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THE COMPLETE RADICAL SNUGGIE: OCCUPY (quite) WARM and (kinda) DRY!

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“The whole world is watching, so dress for it!”

The Radical Snuggie is a DIY Winter-Resistant Protest Garment.

Between raids and rain, many occupiers are struggling with improvised winterization. Why cover yourself in a garbage bag when you could model an eye-catching Radical Snuggie made with tear-resistant, fashionable shower curtains? Make your occupation comfy. Stay (quite) warm and (kinda) dry in a Radical Snuggie.

Special design features include:

* Elastic drawstring transforms your Radical Snuggie into a warm, dry sleeping sac at night *

* Or, simply sleep standing up in a mobile cocoon, avoiding those pesky new “park rules”

* Layer-look adds heft for burning off extra Occu-Pie and PBJ calories as you hoist this monster Snuggie about

* Plus, Velcro signage lets you rest your weary arms on marches *

* Built-in scarf turns your witty political statement into a jaunty fashion statement *

* More Special Add-Ons make your Radical Snuggie imminently customizable to withstand the authority assault weapons of choice in your locale *


This Instructable, The Complete Radical Snuggie, is a step-by-step guide for creating your very own Radical Technicolor Dream Snuggie, using basic sewing skills and inexpensive materials from your local dollar store. Make one today for yourself, for a loved one, or to donate to the cause.

TMI? If you prefer to improvise, check out Radical Snuggies in a Nutshell, a simple Instructable that walks you through the Radical Snuggie’s basic principles.

Ready for more? Try on our Radical Snuggie Add-Ons, a sampler of extra features for turning your Radical Snuggie into a Swiss army knife of resistance!
 
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Step 1: MATERIALS LIST

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All of the key materials for this project can be gotten for cheap at a dollar store.

- 4 vinyl shower curtains (Make sure you are using vinyl shower curtains, not plastic liners. Liners are too thin and the plastic will rip when you sew them.)

- Polar Fleece (We used 4 polar fleece throw blankets from the dollar store, but you could also use polar fleece fabric from a fabric store. Fabric stores sell polar fleece fabric that is 60 inches wide, just like our blankets. Our blankets were 76" long, that's about 8.5 yds for your whole project.)

- Elastic

- A toggle (You can take one off the drawstring from an old fleece or coat or buy one at a fabric store where they are usually two for a dollar.)

- Strong, water resistant tape (We used gaffers tape because it's yellow and fun, but duct tape would work just as well. Make sure whatever tape you use sticks to your shower curtain.)

- Sewing Machine

- Thread

- Scissors

- Measuring tape

- Tailors chalk (Or a Sharpie would do nicely.)

- Velcro tabs (Optional)

Step 2: SEW BLANKETS TOGETHER

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In this step, we're sewing our four small blankets into two big blankets. One pair will be used for the front and one for the back. The blankets will overlap in the center, creating an extra layer of warmth around your vital organs.

- Take two blankets and lay them out so that they overlap. You want the overlapping section to be about 32 inches wide. If your polar fleece is 60 inches wide, this will leave a single layer of polar fleece that is 28", a double layer that is 32", and a single layer that is 28".

- Pin the blankets together where they overlap.

- Sew in a rectangle around the edges of the overlapping section.

- Do this for both pairs of blankets.

Step 3: TAPE SHOWER CURTAINS TOGETHER

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Next, we'll do the same thing with the shower curtains, combining the four curtains into two double-wide pairs, one for the front, and one for the back. Again, the overlap is crucial for the design, but in this case, it's for added waterproofing around our seams.

- Lay one of your double blankets on the ground to use as a guide.

- On top of it, lay out two shower curtains, again with a 32" overlap.

- Tape along the front seam where they overlap.

- Make sure that the overlapping grommet holes in the shower curtains line up.

- Flip the curtain over and tape the other seam from the back.

- Note: Shower curtains come in a standard size of 70" square (give or take an inch). You want to overlap about 32 inches in the center, so you will end up with some extra shower curtain on the side extending beyond the blanket. That's okay; we'll use it later. You'll also have some extra polar fleece at the top; we'll be using this too.

Step 4: NECK AND SCARF

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Start this step by stacking the two blankets on top of each other, and the two shower curtains on top of those. You want the grommets of the shower curtains at the bottom, and you want all four bottom edges lined up. The non-grommet end is going to be the top, where the neck and scarf go. You will have some extra polar fleece stick out on this end.

- Using your tailor's chalk, draw a long horizontal line on the polar fleece, tracing the top edge (no grommets) of the shower curtain.

- Measure to find the center of your garment and draw two short vertical lines to mark the neck hole, each 8" away from center, 16" apart. Extend these lines 4 inches under the edge of the shower curtains.

- On each side, cut the top edge of the polar fleece along the horizontal line, moving from the outside edge toward center and stopping about ½ inch away from the short lines you've just drawn. This is makes long strips for the scarf.

- Pin and sew the polar fleece on the two short lines to make the neck hole.

Step 5: SHOULDERS

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This is the tricky part. You have a lot of material so this works best if you have a friend to help. It will also help you to look at all of the pictures in this step before you start so you can envision where this is going.

Again, you'll start this step by stacking the two blankets on top of each other, and the two shower curtains on top of those.

- Cut all four layers along the neck seams you just made, continuing at a right angle from the scarf cut, and leaving ½ inch seam allowance from the neck.

- Now, lay out the materials again. This time, start by putting the back shower curtain good side down on the ground. On top of it, place the fleece, with the back down and front up. On top of everything, put the front shower curtain, good side up. Line up the cut edges around the neck.

- Holding the two top layers together (the front shower curtain and front half of the fleece), flip them over away from the back, folding the fleece over between the short neck seams. This step works best with a friend!

- Now, leaving the neck folded, slip out the notched edges of the front half, un-tucking them so that they to rest flat on top of the back half. The notches will create an 8" overlap, extending horizontally out from the neck, for the shoulders. Starting with the bottom, the layers should be: back shower curtain, back fleece, front shower curtain, front fleece.

- Stitch along the edges in two parallel lines to make the shoulders. The reinforced shoulder seams help with waterproofing, and help to distribute the weight of the garment to keep the vinyl from ripping.

- Note: It helps to roll the material into a log to feed it through your sewing machine.

- Flip everything over so that the fleece is on the inside and the shower curtains are on the outside.

- Use your tape to join the front and back neck seams of the shower curtain.

Step 6: SLEEVES AND SIDES

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The hard part is over! Now we want to finish off the sides and sew the armholes. Begin by laying your Radical Snuggie out flat. We are going to fold the extra shower curtain on the sides in around the fleece, to keep any wetness from seeping in.

- Start with the bottom layer, folding the back shower curtain around the back fleece.

- Do the same for the top layer for the front.

- On each side, draw a horizontal line from the edge of the garment to the taped seam of the shower curtain overlap. This should be about 18" from the shoulder seam. Pin it. This will be the sleeve. Note: the exact placement and length of your line will depend on the size and shape of the person who will be using the Radical Snuggie, but these measurements should fit most people.

- Pin the side seam from below the sleeve line down to the hem (the grommet edge).

- Sew the sleeve and side. Your stitching will be in the shape of an L.


Step 7: DRAWSTRING

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- Thread the elastic through the grommets at the bottom hem of the shower curtains.

- Thread on the toggle, and cinch as desired.

Step 8: SIGNAGE & CUSTOMIZATION

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The Radical Snuggie's roomy design offers plenty of room for customization. For example, the back panel provides an excellent surface for protest signage.

- To add signage to your Radical Snuggie, we suggest Velcro tabs.

- Stick two (or more) Velcro hook tabs to the back shower curtain and affix matching Velcro loop tabs to your sign.

- Connect the Velcro, and you're ready to take your message to the streets.

- Note: Signage is one way to customize your Radical Snuggie, but there's no reason to stop there. Why not add patch pockets or hand warmers? Personalize your Radical Snuggie with your own ideas! See Radical Snuggie Add-Ons for more ideas.

Step 9: SNUGGLE UP 'N GO (STOWAWAY MODE)

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The Radical Snuggie is meant to be worn—all day, all week! Think of it as a nomadic anarchist snail shell that offers the cozy comforts of home on your back. However, if for any reason you want to shed your Radical Snuggie, it's perfectly easy (although a little heavy) to pack and carry.

- To stow the Radical Snuggie, just fold and roll it, using the drawstring to secure it.

Step 10: SNUGGLE DOWN 'N STAY (SLEEPING MODE)

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One of the primary benefits of the Radical Snuggie is that it transforms into a (quite) warm, (kinda) dry sleeping sack.

- Come nightfall, snuggle down into your Radical Snuggie, tuck your feet in, and cinch the drawstring closed to seal out cold air.

- In the morning, you'll be refreshed and ready for more radical actions!
I love this!
Awesome! Love sleeping mode.
myrrhmaid2 years ago
I have that shower curtain! HAHA! This is great! You made my day! Love it! OXO Occupy heartspace!
cjrush10093 years ago
I added a really cool feature to mine. I used the water bag from the inside of a camel back hydration pack. Then I ran the tube through a motor mounted on my belt with an offset disk pump. I then ran the rest of the tubing with my sleeve and now I have an automatic LAME SAUCE dispenser. I hear that its really good on Not-dogs and veggie burgers.
Makedo3 years ago
I am sorry about my comments about your political protesting. You have a right to protest. and I have a right to disagree. I don't mind at all about your creativity and posting your outfit. I do object to your to your making it a political statement. the occupy group has no focus and causes me to dislike people who claim they represent me as part of their 99%. . so create and be well. just don't include me in what your doing.
lbrewer423 years ago
Doesn't this sort of defeat the purpose of being a part of OWS? By buying the parts to make this - a person is supporting capitalism,

Captialism - an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.
No, the purpose of being part of OWS is NOT 'anti-capitalism'. It is anti-corruption in Politics. It's anti-Oligarchy, anti-Plutocracy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1iXXKmq58g
Awesome idea! Very creative, positive and humorous to boot.

This fits in perfectly with the concept of 'Clownarchy' (Clowns for Anarchy, why should ALL the clowns be in office?)

It's also pretty tough to make this one illegal. Can you imagine the city passing a law against 'snuggies'? Really? Why are snuggies now illegal? Oh, just because protestors are wearing them?

I have seen some commercial products for a jacket that turns into a tent, and so forth. Pretty pricey though, and well...a commercial product.

My only suggestion would be to find a way to turn it into a kind of pup tent that you wear at night. You say it's warm, and -kinda- dry. The thing is, you need it to stay very dry if you want to keep warm. To do that, you need to be able to wick moisture away (such as sweat), while keeping moisture out (such as rain). Unfortunately, a completely water-tight barrier might keep perspiration in. So I don't know, maybe a kind of ridge pole around the head area?

Is it comfy to lie down in/ on? Whenever I go camping/ Occupy I need an inflatable mattress or a foam mattress to lie down on, or I wake up with back pains. I think a cheap piece of yellow foam would work. It would be bulky, but would keep you warm, be soft to lie on, and/or provide a small amount of protection from nightsticks. The disadvantage is that you'd look like spongebob squarepants and walk like an arthritic penguin unless you trimmed it.

Actually, I am thinking inflatable -everything- would make this suit even more awesome. An inflatable collar maybe made from an inner tube, as both a ridgepole for a pup tent and collarbone protection from nightsticks. An inflatable mattress for the back, and optionally one for the front, to lie down on and as a kind of armour.

I also think a stitched in pocket or two for a rubber hot water bottle would be awesome. Before going to bed at night, drink some hot chocolate and fill your hot water bottle with hot water. Slip it into the pocket. Drink lukewarm water when it cools down, and if you get thirsty at night.
A jungle hammock is the best way to camp. You are off of the ground, free of insects and there is no issue with rain at all. And a hammock is soft. In the heat in my area getting a few feat in the air means beating the severe heat in the soil. It also keeps you out of those hair like cactus thorns that seem to occupy way too much of Florida. Better yet you won't wake up with a coiled rattler on your chest trying to keep warm. They have a nasty kiss first thing in the morning. Even alligators can't get at you in a jungle hammock and I tend to string them high enough that wild pigs can't get a chunk of me either.
Jungle hammocks are a great idea, although you need something to hang them from. I suppose you could make a kind of hammock suit?
"The disadvantage is that you'd look like spongebob squarepants and walk like an arthritic penguin unless you trimmed it. " Hahaha!  Yeah.  I like that it offers protection, though. I often wonder why protesters in dangerous settings don't wear hard-hats, at least.

Inflatable is a good idea. As for moisture, perhaps wear microfiber Dr. Denton's underneath.
Well, on the 'add-ons' for this Occu-snuggie they suggested carrying a garbage can lid as a shield, which is a good idea.

suggested if they were going to carry a shield, they should also wear bicycle helmets/ motorcycle helmets as well. A hard hat is a good idea too, and they are cheap.

You are right, you could wear clothing (especially underwear) designed to wick moisture away from your body.

There are some U.S. army ponchos that also double as tents. I don't know if this is related to this idea. I suppose the two of them could work together, a rain poncho/ tent over top of a snuggie/ sleep sack. Especially since it is 'sort of' dry.
cjrush10093 years ago
I love this! Im not sure what this 'occupy' thing is though? I have never heard of it but Im guessing its a clown gathering? What better way to go to your clown convention on a cold day! I will tell all the clowns I know about it and tell them that they no longer need to worry about being cold. What about the clown shoes? The regular clown shoes are not insulated and have little to no traction on snow and ice. So any ideas there?
As a Shriner Clown I take offense to the remarks, being compared to the Occupy Folks . I haven't seen any of these 'Occupiers' helping the children at the, Shriners Hospitals for Children. However you are absolutely right about the, clown shoes, they are not the warmest shoes to wear in a parade.
I don't know why you should feel offended. Anyone can wear a clown suit, and be a clown. (Some clowns are better at clowning than other clowns, but anyone can wear the suit). It's not as though clowns, and the people beneath the suits and makeup, don't have political opinions and perspectives too.

No, I guess the Occupiers are specifically helping the children specifically at the Shriner's Hospital for children. Why do you think they should, since the Shriners are already doing a good job? The Occupiers are instead concerned with fixing the problem of greed in politics. That is the focus. Removing greed from politics.

If we can do that, all of the children all over the world, as well as the adults and seniors, will benefit. Health care will be affordable, or free. Secondary education will be affordable. Jobs will be created. War and defence spending will be drastically reduced, there will be money for schools, roads and hospitals...including Shriner's hospitals.

Apparently people think these goals are already 'too nebulous'. Really it's simple. The problem is 1% of the population owns 40% of the wealth. Yes that is the same thing as 'greed in politics'. That is the focus. So perhaps you will understand why the Occupiers aren't out there with the Shriners helping to support the Shriner's hospitals. (Although saying you are offended at being compared to the Occupiers can't really help your cause either.)
o_O surely you jest?
No, Im not a jester I work at a dental office. ._.

Now I was thinking about something you could add to this, since you could get a cold nose; A foam ball of some kind could be cut and you put it over your nose to keep it warm. I am a bit worried that if you fall asleep sandwiched between two shower curtains you could suffocate, so you will want to put on the 'nose warmer' and make sure it pokes out from under all that plastic. Also as I was making my 'occupy clown costume' I noticed that the PVA vapors coming from the cheap shower curtains was giving me a terrible headache, maybe a pocket for Tylenol or some other kind of pain killer would help although the adhesive from all the duct tape made me happy and then v-e-r-y sleepy.... z z z z z z z
I'm sorry if this doesn't seem nice... But you're either making sarcasms _ which doesn't fit the "be nice" policy_ or you REALLY didn't use a radio, or the internet, or your TV, for at least 6 months...
FYI, Occupy is a movement of indignation against the system, demonstrating and organizing actions all over the world for a change. Since it may involve camping for several days away from any regular comfort, this snuggie is a really nice idea.
jsgraham3 years ago
Whether your for or against the movement, keep in mind that we are all entitled to our opinions and views. That's the beauty of the US Constitution. Freedom of choice.

Before anyone wants to go off half cocked about the Occupy movement with all the negative commentary, think about the other uses this instructable could be used for. I see a bit of tongue in cheek in the whole thing, and it makes me laugh.
jamess18053 years ago


"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
-Thomas Jefferson
Trump card "Take all that you have and give it to the poor."
Jesus Christ

Makes Tommy Jefferson look a bit on the small side.

if I "redistribute"...all I have to the poor, what does that make me? POOR! Are you going to give all you have to me? Hmm....
The message is that there is nothing of value in this world to have or own. Even life itself only has the value of salvation and nothing else at all. Marry a stunning young girl and see what nature does to her in 90 years. Flesh rots and fails. Gold and silver are carried away by looters. Homes burn or are seized by others. Even your health is of trivial importance as life is so very brief. Abstract qualities also vanish. I have no clue who the most wonderful person was in India 1000 years ago. Even our names vanish as well as our nations.
If you don't like the way ancients saw the universe try the modern scientists. We are not at all certain that there are not endless universes all around us that we can not detect. There is no way we can even crudely observe 1% of this universe. We know almost nothing and in some ways are as dumb as a worm in our garden. Our chances of ever having any real knowledge even as a race, over centuries is about zero. And just to spice up the insanity we waist what hours we do have debating how many hours a person may occupy a park before the cops beat them half to death. Humanity is a pitiful mess.
The "cops" haven't beat anyone to death. Stop perpetuating the Liberal, Communist and anarchist lies.

"It's not humanity that I have a problem with....it's people I hate".
Real Person vs Bedtime Story. I'm siding with Jefferson on this one.
cjrush10093 years ago
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-10-most-charitable-companies-in-america.html
AmyLuthien3 years ago
I am SO sharing this on facebook! :D
ikoglin3 years ago
Hey, how cool is that! I something like that, when I was an infant. And I loved it so much! Great idea! Awesome! love it!
Great! Sew in carry straps, so the cops can chuck you out of the occupy easier!
hrussell33 years ago
This is hilarious! Who says political struggle has to be grim? Love it!
wrobinson13 years ago
The idea is hilarious and i know a bunch of folks who would be interested


Don't use instructables for your own political ends, critical commentators. No one cares about your opinions, this is _the_internet_. Are you new?
What's the occasion?
Every day is an occasion! Nice DIY, practical and creative, look forward to seeing more from you! :)
sitearm3 years ago
@Buildtheoccupation; Hi! For the and concept I had to immediately tweet your Instructable. Such bravery to wear that thing, much less ingenuity to think of it! Actually I kinda' like it. Petruccio and Pagliaci come to mind.

Cheers! :)
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