Parenthood Poncho Babywearing Cape
Parenthood Poncho Babywearing Cape
The Parenthood Poncho is a game changer! This one garment can take you through pregnancy, babywearing, breastfeeding, and beyond. It is truly one size fits all and has been tested up to 4X. The unique shoulder gussets give a nice curve to the poncho, without adding width to the neckline. Not just for the mamas! You can use materials everyone in your family will enjoy.
Please note this needs to be used with a babywearing device - it is not a baby carrier!
Pattern options: The three versions included all use the same pattern pieces, to keep it simple. Option 1 has a single snap panel for front or back babywearing. Option 2 has two snap panels for tandem babywearing. Option 3 has no snap panel, for those who aren't wearing babies. Choose from a regular neckline, or turtleneck cowl. Optional kangaroo pocket piece included, which can be sewn to either the inside or outer layer. All versions of this poncho are reversible.
Difficulty: This pattern has 8 panels that are large. It can be a challenging sew for beginners. We've included a video for the hardest step which is attaching the turtleneck.
Fabric: Most any fabric with nice drape will work - anything from sweater knits to heavy coating. Make sure both layers have the same amount of stretch, if using knits.
Yardage: 2.75 to 4 yards each of outer and lining fabrics.
Special supplies needed: Snaps, buttons, or parka zippers for the babywearing options.
Maternity friendly: Yes, no modifications needed.
Nursing friendly: Yes, no modifications needed.
Size range: One size poncho with three lengths. The short length is 24" and hits the hip. Mid length is 30" and hits below the crotch. Long length is 37" and hits the knee.
Fit: Fits to the neck, then flares out.
Pockets: Optional kangaroo pocket piece included, which can be sewn to either the inside or outer layer.
Time to complete: About an hour to cut, and an hour to sew.
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