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This year-round cute tunic is made from jersey knit; it is flattering, fun, and functional!
One of my dearest friends just had a birthday, and I wanted to make her something cute. She lives too far to be my model, which is too bad because she will rock this piece when she wears it!

I followed my own Poncho Shirt Tutorial to make this, but made a few changes because of the length. I will walk your through it all. No biggie, I promise!

To begin, you will need 1.25 yards (45 inches) of 60 inch wide fabric. I suggest a knit fabric so it will stretch nicely. Also, many knits roll nicely on the edges, so you don't have to hem.
You'll also need elastic thread, and all-purpose coordinating thread.

Posted by Kelly S. Published
  • Step 1

    1. Fold the fabric in half so it is 45" long by 30" wide (folded).

  • Step 2

    2. Cut along the fold, making two pieces, each 45x30". Lay it out with short sides on top and bottom.

  • Step 3

    3. Follow the instructions in Steps 2-7 of the Poncho Shirt Tutorial (http://somuchtomake.blogspot.com/2014/08/poncho-shirt-tutorial.html) for making the neckline and shoulders.

  • Step 4

    4. Hem the neckline.

  • How to make a poncho. The Poncho Tunic - Step 5
    Step 5

    5. Cut a curve on each side of the base of the tunic, as shown. I cut one side, then folded it in half and used the cut side as a guide for cutting the other side. I also trimmed about 1.5 inches from each side of the tunic because I decided not to do a rolled hem. If you need to hem your edges, do that now, all the way around the bottom and sides.

  • How to make a poncho. The Poncho Tunic - Step 6
    Step 6

    6. Beginning 9 inches down and 4 inches in, pin through both front and back, 18 inches down the tunic, on both sides to make the arm holes and give shape to the piece.

  • Step 7

    7. With elastic thread in your bobbin, stitch along the pins, removing as you go. Tie off with a back stitch or two at the beginning and end.

  • Step 8

    8. With iron on lowest heat for fabric, press along the elastic to draw it up further, if desired.

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