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Use an everyday frying pan to guide the shape of this simple-to-sew poncho from Built by Wendy fashion designer Wendy Mullin.


  • Poncho diagram
  • 2 yards wool fabric or twin-sized wool blanket
  • Scissors, rotary cutter, and ruler
  • 8-inch frying pan
  • Tailor chalk
  • Sewing machine and coordinating thread
  • 7 yards 1/2-inch double-fold bias tape in coordinating color
  • 6 buttons
  • Hand-sewing needle


  1. Step 1

    Cut two 33-by-36-inch pieces from fabric: one piece for the front of the poncho, and one for the back.

  2. Step 2

    Fold the front piece in half lengthwise (the folded fabric should be 16 1/2 by 36 inches). Lay the frying pan on the fold, as shown in the diagram, and trace the front neckline. Mark the bottom of the handle on the fold; cut a slit along the fold from the neckline to this mark. Gently round the corner (on both layers) where the neckline and slit meet. Lay the frying pan on the bottom corner, as shown in the diagram, and trace and cut the curved corner on both layers.

  3. Step 3

    Fold the back piece in half lengthwise, exactly as you did for the front piece. Lay the front piece on top of the folded back piece. Trace the bottom corner of the front piece onto the back piece, and cut. Measure 2 inches up from front neckline on the back piece and mark. Lay the frying pan on top of the back piece at the 2-inch mark, as shown in the diagram; trace and cut the back neckline.

  4. Step 4

    With right sides facing, sew the front piece to the back piece along one shoulder, using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

  5. Step 5

    Attach bias tape binding around the neck and the outer edges. Start and end the binding on the raw edges of the unsewn shoulder.

  6. Step 6

    With right sides together, sew the front to the back at the second shoulder, capturing the binding ends within the seam.

  7. Step 7

    Measure 1 frying pan width down from one shoulder and make a mark close to the edge of the poncho, to indicate the placement of the first button. Measure another frying pan width from this mark and make a second button mark. Mark a point in between these two marks for the third button. Attach the buttons, where marked, through both layers of the poncho. Repeat to attach 3 more buttons to the other side of the poncho.

The Martha Stewart Show, November 2009



Reviews (10)

  • sweet soul sister 7 Jan, 2014

    oh yeah-disturbed-really disturbed. It's like someone took one of the American flags & ripped it to shreds. One of those 100% wool blankets tops out @ $800.00 cdn bucks. Would most people buy a lovely 100% wool blanket @ $800 bucks & then proceed to take a pair of scissors to it? Even if it wasn't one of your country's icons! Let alone... Anyway-as you see you have offended another Canadian. Whomever designed & sewed this thing should be apologizing or "To the Tower with her".

  • serenerd 16 Jan, 2011

    @LittleHoneyFlower The Hudson Bay Point Blanket was used as trade for Beaver pelts with Native Americans who fashioned them into various types of outer garments. The same blanket wool was also manufactured into blanket outerwear beginning in 1922 and were sold as recently as 2010 in the 2010 Olympic Superstore located in Vancouver.

  • cherie h 26 Mar, 2015

    I have one of these blankets - it belonged to my mother who bought it in Canada many years ago. The blanket has some stains and this project would be a great way to make use of it and still remember the memories it triggers. Thanks for the idea!

  • LittleHoneyFlower 9 Sep, 2010

    The Hudson's Bay blanket is a very meaningful and important icon for Canadians. It is pretty disturbing to see it cut up and made into a poncho. It's like seeing a flag cut up and made into a shirt. Strange. Love Built By Wendy, but this is pretty inconsiderate. She could have opted to use fabric with a similar design instead.

  • fredalee 6 Jan, 2010

    This is a Hudson Bay blanket, made by The Bay company, an old Canadian company. You can goodle it, or just check them out on ebay.

  • LaBayou2000 3 Jan, 2010

    I love this poncho to make but where do I find this blanket?

  • florenceh 2 Jan, 2010

    This would be good for a Girl Guide/Girl Scout camp blanket.

  • STJOJR 2 Jan, 2010

    Can you provide sizing instructions for smaller versions that would fir a 4-6 year old?


  • Cindi6843 2 Jan, 2010

    This is great!! easy to make and good for traveling. Also good for grand children. Cindi Edwards

  • Serendipipse 25 Nov, 2009

    It was a Singer Confidence sewing maching, but what exact model?

    Innovative pattern and teacher by the way, found patterns and books on her site that might make me sew more.