"Summer Social" Guest Project — The Surfer’s Poncho {tutorial}

15 Jun
I can’t believe I’m here guesting for Jen on Tatertots & Jello! 
My name is Kyla and I’m visiting you from Funky PolkaDot Giraffe!

I feel like the kid from the Willy Wonka movie
who yells – “Look at me! I’m on TV!”
That’s seriously how awesome this is for me.
I adore Jen and hope to meet her in real ASAP!

I’ve lived all over the country.
Born in Las Vegas, jr. high and high school in Iowa,
a summer in Kentucky, college years in Utah and now I’m settled
in fabulous Orange County, California.
I’m married to my college sweetheart and we have two crazy munchkins.
I’m a second grade teacher, turned creative blogging enthusiast, and I tend to the
obsessive – just ask my husband 🙂
I have an Etsy shop, do day care full time, and love blogging on my crafty blog

Today I’m sharing a fun summer project that
I’ve been wanting to make for a long time.

I found the towels over a year ago at a Black Friday sale
and I just knew they’d come in handy one day.

It’s the Surfer’s Poncho –
or a new spin on the classic and much loved, hooded towel.

We have swimming lessons starting in a week
and one thing that drives me crazy is
the dragging of the towels across the parking lot or
the crying 2 year old because she can’t keep her towel
on and she’s “freezing”.
The insanity!!!!

So I was brainstorming with my husband about
the problem – he’s a good sounding board –
and he said, “You should make a surfer’s towel.”
And I was like, huh?
He explained that surfers cut holes in the top
of a towel so they have a makeshift changing room on the beach.
The towels don’t fall off – because they are poncho style.
So I changed the plans a little bit and this is what I came up with.

Surfer Poncho Tutorial:

What you’ll need: 
1 large towel 
1 hand towel 
sewing machine


  • STEP ONE:  Fold your hand towel in half.
    You can use the decorative edge or a finished edge of the
    towel to save you the time of having to “hem” the outside edge.
    Lay your pattern down and pin.
    I used a hood from a hooded towel we already had
    to make my pattern.


    Cut your hood pieces out, cutting a little extra for seam allowance
    if you didn’t already allow for that in the sizing.
    I added extra, because the pattern was actually for my
    daughter’s towel and my son has a BIG-ger head 🙂


    Sew around the outside edge where the arrows outline.
    I sewed a 1/4″ seam allowance with a zig zag stitch
    and then went over the seam again with a straight stitch. 
    Fold your towel in half lengthwise to form the poncho.
    Then, find the center of the folded edge.
    You could measure and be exact, but I folded it in half again
    and marked with a pin. 
    Use the neck hole of a shirt and make a pattern
    piece for the neck opening.
    You can also estimate and eye it if you’re comfortable with that.


    Open up your neck opening and pin down the front
    half of the ellipse.
    Then sew a 1/4″ seam around the pinned edge –
    again I did a zig zag and then a straight stitch. 


    Find the center of the back part of the ellipse and mark with a pin.
    Then match the center of the hood to the center of the ellipse
    and pin the hood to the poncho right sides together. 

    Sew the hood to the poncho with a 1/4″ seam.
    I did a zig zag and went back over with a straight stitch.
    Woohoo! Now you have a Surfer Poncho!
    Time to add the pocket.
    I grabbed my son’s sweatshirt and took a pattern from the pocket.


  • STEP TEN: 
    Cut a little extra for seam allowances, then fold the edges
    under where the arrows are and sew down the raw edge
    so you have a finished edge.
    Position in the pocket where you’d like it to lay.
    Then, holding the top edge of the pocket in place,
    flip the pocket up toward the hood,
    so that with right sides are together now.
    Sew with a 1/4″ seam along the top seam –
    that looks like the bottom seam of the pocket right now. 
    After you’ve sewn the top seam,
    flip it back down and sew the bottom portion down,
    leave the holes open for the pocket.
And there you have it – The Surfer’s Poncho!
And just in case you have a Surfette 🙂 
Thank you so much for having me, Jen!

I hope you’ll all come visit me at Funky PolkaDot Giraffe sometime.

Thanks Kyla!!! 
Those Surfer Hoodie Towels are just adorable!!
Kyla is one of my favorite bloggers and twitter friends!! 
It is incredible to me how much she gets done!! 
Here are some of my favorite Kyla ideas:
{And, if you don’t want to make one, Kyla sells them in her cute etsy shop}
{Check out her Rainbow Jello – so colorful and fun!}
{And Kyla makes the cutest Korker Hair Korkers – find out how to make them!}
Be sure to stop by Funky Polka Dot Giraffe – you will be glad you did!!
And, be sure to check back for more 
Summer Social Ideas
ALL Summer long!!
It’s going to be SO fun!!! 

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