|Buy 4 matching bandannas; this brand works well.|
|Some bandannas have printed words instead of labels.|
|I do not like the words, but I do like the overall design.|
I'll set these aside for later, then work out a way to deal with the lettering.
|Snip out the labels as close as possible to the hem.|
|These bandannas are not square. |
The cross wise grain edge is a different length than the length wise grain, and is a little stretchy.
|This difference in size is the reason I made sure to sew cross grain edges to cross grain and length wise to length wise.|
|Sew the bandannas together to form a large square leaving some of the center open. |
This is 3 inches... not enough to make a head size opening.
|Here are all 4 bandannas sewn with the 3 inch opening... had to open it up to 4 inches.|
|A reasonable opening, seams pressed flat, and the neck opening creased.|
|While photographing the green version I noticed the shadow effect.|
And I don't like the look of that point.
|The points were serged off after the neck was top stitched.|
|If you do not have a serger, you could just cut them off with pinking shears.|
|I serged these before top stitching the neck edge.|
|Finished green poncho.|
|My first thought was to sew the seams beside the letters...|
sorry the red thread is hard to see.
|The resulting huge seam allowances were problematic!|
|Marked the corners in preparation for serging; measure from the printed pattern NOT the hem.|
Cheap bandannas have very uneven hems!
|One bandanna trimmed, serge the other 3 and proceed as with the pink/green set.|
At this point I realized that the "Quick & Easy" quotient just went down by a factor of 16!
And I have 5 sets of this brand of bandanna.
4 edges x 4 bandannas x 5 colors = 1 busy Grandma!
I did seriously consider returning some bandannas in favor of the other brand, but.....
the colors available.....
and the print.....
I think I will keep them after all and just GET BUSY!