Petite Poolside Poncho

July 22, 2010, 21:36 pm  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

Thrift stores are a veritable gold mine of brightly colored, vintage towels from the 60′s and 70′s. As they say, “One (wo)man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure” and today, mine comes in the form of tattered terry cloth turned into a tiny tunic!  For only a few dollars and under an hour’s worth of time, you can whip-up a poolside poncho for you favorite, little water baby.  Here’s how!

Towel Poncho

Thrift Store Towel
Sewing Machine
Coordinating Thread
Fabric Scissors
Measuring Tape or Ruler
Sewing Pins
Buttons & Sewing Needle (Optional)

Toddler (Child)


  • Cut towel into 2, 10″ x 20″ (11″ x 21″) strips.
  • Using a 1/4″ seam allowance and with right sides together, sew the top of one strip to the bottom side of the other. The two pieces will now form an “L” shape.

    How you navigate your project from here on, will depend on how you’ve cut your towel. Essentially though, you’ll need to be mindful that all raw edges will need to be hemmed (using a 1/4″ seam allowance), whereas the selvedge edges can be left alone.

poncho diagram

Tip:  For a less feminine version, try a striped or darker colored towel.  Oh, and robot or skull buttons would be awesome, too!

  • Fold the the piece as seem in the above image; sew the 2nd seam.
  • Embellish poncho by securely sewing on mismatched buttons.

That’s all there is to it–now your bathing beauty will be as cozy as s/he is cute!

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See My Other Recycled Towel Projects:
Beach Towel Blocks

Knitted, Recycled Towel Bath Mat


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