How to Make a Poncho From a Blanket

by Kaitlyn Yeager ; Updated September 28, 2017

Making a poncho from a blanket is a good way to both recycle a piece of home d├ęcor and create a new piece of clothing. It gives the poncho a personal touch and emotional significance. A blanket is also a good piece of material to make a poncho from because it is a large single piece of fabric, so your poncho will not require seaming.

Items you will need

  • Blanket
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Thread
  • Sewing needle or sewing machine
Step 1

Measure the collar of a shirt that has the same size neck you want your poncho to have. Measure and mark a circle in the center of the blanket that is the same size as the collar.

Step 2

Decide how long you would like the poncho to be, and mark a square of the specified width, using the circle as the center.

Step 3

Cut out the circle about a 1/2-inch in from the markings, and the square about a 1/2-inch out from the markings. This allows enough fabric for the hems.

Step 4

Fold the edges of the fabric in at the markings and pin into place. Sew the edges either by hand or by machine.

Step 5

Try the poncho on to make sure no adjustments are necessary, and make the adjustments if they are needed.


  • If you want to add fringe, use a hole punch to make holes at even intervals around the outer edge, then tie fabric strips about 6 inches long through the holes. You can shorten the strips for a shorter fringe.

About the Author

Kaitlyn Yeager is a newspaper web producer Connecticut and has been working in journalism since 2006. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism in 2009. Yeager enjoys sharing information about knitting and crocheting, her two main hobbies.