I am a magnet for fleece remnants. Why? Because remnants at JoAnn’s are half the price of off-the-bolt fabric. Normally a remnant, to JoAnn personnel, is less than a yard. But for fleece and home dec fabric, a remnant can be more than a yard. A yard of fleece can make a pretty decent size little blanket. Or a number of other things! I see these on the remnant rack and somehow they follow me home.
This remnant project is a girl’s poncho, size medium (7 – 8), which calls for a yard and a half of fabric. Woo hoo! I had a blue piece that was 1.33 yards and TWO remnants of the pink fleece fabric, which has embroidered and sequinned butterfly motifs all over it, and is very soft and cuddly, but not really appropriate for a baby outfit–because of the sequins. If you wonder about the fabric amounts (required 1.5 vs 1.33); yes, I did cut the collars on the cross-grain but they seem to have adequate stretch and look ok.
Just so happened, I had purchased some corduroy from JoAnn in whimsical prints to make jumpers for the girls. These ponchos will coordinate beautifully (I think) with the jumpers and give them a different, warm but not confining like a snow suit, cover-up.
The pattern was Easy McCall’s M6196 and boy was it easy! It included some variations and hand warmers.
It only gets really cold here in Florida a few days a year, so we don’t need tons of heavy winter duds to wear.
These ponchos were cut and sewn in a matter of minutes, actually. I did both of them in a day, with a lot of lollygagging around in between.