by Kristi Wiegman, VBE
It does help to pay some attention to the directions though - this is me after I got a bit ahead of myself and accidentally tied the bottom of my poncho closed (so that it could not physically be put on) because I wasn't paying attention to the directions . . . luckily it was easy enough to untie - just took me an extra unnecessary 20 mins! Overall I was very happy with how this turned out and it kept us both warm during a chilly night at a holiday event after dark. Also the price cannot be beat! The cost of the fleece was about $8 at Jo-Ann's. The fleece I wanted was on sale, but since they almost always have a 50% coupon you could get any pattern for this price!
Christa, a member of our BWI of Southern Maryland Chatter group, also made a poncho using the same pattern/ directions from the Birmingham BWI site. (Christa's looks more like the one in the blog picture than mine. I think she is probably better at following directions ;)
If you aren't crazy about the fringed look, another option for an easy no-sew poncho is this DIY No Sew Babywearing Poncho Coat on the Fine & Fair blog. Stephanie, another Chatter member made one of these and I love how simple it looks!
Mandy posted this pic in chatter of a poncho she made as a gift for her sister (what a great idea!) using the Riding Hood Pattern from Stitch Upon A Time.
As with any babywearing accessory - always make sure that your child is visible at all times and no fabric is covering his / her airway. Personally I need a bit of assistance from someone else when using the poncho for back wearing to make sure that I get my daughter's head through the second hole properly and then I always check it out in a mirror or the reflection from a window or the side of my car to make sure we've got everything straight.
If you make any of these ponchos or find another pattern you want to share, let us know!