AZTEC Poncho with Fringe

I just love the look of the Andean Poncho. What a great accessory for cooler weather. I thought to myself, I bet I could make one! And that’s how it goes. So I got myself to Joann Fabrics and searched for the perfect fabric that would allow me to make what I now call the AZTEC Poncho with Fringe.

What I used.

Aztec Fabric

Aztec Jacquard Brown Orange Teal Fabric

What I did.

Cut a large rectangle.

To start I laid the fabric out and using the motifs as a guide for evenness I cut a rectangle that was 70″ long by 46″ wide. So the 59″ width of the fabric allowed me enough room to find 7 motifs across. The center motif was the center of the poncho. When I cut along the sides it came to 48″ wide. 9 motifs vertically came to 70″ so the shoulders sit on the middle of the 9 motifs. That is where the neck opening is. So I cut a straight line up to the shoulder and made a triangle opening that following the center motif. Clever, huh?

Poncho Fabric

Fabric laid out and cut. 48″ wide by 70″ long. Or…. 7 motifs wide by 9 motifs high.

Fringe.

I wanted a nice lengthy fringe. To get that I measured 3.5″ from the bottom of each end and the sides  I took a fabric pencil and marked the line.

Determining the fridge area

Fabric pencil line at 3.5″ for fringe.

Then with my sewing machine I ran a zigzag stitch along the line. I did this for the bottom and side openings.

Zigzag stitch for fringe border.

Sewing a zigzag stitch along where the fringe would stop.

Patience.

I settled in and began to unravel the strands of thread one by one, sometimes two at a time. This part takes a lot of patience. Once the strands were exposed I decided to tie them together. I worked around the bottom and sides of the poncho.

Fringing the poncho

Fringing the poncho

Neck and opening edges.

ow for the border around the inside collar I took an iron and carefully folded over the edge about a 1/2 inch, then folded again and pressed in place so I could easily sew is closed. Going around the neck opening was a little tricky but I got it!

The poncho at this point looked like this:

Aztec poncho made by marni

Aztec poncho with completed fringe and simple hem around neck and opening.

Crocheted border.

Starting with the right side facing, and using a skein of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Oatmeal, which matched perfectly, I grabbed a tiny pointed crochet hook (aka an Edgit Crochet Hook) so I could easily poke through the fabric, and set to adding the border. Used the hem as a guide I added stitches approximately halfway between the edge and the sewn seam. I also marked my thumb to be able to evenly space my stitches.

Adding a crochet border to fabric.

Adding the crochet border to fabric.

Pulling the yarn through was a bit tricky because it tended to split, so I employed a second crochet hook (size B) to work the single crochet once I had the yarn through the fabric. A bit of patience is required here as well but worth it!

After the beginning row, I turned the work and single crocheted back to the beginning, then I turned again and single crocheted back.

Single Crochet Border

Single crochet border with size G hook.

With the crocheted border complete, I cut the yarn and with a large eye needle wove in the loose ends.

Body toggle closure – mishap and repair.

I opened the Sew-on Toggle and tugged on the straps to find out that they came loose! So I got my E6000 glue out and reapplied them to make sure they would stay in place. Once good and dry (a couple of hours later). I decided where I wanted the toggle placed. I considered place it around the neck, but decided instead to place it at the waist. Using DMC Pearl Cotton in dark brown, and an embroidery needle, I attached the toggle to each side. I intentionally stitched through the straps as well just to make sure they wouldn’t come loose again 🙂

Neck button crochet closure.

The poncho wasn’t complete without a way to keep the neck closed so I used a pair of abalone buttons I had purchased from Etsy Seller Earth Gatherings.

With DMC Pearl Cotton thread in dark brown I attached the buttons to either side of the neck. Then I made a crochet chain of 20 stitches with a small Size B crochet hook and closed the chain with a slip stitch. I then attached the tails to the right side button by wrapping and knotting a few times, then I wove the loose ends. Here are the photos:

I have to say this was really a fun project and I am very pleased with how it turned out. With the discounts available at Joann’s it was an affordable project too!

 

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