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Parenthood Poncho PDF Sewing Pattern for Babywearing Cape

Parenthood Poncho PDF Sewing Pattern for Babywearing Cape

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The Parenthood Poncho is everything you could need.  The three versions included all use the same pattern pieces, to keep it simple.  Option 1 has one 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.  

The unique shoulder gussets give a nice curve to the poncho, without adding width to the neckline.  Optional kangaroo pocket piece included, which can be sewn to either the inside or outer layer.  All versions of this poncho are reversible.  Options 1 and 2 can be flipped from front to back.  

Not just for Mamas!  You can make from fabrics everyone in your family will enjoy. 

Please note this needs to be used with a babywearing device - it is not a baby carrier!   

Skill Level: 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:  You will need 2.75 to 4 yards each of outer and lining fabrics.  Most any fabric with nice drape will work - anything from sweater knits to heavy coating.  Minimum width 44".  You'll also need snaps, buttons, or parka zippers for the babywearing versions.

Maternity friendly:  Yes

Nursing friendly: Yes

File Type: 30-page trimless PDF for printing at home.  Projector and inverted projector.  Two page AO Copy Shop File (no password).  All files can be printed in black in white or color. 

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.

Time to complete:  About an hour to cut, and an hour to sew.

Tutorial:  We use full color photographs.  The harder steps have links to videos.  Simplified, fast construction. 

Download Type:  You will receive a zipped (compressed) file.  Download the .zip file, right click on the file and select "extract all".  

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About our Patterns


We aim for inclusive patterns that fit all bodies. If you don't see your size on this pattern, send us a message and we'll add it in!

Print Internationally

Our tiles have two layers, labeled A4 and Letter. US printers use the Letter layer, and everyone else can use A4!

Trimless Tiles

We designed our tiles to save paper and be easy to assemble. Place the guidelines on top of each other and tape or glue. The letter layer has solid guidelines with a star in each corner. The A4 layer has dashed guidelines with a circle in each corner. Each page has a number, and the tutorial has an assembly chart.

Copyshop Printing

A0 pages are 33.25" by 60" and are printable at most copyshops. We design ours to be printable in black and white. There are no passwords on any of our files.

Projector Optimized Files

Every pattern comes with a projector optimized pdf file. See what our projector file includes here.

Video + Picture Tutorial

We use pictures in our tutorials, not line drawings. We add in videos of steps that testers have a hard time understanding.


Our tutorial has a table of contents, along with bookmarks. This allows you to quickly get to the page you need.


When a pattern is updated, you will get an email notification. Since we are a newer pattern company, we are updating several times a year as our skills improve.

Download Instructions

Each download contains a zipped (compressed) file, for downloading all the files at once.  Download the .zip file, right click on the file and select "extract all". 

We also include each file individually, if you wish to download each file separately.

Merino Wool

Want to use merino wool to make this? Check out our article with tips on sewing with merino wool and where to buy it.

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