of the hood on the outer fabric.  Line them up and temporarily hold them in place using clips, right sides together (quilt binding clips are good for this). The right side will have neater stitching holes. Sew 3/8" seam, securing each the beginning and end of your stitching.

 After you attach the hood and body of the jacket top-stitch around that seam.

Next, I added a loop for hanging up this jacket.  It could be hung by the hood, but it becomes impractical with the brim and loops are easier for a 4 year old to manage.

Cut a strip of outer fabric 1" X 4".  Length isn't really important here because you can trim it after you attach the loop.

Using a washable glue stick coat the wrong side of the fabric.

Fold the two sides in, so that they meet in the middle.

Fold in half and stitch on the sewing machine, close to the edge.  The first time I tried this my feed dogs wouldn't feed the fabric because it was too narrow.  I used a piece of Swedish pattern paper underneath (any stabilizer that tears away will work) and sewed with the paper under the strip of fabric.

Then, I tore away the paper and used tweezers to get the bits that I couldn't get out with my fingers.

In the lining of the jacket, before I attached the lining hood I sewed the loop to the right side of the jacket lining, centered over the center back seam. I reversed a few times to insure the loop was secure.  Here, you can adjust the size of the loop by simply leaving longer or shorter tails.

After you attach the lining hood and body, trim the ends of your loop.

Finish your jacket as the pattern describes, top-stitching all the seams on the outside.

A visit to the Seattle Aquarium on a grey Seattle day.

Action Shot!

Looking at the seals.


  1. That is adorable! The brim is a perfect addition.

  2. The additions you added make for a great rain poncho!

  3. What a great idea! It looks super cute too!!!
    Thanks for sharing your page with me over at Cass Can Sew. It's always great to find new blogs to follow x


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