I have been wanting to make a replica of a turtle neck poncho that I have, and love. I thought this would be a great idea for beginners. Although I do not typically do video tutorials, or tutorials at all for that matter, today was a new day . Taking into consideration a few of the common questions in the Beginner Sewing Facebook group, I put this poncho tutorial together. It was such an easy project, was super cheap, and did not require a pattern. I just made it up as I went along.

So, if you are interested in learning how to sew more of your own clothing, items like these can be a great way to practice. Try taking a look at how things you have are constructed. Try breaking them apart into sections helps in the design processes and understanding what techniques and skills are needed.

Not ready to make this poncho tutorial yet? Save it on Pinterest for later…

Taking it Further

To learn more about how to draft your own patterns using your clothing, check out this tutorial. Learning to sew does not need to involved breaking your bank account. There are several every day items all around us that can help us in our journey. Your own clothing is just one example!

Another simple clothing item to sew is a half circle skirt. Take a look at this tutorial on how to make one with using your own measurements. Using a little fabric, and an little math, you can have an easy to sew half circle skirt.

If you are feeling more confident after sewing these projects, pair your items up with a big floppy hat. Here is my favorite tutorial and free pattern to print out for a floppy hat. This is an easy introduction into patterns.

Joan Mantini

About Joan Mantini

After several years of being the Facebook page owner at Beginner Sewing, I noticed there was a desperate need to have a single go-to spot for members to be able to find answers to their common questions, get some useful tips & tricks, as well as find reputable places to purchase sewing products online. Taking my role as a trade publication editor by day, and combining it with my knowledge of frequently requested beginner sewing advice, I created www.beginner-sewing.com. An outlet that gives new sewists a free digital magazine geared for entry level sewing as an extra bonus!

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