Sew an Easy Hooded Poncho and Welcome April Showers

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

Sew an Easy Hooded Poncho and Welcome April Showers

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All Occasion Fabric Wraps by Mary Mulari as seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman If you’re caught in the rain this spring, you’ll wish you had a fashionable, easy-to-sew poncho. Think of it like a rain slicker with serious personal style! This wrap-style hooded poncho is one of 14 easy-sew projects in Mary Mulari’s book, All Occasion Fabric Wraps. Today, Mary shares how to sew her easy all-weather poncho with step-by-step construction tips. 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.


  • 2 yd. 54″–60″ wide fabric (Use Rip Stop Nylon or any other water-repellent fabric.)
  • 2 buttons, at least 1″ in diameter
  • 2 ponytail elastics
  • 1 yd. trim or ribbon for hood
  • Ultrasuede or Sensuede 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 edgestitching 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.

Screen shot 2016 03 10 at 4.52.39 PM

  • 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.

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.

 All Occasion Fabric Wraps book Mary Mulari & Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The randomly selected winner of a copy of Trace ‘n Create Quilt Template—Lone Star Collection from Clover is Gail Beam.

Her comment was, “Baby quilts have to be my favorite. I did a twin quilt once and it was a hassle because my sewing table is not big enough to support something that big.”

Lone Star Package

Thank you, Mary, for sharing this tutorial!

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  • Jane McLean
    April 11, 2017

    Love Mary Mulari and her easy-to-follow tutorials. If I make a poncho, it will be bright yellow, and I’ll sing like a canary!

  • Ennis A
    April 11, 2017

    Those showers do pop up!! I think a Lemon Yellow would be nice.

  • Karen D
    April 11, 2017

    I think a shade of blue would be nice.

  • Sandy
    April 11, 2017

    I would make my wrap in bright colours so i would look like springtime in the rain!

  • Candice
    April 11, 2017

    Being from the Pacific Northwest, we know rain!! I’m thinking about using one of the laminates with a print, and adding a coordinating contrast trim. I can’t decide if it should be the pretty pink/grey floral, the foxes or the umbrellas on bright yellow! Think the grands will have to have some too!

  • Rosemary
    April 11, 2017

    This poncho will be great to wear for walking.

  • Dorothy Martin
    April 11, 2017

    Hot pink is my choice! I want those raindrops to see me. And, of course all the cars with their windshield wipers going like mad. Safety is primary. Pink is fun.

  • Sandy
    April 11, 2017

    Purple, what else!!!

  • Pam Brazee
    April 11, 2017

    Love the poncho tutorial. I would love to embroider something like a large umbrella with boots on the back. Is there some way you could do that and still make it waterproof?

  • Milly Fessler
    April 11, 2017

    Dark, dreary, rainy days call for a bright happy color….yellow!

  • Sally L
    April 11, 2017

    I was excited to see this pattern that shows how to make a poncho. I have started sewing blankets, hats and wraps from fleece and donating them to a group that hands them out to the homeless. Now that spring has arrived, I was wondering just what I could sew to help them. This is the perfect pattern! So, I will be making many of these in all sorts of colors! I will be checking for which colors are available in the rip stop fabric.

  • Julie Kill
    April 11, 2017

    I need to sew three or four for Spring Softball games. I believe I would make mine longer though to accommodate sitting in a lawn chair at a game. Orange- for easy visibility AND for school colors.
    Thanks for yet another wonderful Idea!

  • Jade
    April 11, 2017

    I have some green background, multi-colored floral laminated cotton in my stash that would work perfect for an all weather wrap. But the pattern will need to be adjusted since the fabric is not wide enough…that’s a challenge I can tackle!

  • Linda E in AZ
    April 11, 2017

    My will be a pale aqua since I have a piece of Ultrasuede that color. Great pattern!

  • Pamela Jones
    April 11, 2017

    I would love this in an electric blue color. It would be great for kayaking when those storms pop up suddenly. Hope I can get it done.

  • Kathy Wilson
    April 11, 2017

    What a perfect time to show this great how to since we’ve had a week of rain showers and aother week is in the forecast.

  • Sobezy
    April 11, 2017

    Great for spring & fall kids sports activities! Have 8 to make!!!! 5 grandchildren. Umbrellas just don’t do it

  • Sobezy
    April 11, 2017

    Great for spring & fall kids sports activities! Have 8 to make!!!! 5 grandchildren. Umbrellas just don’t do it

  • Laurie G
    April 11, 2017

    Definitely yellow. I am on a month long trip with friends in September!

  • Patty Sack
    April 11, 2017

    Oh, I could really use this when I’m walking the dog! Can’t wait to make it.

  • Linda A.
    April 11, 2017

    Definitely purple – it’s my favorite color and I use it whenever I can!

  • Pat
    April 11, 2017

    I would choose yellow fabric for my rain poncho. When I think of a rain garment I think of the yellow rain slickers of my childhood. This pattern is great for a “keep in the trunk in case of rain” garment.

  • Roberta A.
    April 11, 2017

    I would make a blue or yellow poncho. I don’t have a raincoat and this would be ideal.

  • Cindy K
    April 11, 2017

    I would make mine in gray

  • Brenda Ackerman
    April 11, 2017

    I would love to make one in three colors purple, pink and green. Thank you for such a great tutorial and a chance to win!

  • Susan Spiers
    April 11, 2017

    I have a water-repellent nylon in a bright green, which would be perfect for this pattern! Thank you, Susan

  • Cindy Holthaus
    April 11, 2017

    I would chose a shade of blue for the poncho. Love your blogs. They are very informative and useful.

  • Marilyn
    April 11, 2017

    My choice of color would be a cheerful red for a grey rainy day.

  • Clovis
    April 11, 2017

    Colors I like are blue and purple. Thanks.

  • Chris
    April 11, 2017

    Ponchos for the family vacation would be easier to pack than our regular rain gear. As for color, hmm, a neon blue would make it easy to find each other in a crowd.

  • Nancy
    April 11, 2017

    This is such a cute poncho, and so handy to have. I would make it in blue, my favorite color.

  • BevM
    April 11, 2017

    I choose blue most of the time for my garments, so I would probably make a bright blue poncho.

  • Sandy C
    April 11, 2017

    Darling rain gear and bright colors would look great! What a great pattern!

  • Christine Warner
    April 11, 2017

    I would try to find something Disney related or use red and black to use in my favorite Florida theme park in case of surprise downpours.

  • Joyce
    April 11, 2017

    My favorite color is green, so I would probably find a fun shade of green for mine.

  • Vickey stamps
    April 11, 2017

    Have a family member very ill. I’dLove to make her one of these to protect her from April showers and those that follow.. I really love that. In my rural town will have to search for that special fabric. Thanks so much

  • eileen costello
    April 11, 2017

    I would make it in yellow so people could see me on a gray and rainy day.

  • Ann
    April 11, 2017

    I’d love to make a purple or blue rain poncho for the pop-up showers we receive here in the mountains!

  • Teresa A Farnsworth
    April 11, 2017

    I love these projects and cannot wait to try it a floral print for my sister and light navy for myself. They would make a great addition to our outdoor play bags.

  • Marty
    April 11, 2017

    If I can find it, I’d love to make it in a spring-hue plaid!

  • Judy P.
    April 11, 2017

    Planning a vacation. It would be wonderful to make this poncho in its little pocket to tuck in my luggage just in case.

  • Deb Smith
    April 11, 2017

    Live in swamp HOUSTON. Could have used this for traveling, too. Doesn’t look too complicated to cut and construct.

  • Sunni
    April 11, 2017

    A bright and cheery color is my requirement for a dreary day. I would go with yellow or blue…although I may change my mind after viewing the actual fabric.

  • Bonnye
    April 11, 2017

    I like bright colors especially if it is raining. Perhaps a floral print or bright yellow.

  • Jodie S
    April 11, 2017

    This pattern sure beats those plastic ponchos — and it looks so easy to make. I’d probably make mine in navy blue. I have a thing for navy blue coats. 🙂

  • Donnamarie Worsley
    April 11, 2017

    It would be nice to make and show & tell to my sewing group.

  • Donnamarie Worsley
    April 11, 2017

    Would love to make one for me and my granddaughter. She would love it, her favorite color is bright pink.

  • Eva
    April 11, 2017

    I’ll definitely make one for my Granddaughter who will start college next fall. Blue is her favorite color … so a teal or navy and she’ll be a happy camper!

  • Rosalee
    April 11, 2017

    I love the color pink, the brighter the better!

  • Lori Michel
    April 11, 2017

    I would make it in a Spring Green color…then I would feel just right walking in the rain……

  • Arlene Burger
    April 11, 2017

    Lately I have been sewing & buying shades of blue clothing. So I would use bright cherry red for poncho.

  • Judith Dye
    April 11, 2017

    I would make in a pretty shade of green or blue. It would be so handy and would live to make one

  • Sandy Spartz
    April 11, 2017

    I will pick red for my grandsons school colors.

  • suzanne g
    April 11, 2017

    I would choose green, just perfect for spring showers

  • Brenda
    April 11, 2017

    I would make it blue. I love blue.

  • Bonnie
    April 11, 2017

    What a fantastic book! I love the easy-to-sew poncho design and would make it in a bright purple. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Debbie E
    April 11, 2017

    I would love to find a print with big bright flowers on a blue background.

  • Eileen Girens, WI
    April 11, 2017

    What a timely terrific idea. I would make pink or red. Thanks for the chance to win!

    April 11, 2017

    I plan tomake this in shiny black vinyl. I have had a large piece left after a project. I just have to figure out if I can make it plyable enough to actually be wearable.

  • Gail Beam
    April 11, 2017

    I think that I would make the poncho in a lime green, a great color for spring rains.

  • Louise Johnson
    April 11, 2017

    Blue or grey would go with most of my wardrobe these days. Laminated cloth is fun but would require a larger pocket.

  • Connie Gratias
    April 11, 2017

    I have a tie-died waterproof print that would work well for this poncho pattern…rainbow colors…such fun!

  • Susie Furgason
    April 12, 2017

    Great idea! I think I will make one for my granddaughter who is off to college in the fall. Thank you

  • Joan Palmer
    April 12, 2017

    I think any color would be great, happy is best! I have been thinking of an easy beach wrap for some time and this would be perfect in any beachy color or terry. Just need a little more length. I know the grandkids would love them.

  • Ilana
    April 12, 2017

    I’d make mine in bright pink!

  • Judy H Baker
    April 12, 2017

    I would choose yellow to bring ray of sunshine to a rainy day.

  • Rebecca Price
    April 12, 2017

    I think it would be navy blue or black. I’m sort of a basic color person.

  • Joyce Leary
    April 12, 2017

    These wraps are really cute. I would love to make them all!

  • Margaret Graham
    April 12, 2017

    My color choice would be a rich blue.

  • Wilma Shearhart
    April 13, 2017

    I would use the purple as that is my favorite color. I go to my local goodwill as I buy bedding and purses etc from there and take apart or what ever I have decided to make It really helps when your on a budget. I have watched you for many years and love what you have done and teach us on sewing items. Thank you.

  • Debbie R
    April 14, 2017

    Great show of wraps; I would love to do a nice grassy green poncho. That’s a good color for me and nice and fresh for Spring!

  • L Watson
    April 16, 2017

    I would like a coral color. No matter what the weather would be, it would be warm and inviting.

  • Rosie
    April 17, 2017

    I would make a bright red poncho to cheer me up on a rainy day.

  • Angela Curtis
    April 20, 2017

    I would like a yellow one–that’s my son’s favorite color.

  • Linda
    April 20, 2017

    I would love a red poncho like Little Red Riding Hood!

  • Natalie
    April 27, 2017

    A pale or dove gray, waterproof, with a flashy print lining in the pink-coral color family.

  • Carol
    May 1, 2017

    I love these wraps and they are so popular. I want to make all of them.

  • Bjorklund Pamela
    May 2, 2017

    Blue, just like the model is wearing.

  • joanne henderson
    September 17, 2021

    Hi, can you please tell me what UK size this is to fit when finished?
    Thanks 😊

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