Some things to keep in mind
-Face like sides together, with the inside of the jacket on the outside. This will keep your seams on the inside of the jacket.
-Line up the patterns with the grain of the fabric. This is not essential, but it will make for a nicer end product.
-Take notice to the inside and outside of the Ikea bag. It is different, even if it is hard to tell.
-Cut things together. This is also not essential, but it will save time.
-When taking apart the Ikea bags, use a stitch ripper. Do NOT cut them apart, you will not have enough room for the pattern pieces.
Step 1: Print the pattern
Step 2: Get all your pieces together
-Cut two back pieces: Take apart one Ikea bag completely, including the hem.
-Cut two front pieces: Take apart one Ikea bag. Do NOT take apart the hem. Line up the longest edge with the hem. This will save you having to finish that edge later If the handles get in the way, carefully rip them out and resew where you ripped stitches.
-Cut two hood pieces: Use two of the leftover bag bottoms from the previous Ikea bags.
*It will take four Ikea bags to complete this project.
Step 3: Put the sleeves together
-When unfolded, you should have two sleeves that match diagram A.
-Then sew the short edges together, as in diagram B.
Step 4: Put the back together
-When unfolded, the back should resemble the diagram.
Step 5: Attach the front and back pieces
-When unfolded, you should have one long piece that matches the diagram.
Step 6: Attach the sleeves
-Put the sleeve inside the jacket, match the curve of the sleeve and the jacket.
-Sew along the curved edge in both the front and the back. Do NOT sew the little horizontal edges of the sleeves. They will be sewn to the hood later.
-Do this for both sleeves.
Step 7: Put the hood together
-Then hem the outside of the hood, as shown in diagram B.
Step 8: Sew the hood to the jacket
-Put the hood upside down inside the jacket, lining up the hems of the hood with the hems of the front of the jacket, and sew around the edge.
Step 9: Finishing up
- Cut two pieces of the Ikea bag handles to about four inches long, and sew them into the seams where the front and back coat pieces meet to create belt loops.
-To make the belt, sew together two of the long straps. Burn or hem the ends to keep from fraying.
-Take another two long straps and sew them along the bottom edge of the coat. Cut, fold, and sew the edges of the handles, to keep from fraying.