Thursday, April 25, 2019

Handwoven Mexican Poncho or Serape for Barbie -DIY

Barbie's getting her Cinco de Mayo on! Now that she's dressed up in this Hand Woven Mexican Poncho all she needs is a margarita! Well, I'm sure a taco wouldn't be bad either. The only supplies needed for this Poncho are yarn, a piece of cardboard and a wide eyed plastic yarn needle. This is an easy project that kids can do for themselves and thicker yarns help speed it along:@)
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There is no real right or wrong here folks, just remember to keep the number of strings on the cardboard an even number and always start weaving under the first string. It's probably best to always begin from the same side too. Mix up the colors, yarn thickness, materials (colored jute or bakers twine?) and have fun!

Hand Woven Mexican Poncho for Barbie
  • Cut a piece of cardboard approx 9" x 5" (the 5" side goes across her shoulders, you can make it wider and longer if you'd like).
  • Make a mark on both 5" sides every 3/8" (if you want to make a tighter weave use every 1/4"), the only thing to remember is you want to end up with an even number of marks.
  • Cut into each mark about 1/4" deep (you don't need to be exact).
  • Choose a yarn to wrap around the cardboard but remember, if you want the fringe on the bottom of the poncho this is the yarn that will be the fringe. (I had some leftover tri-colored cotton from Christmas that happened to work well for Cinco de Mayo colors).
  • Wrap it from the top to the bottom matching the slots (making straight lines of yarn).
  • Cut long pieces of yarn and begin weaving, starting under the first string and going over the second. Leave yourself at least a 4" tail of yarn on each side though so you can do something with the loose ends.  Please excuse pics with flash, we've had three days of heavy rain here north of Philly...
  • When you get to the center (where her head would go through) only weave half of the strings, turn and go back to the side. I made my hole about 1" long. 
  • Finish weaving and while it's still on the cardboard work the ends. Bring the yarn back over and under about four strings-to the back of the piece- when you take the piece off of the cardboard you can cut the loose ends off.
  • Turn it over and cut the yarn on the back of the cardboard in half at the middle. 
  • Removing only one string at a time (you'll be tempted to take the whole thing off the cardboard... um, don't do that), tie a knot at the bottom of each string. (I couldn't figure out how to explain how to do this, but you'll see once you get started).
  • Once all strings are knotted, dress your doll and say "ole"!!!
~Make something just for fun and have a happy day😎


  1. Oh, I might take a lazier way out on this one---and cut up some thrift store--napkins or placemats. I actually bought some for a Over South of the border theme---I think that might be politically correct???

    Great idea for kids though----learning to weave is something everyone should know---every kid I know gets a potholder frame sometime in their life.


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