I've been reading here for several months and love all your projects. I usually only sew for Halloween but you guys make me want to buy a better machine and sew more (I have a Singer 247 - old and in need of TLC but works fine and was free as long as I'll mend for my mom occasionally).
My baby board was talking about how you should put kids in carseats with ponchos b/c you can get the straps under the poncho and then minimal fabric compression. That inspired me but not for my baby b/c hubby thought a poncho on a boy was too girly (he already loves wearing bows, sparkly jewelry and high heels so I knew that I was already toeing the line). I was going to just cut a big circle and a hole for a head but when looking for lengths, I found simplicity 4812 (size 3-8 perfect for my 4 and 7 year old girls) cheap on ebay. I then found sale fleece and a bunch of trim so off I went. This pattern was simple and took very little time to complete each piece. Also, this was my chance to practice with a zipper for my Christmas dress. I've never done zippers before.
The violet one has lots of trim (pom-poms and glitter FOE) and took a while to do - I haven't perfected FOE yet and ended up hand sewing the front side on - any suggestions on how to use this (maybe machine needle recommendations b/c it was really tearing at it) would be helpful for the girls Christmas dresses.
The leopard print did not have as much as it's already busy and my hands hurt from so much hand sewing the other one (I sprained my wrist last winter and have had carpal tunnel symptoms since where holding a small object like a needle will put my hand to sleep in 5 minutes).
Well, here's my photos: