I don't know how you fare in the winter months, but I spent nearly half of last year consistently dressed in a hooded sweatshirt, sweatpants, and gloves under a floor length fleece robe... not a good look. This year I thought I would take a slightly different approach: A blanket fashioned into a trendy article of clothing! At $80 however, this particular item of blanket chic is well out of my price range so I thought I would attempt making one from an actual blanket I found on clearance at Target for $13! Full disclosure: The poncho is now marked down to $50 due to my aforementioned hibernation, but the fact that I was able to disrobe (like I literally had to get out of my robe) long enough to transition into what I had made without getting frostbitten makes this a success.
As it turns out, a standard throw blanket (50x60 inches) is exactly the same size as this poncho which leads me to believe it is in fact a blanket with a hood attached. I've figured out your tricks, Urban Outfitters!
When it came to assembling this piece it was fairly simple. I laid it on the floor folded in half and cut a slit from the fabric's edge to the center of the fold. I then made an additional cut along the fold for the neckline.
I used liquid stitch to make sure the material wouldn't fray, to attach the zipper to the underside of the opening, and attach the scarf at the fold (somehow I stumbled across a scarf for $3 at AC Moore that matched the throw). I'm not sure how much I trust liquid stitch since it is just glue, but I clamped the fabric while each step dried and probably wouldn't throw this poncho in a washing machine. Spot clean only. My intention was to recreate this piece without a sewing machine because A.) it would be easier for others to attempt and B.) I do not own a sewing machine... heh. All in all I think it turned out pretty well. The hardest part was photographing myself wearing it... I just have no concept of what to do with my limbs in pictures (they are disproportionately lanky to my short torso, but that's a story for another time). So I recruited my dear friend Rachel to model for me instead, it's better for everyone that I not document my awkward. Thank you Rachel for doing the world this great service. Here's the final product: