Sew an April Showers All-Weather Wrap

All Occasion Fabric Wraps by Mary Mulari as seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman

Sew an April Showers All-Weather Wrap

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April showers are here! For garden enthusiasts…who doesn’t love the May flowers that follow? If you’re caught in the rain this spring, you’ll wish you had a fashionable, easy-to-sew All-Weather Wrap. Think of it like a rain slicker with serious personal style! This wrap is one of 14 in Mary Mulari’s book, All Occasion Fabric Wraps. Today, Mary shares her step-by-step construction process. Plus you can always watch the sewing demonstration on Sewing With Nancy.

All-Weather Wrap

By Mary Mulari, guest blogger and friend of Sewing With Nancy

On a cool or partly cloudy day, wear this wrap as another layer of comfort. When it rains, put up the hood.

All Occasion Fabric Wraps by Mary Mulari as seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman


  • Two yd. 54″–60″ wide fabric (Use Rip Stop Nylon or any other water-repellent fabric)
  • Two buttons, at least 1″ in diameter
  • Two ponytail elastics
  • One yd. trim or ribbonfor hood
  • Ultrasuede fabric scraps for wrap closure

Note from Mary: Don’t have Ultrasuede fabric scraps? Consider purchasing a purse/bag from a thrift store and using the leather or faux leather in place of the Ultrasuede.


  • Fold the body of the wrap: Cut a 54″ wide x 57″ long piece of fabric.
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  • For the hood: Cut fabric 24″ wide x 15″ long.
  • Cut the storage pocket fabric 10″ x 14″.
  • See the suggested cutting layout, below.
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  • Work with the body fabric section folded in half.
  • Then, fold the wrap body fabric in half again, to create a second fold in the fabric.
  • Mark the foldline on each side of the fabric with pins or a disappearing marking pen, as illustrated.
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  • Place and pin the pattern on the center front fold of the wrap body, aligning the shoulder line marking with the fold mark.
  • Trace the pattern and extend the line down to the bottom of the fabric, 1″ away from the fold.
  • Cut out the neck opening, cutting from the bottom up and around the curved neck opening.
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  • For knit or nonfray fabrics, no edge stitching is required, but on water-repellent fabrics and woven fabrics, consider the choices of serging around the edges of the fabric or overcast stitching on the sewing machine.
  • Then, turn under the stitching and topstitch a neat edge finish. You can round off the corners of the wrap for an easier continuous seam around the fabric.

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  • Serge or overcast stitch all four sides of the hood fabric.
  • Fold the fabric in half, meeting the 15″ edges with right sides together.
  • Sew across the top edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance and then overcast or serge that seam edge.
  • Sew a 3″ seam across the point of the hood back, as illustrated.
  • On the bottom edge, turn the serged/overcast edge 1/4″ to the wrong side of the fabric and sew in place.
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  • Turn the open edge of the hood 1″ to the wrong side; press and pin.
  • Sew the edge to the hood; cover the seam with a piece of decorative trim or ribbon.

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  • Fit the hood into the curved neck opening, matching the wrong side of the center back edge of the hood to the center right side of the neck opening, and pin the edges together.
  • Topstitch the hood to the wrap neckline.

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  • It’s time to try on the wrap to select placements for closures. Though the closures are optional, they help keep the wrap closed on a rainy, windy day.
  • Overlap the two sides of the wrap to determine where the loop and button closures should be located.
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  • Cut two triangles from Ultrasuede fabric or other nonfray fabric scraps.
  • Sew two ponytail elastic loops on the right side of the wrap, in the closure locations chosen. Sew back and forth to secure the loops.
  • Cut off extra lengths beyond the stitching. Pin the two triangles on the wrap to cover the elastic ends and sew them in place.
  • Sew buttons to the opposite side to complete the closures.
  • Add an extra layer of fabric reinforcement behind the buttons for a more secure hold.

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  • Sew the wrap storage pocket to the bottom inside edge of the wrap.
  • Turn under 1/4″ on the bottom and sides of the pocket fabric.
  • Serge or zigzag stitch the top edge and turn it under 1/2″ and stitch in place.

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  • Position the pocket as illustrated and sew the three sides to the wrap back edge.
Screen shot 2016 03 10 at 4.52.49 PMHere’s how you can fold the wrap and store it in the stitched pocket:
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See this wrap and 13 more in the All Occasion Fabric Wraps book, which includes detailed step-by-step instructions and illustrations for 14 easy to sew fabric wraps!

All Occasion Fabric Wraps book Mary Mulari & Nancy Zieman

Watch All Occasion Fabric Wraps on Sewing With Nancy online.

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For a chance to win a copy of the All Occasion Fabric Wraps book, leave a comment below telling us what color fabric you’ll choose to sew your all-weather wrap.

Thank you, Mary, for sharing this tutorial!

Bye for now,

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  • Maren
    April 9, 2016

    I have some bright orange waterproof fabric that will be perfect

  • JaneH
    April 9, 2016

    I love red so my wrap would be in red with navy accent thread.

  • Amruta
    April 9, 2016

    Will use lavender

  • Brenda
    April 9, 2016

    I will use mint

  • Diane C
    April 9, 2016

    Blue, Gray — may make more than one

  • wylanne curry
    April 9, 2016

    I would use purple for my wrap.

  • Linda Munsterman
    April 9, 2016

    I will probably use red.

    • Linda
      April 9, 2016

      I will use red.

  • KayZee
    April 9, 2016

    I have dove grey ripstop nylon which would work well for this.

  • Sharon B
    April 9, 2016

    I think it would be fun to make it in a waterproof floral.

  • Janet Swanson
    April 9, 2016

    I would make mine red, to brighten up a rainy day.

  • Jan N.
    April 9, 2016

    I would make it red which is my favorite color.

  • Barbara Anderson
    April 9, 2016

    I would make mine Green

  • Cathy Biechner
    April 9, 2016

    I would make mine blue. It’s my favorite color and the color of my favorite team……..University of Kentucky Wildcats!

  • Glynn Martin
    April 9, 2016

    I would make mine a bright “hot” pink, to bring color to a dreary day!

  • Martha Drabiski
    April 9, 2016

    I think a floral water proof material wood be perfect for Florida showers.

  • Lorij
    April 9, 2016

    Yellow and top stitch and trim in orange.

  • Barbara
    April 9, 2016

    It looks quick and fun to make.

  • Jean
    April 9, 2016

    I love the clever way this is made! Definitely need to check out the book. Thank you, Nancy, for sharing so many great shows.

  • Cindy Schultz
    April 9, 2016

    I would probably make mine green. This looks such a fun wrap to make.

  • Sandra Williams
    April 9, 2016

    I would downsize the pattern and make them for my 5 grandchildren to walk to school in. Also one for me. They are so cute.

  • Arlene Eckert
    April 9, 2016

    I think I might make a bright color one, maybe yellow. Always wanted to make a cut up one of all the plastic bags I have been to. Would be a neat and easier one to cut out. Yes, it is going to be very eye catching.

  • Cathy
    April 9, 2016

    Turquoise, one of my favorite colors!

  • Carol Tyrka
    April 9, 2016

    I would probably use a red fabric.

  • nancy
    April 9, 2016

    Purple, of course !!!! :~}

  • Willi Burgess
    April 9, 2016

    Mary Mulari always has very interesting projects. I think a bright floral fabric would be perfect for this wrap.

  • Karen P
    April 9, 2016

    I would use a light blue.

  • Brenda
    April 9, 2016

    I love blue. I would have to make one in blue.

  • Mary S
    April 9, 2016

    Blue is my favorite color and that’s what I would probably pick, unless they’ve come up with some other brighter colors.

  • MonicaAD
    April 9, 2016

    I am into yellow this season … FIESTA 😉

  • Dean56
    April 9, 2016

    I could make many colors because they look so simple to do!

  • Elaine Ransom
    April 9, 2016

    I would make mine a bright yellow for walking at night or in the wild.

  • Maria Hart
    April 9, 2016

    Oh, I will love to sew a wrap in violet! I first thought of green but then wondered if I fell in the grass, if hubby would be able to find me!

  • Jane
    April 9, 2016

    Love this. Mine will be lilac or fuschia & yellow or red for my husband. Thanks!

  • Ethel A.
    April 9, 2016

    Ooh, this looks interesting. I think my 5 granddaughters might like these (too ambitious?).

  • Bonnye
    April 9, 2016

    I love yellow. Great for walking the dog in the rain. Thanks for the idea. Would love the book.

  • Sharon P
    April 9, 2016

    Most definitely bright yellow!!!

  • Wendy
    April 9, 2016

    Blue would be my choice. This would be great to keep in the car, much better than the army green vinyl poncho I have now.

  • Teresa
    April 9, 2016

    Waaay cool and simple. I always need a wrap for evenings out in the summer. Warm outside and chilly inside with AC.

  • Jody Mason
    April 9, 2016

    I will look for a pretty black and white pattern fabric to make this for my daughter before she leaves for college. This will be great to keep her and her books dry between classes!

  • Liz McDowell
    April 9, 2016

    I have twin girls that attend the same college. I would make one for each in their favorite color to keep them dry on rainy days.

  • Liz McDowell
    April 9, 2016

    I have twin daughter’s that both attend the same college. I would make one for each of them in their favorite color to keep them dry on rainy days

  • Deb
    April 9, 2016

    Hot pink!

  • Linda Rupe
    April 9, 2016

    I have a beautiful, lightweight and water resistant, floral print with periwinkle background, fabric that will be perfect for this project!

  • Starla
    April 9, 2016

    Red, my favorite color!

  • Vicky
    April 9, 2016

    Love the rain wrap and make in yellow print. I love wraps during the winter when I work from home and easy to throw on and stay warm. Would very much appreciate having this awesome book.

  • Sandy
    April 9, 2016

    Would like to do this in blue for me and with butterflies for sister and red and yellow for daughter.

  • Carol
    April 9, 2016

    I have a waterproof print in blues and greens that I bought that would be perfect to make and keep in my golf bag.

  • Cheryl
    April 9, 2016

    I was wondering what to do with that piece of blue ripstop I have. Now I know. Mary Mulari’s projects are fun and simple to make. I have her “Travel Gear Made Easy” book and made gifts for all of my daughter’s bridesmaids and they loved them.

  • Pam Hopp
    April 9, 2016

    Perfect timing for the April and May showers here in the Midwest; plus, I have an assortment of rip stop nylon in my stash. Thank you

  • Jodi Bowlden
    April 9, 2016

    I think something like a bright yellow would brighten up any rainy day. If you have to be out in the rain you may as well look and feel great.

  • Patt Castro
    April 9, 2016

    I would use purple or maybe a watercolor floral with purple as the dominant color. This looks like a book with projects I would love to try.

  • Susan Nicol
    April 9, 2016

    I have some oilcloth I have been waiting to cut into. This should be the incentive. I’ll look great this spring in the pretty florals.

  • Gail Beam
    April 9, 2016

    I think it would look neat in a black and yellow print

  • Tammy Kazmierczak
    April 9, 2016

    Lavender or mint. Both of these colors lift my spirits. Thanks for another wonderful blog.

  • Kathie
    April 9, 2016

    I love red. I would wear this to the U or Houston football games and be in style!

  • Nelda Mohr
    April 9, 2016

    Yellow. Nothing is cheerier on a rainy day than something yellow.

  • Jan F,
    April 9, 2016

    Mine would be Carolina Blue.

  • Betty Harden
    April 9, 2016

    I would make it in hot pink.

  • Anne Macklin
    April 9, 2016

    This would make a great rain cape for bicycling! I would add two elastic loops on the inside front for my thumbs to hold the cape down while I ride. And for greatest visibility, it would have to be YELLOW! What a fun, easy pattern.

  • Sue V
    April 9, 2016

    What a great idea for walking my dog in the rain. A green and gold one for both of us. (I need to make one for him too because there’s nothing worse than the smell of wet dog in the house). Thank you, Mary Mulari, for such wonderful ideas!

  • fiona Osmond
    April 9, 2016

    Love the simplicity of the design and how good it looks.
    Mine is going to be in Cherry Red Polar Fleece. Should be nice and cosy whens standing at the station waiting for the train.
    Thanks again.

  • Peggy S
    April 9, 2016

    I would use an orange or a bright green, I love the look of the wrap.

  • Lynn
    April 9, 2016

    I choose purple with a geometric pattern

  • PamB
    April 9, 2016

    Something bright for spring/summer: Royal blue or pink.

  • Ann
    April 9, 2016

    What a neat idea. Looking forward to meeting Mary in Louisville May 13. So many choices to make for fabric depending on the season. I love jewel tone colors.

  • Bonnie
    April 9, 2016

    I would make one in bright blue and another in yellow waterproof fabric for walking in the rain. I love Mary Mulari’s creative projects. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Cecilia Hart
    April 9, 2016

    What GREAT wraps Thank you.

  • Kathleen Lamb
    April 9, 2016

    Yellow is spring-summery!

  • kathy
    April 9, 2016

    I wonder if I could get the fabric in a large floral print?

  • Sharon
    April 9, 2016

    Purple, green, and blue for my grandkids.

  • Elizabeth Matsuyama
    April 9, 2016

    I have some desert camouflage ripstop already on hand. I’m going to make my son one to keep in his bag for track meets.

  • Betty
    April 10, 2016

    Perfect for collecting eggs from my flock of chickens each day. Those eggs have to be collected rain or shine and carrying an umbrella….well you can imagine. My chickens and I like red.

  • Brenda Howard
    April 10, 2016

    I would use a purple and would make it a little longer to cover me better in my wheelchair. I so need to make this, thanks for the inspiration.

  • Brenda Howard
    April 10, 2016

    I would you purple and I would make it a bit longer so that it covers my lap in my wheelchair. Great tutorial.

  • Amy
    April 10, 2016

    I would probably make mine in blue and if my 2 daughters and granddaughter like it I would let them choose the colors they want.

  • Chris Hoffman
    April 10, 2016

    I love this..but would make it longer for those walks in the rain!

  • Melody
    April 10, 2016

    I will be making 2 of these for my husband and myself for our cruise to Australia/New Zealand. Will not take up much room in luggage or purse and doesn’t weigh anything. Nylon will hold up much better than plastic rain poncho. And I can make it any length I want.
    Thanks so much Mary you are the cleverest lady ever. Have made several of your designs.

  • Colleen Waclawski
    April 10, 2016

    I would make it a bright pink with a black dress!

  • Karen
    April 10, 2016

    I would use a bright pink for a rainy day which we have had a lot of lately.

  • Nancy
    April 10, 2016

    Blue is my favorite color!
    thanks for the giveaway!

  • Cindy
    April 10, 2016

    I went to my local Joann Fabric store this morning to look at their selection of rip stop and price per yard. There was a pretty bright blue but I would like to find a bright turquoise if possible.

  • Joyce Fitzgerald
    April 10, 2016

    I already have red in my stash waiting for the right pattern to come my way, yea

  • Joyce Fitzgerald
    April 10, 2016

    I already have red in my stash , waiting for a great pattern.

  • Kathy
    April 10, 2016

    Bright pink to offset my white hair. Thanks for the ideas you share.

  • Patty Sack
    April 11, 2016

    Blue of course! It’s my favorite.

  • Detong Choyin
    April 11, 2016

    I have been saving some beautiful cotton fabrics in solid black and brown, a patterned black and gold simple leaf pattern, and a lighter combination pattern…all look fabulous together. I will quilt a garment made with that fabric as well as the thinsulate I’ve been saving to make a special wrap for chilly days and nights. I would love having “All Occasion Fabric Wraps” as a resource in my sewing library! I’ve been looking for the right patterns. These suit me very well.

  • Diane W
    April 11, 2016

    I can’t wait to make this! Hoping to find a pretty spring pastel in blue or green! Thank you for all of your patterns and tutorials!

  • Carolyn Lawson
    April 12, 2016

    I would use a nice green!

  • Barbara
    April 13, 2016

    Chocolate brown would go nicely with many of my outfits.

  • Becky
    April 15, 2016

    I would make one in blue.

  • Peggy V
    April 20, 2016

    As my Dad always said if it is blue it is beautiful!!!

  • Linda Blakita
    May 5, 2016

    I will make the waterproof version for my trip to Ireland, in a nice green color. What a great wrap for traveling!

  • Helen L.
    May 5, 2016

    I’m thinking of using shower curtain material with bright flowers on it for spring.

  • Carol Palizzi
    May 15, 2016


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