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This is very wearable jacket made with 140 Capri Sun Juice pouches and a large snap closure.   The jacket is entirely sewn using a Vogue pattern (#8480).  It will keep you dry in the rain, and is very very warm!  the only pattern piece omitted were the pockets. But the jacket has set in sleeves, lapel collar, back vent, and princess seams.

Step 1: Gather and clean the juice pouches

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after you drink the contents of the juice pouch, cut a small (2") slit at the bottom of the bag, inside the pleat and rinse the bag and let dry.

Always wanted to make this coat, I'll have to find a mens jacket pattern though and Im going to experiment ironing the pouches together (I've heard that it works better and is more waterproof since the sewing leaves tiny places for water to run in) Im going to rock it in college haha. Gonna have a hood on it too so I can wear it out in the rain

sunshiine5 years ago
Have you tried wearing this?  Did this jacket breathe?  I wanted to make one for my sister but am concerned it might be too hot for her summer climate.  Can you tell me anything that I might expect from wearing it in a hot climate?  Will appreciate any input. 
You could maybe try overlapping the tiers with ventilation at the bottom of each pouch???
smvite (author)  sunshiine5 years ago
i would not wear it in a very hot climate.  It doesn't breathe,  BUT, you could put some grommets/holes under the arms like they have in some items that would make it more breathable. 
Thanks.  She can't be in the sun and I thought with the foil or what ever that it might be cooler but then the plastic is hot.  Thanks again.
fricken awesome! :D I was planning on making a bookbag (roughly 30 0r 40 pouches) and I was so sure I had enough but I'm short some XD

needless to say, once I make that bag I'm making one of these :D (but in a more guy fashion) and maybe I'll add a hood and pockets :3
smvite (author)  CosmicBrambleclaw3 years ago
thanks. Have fun. Ripley's actually bought my jacket. I'd love to see your bag when done!
This is the colest thing Ive seen in awhile. Thanks for sharing!
nsmith14 years ago
Fantastically awesome!!!!!
Ysabeau4 years ago
A new kind of patchwork.
sclausson5 years ago
You are so talented. I made a solar cooker with the 14" x 14" pieces from Chips Ahoy Chocolate Chip cookies and am looking at the foil pouch from the Muscle Milk 12" x 12" foil pouch as a possible umbrella or skirt or both. How sturdy is the resulting garment?
smvite (author)  sclausson5 years ago
it's pretty sturdy. There were a few tears from wear (it was worn alot by a friend for a comedy routine), but nothing a little clear packing tape didn't fix. sue
firefliie5 years ago
you should make an instructable w/ capri sun rain boots, because right now i'm really into rain boots!! :D pretty please with sugar on top?
smvite (author)  firefliie5 years ago
interesting thought.  but what would i use for the bottm/soles of the boots?  Maybe just cover existing rainboots?
Could always try worn out sneakers or other shoe soles. I like using car tires.
I like the car tires idea but car rubber is pretty firm and has metal in it.  Bike tires might work if you could connect them to make them wide enough.  I am not sure if they would be water tight since the sewing puts holes into the boots.  You could always weld them together with and soldering iron or normal iron.  There is an instructable here.  This would ensure that everything is water tight.
There are already plenty of instructables that show the use of tires as a shoe soles. Not all car tires have a steel belt in them.
Cool.  I will have to take a look at those.  Never thought there would be those.  But I have to say that instructables has suprised me many times over on the random yet awesome stuff it can teach.
smvite (author) 5 years ago
Update: Ripley's recently purchased this jacket for their museum.  Not sure where it will be, but will post when I find out. sue
Thanks for telling us.  This is great!
Arano5 years ago
what kind of thread did you use? i think it should be one that is kinda thick and thickens(expands?swells?) on contact with water(and thus i think thread out of linen is best...)

p.s. i'm not too good at english
smvite (author)  Arano5 years ago
I used regular polyester sewing thread. Nothing special in the thread area, and I used a narrow sharp needle.
Beautiful use of the capri sun pouches.  Really wearable, too! 
rockyt5 years ago
this is just awesome!! Makes me want to purchase the product just to make the coat.
SueHeiss5 years ago
I love this rain coat!  You are a juice box queen.  Love it, love it, love it.
paganwonder5 years ago
This completely ROCKS!  Recycle/Reuse/Repurpose in the extreme- my niece will love this to match her Capri Sun shoulder bag!   Thanks for posting.
bowmaster5 years ago
Cool! I'm going to start saving pouches!