Introduction: Make an Ikea Raincoat

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Use four ikea bags, you will be able to make your own ikea raincoat!

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

Make sure when you print this to scale it up so the arrows are about 6 1/4 inch long. This pattern will make a small/medium woman's size coat.

Step 2: Get All Your Pieces Together

-Cut four sleeve pieces: Take apart two Ikea bags.*Don’t worry about taking apart the hem of the bag. (the part the handles are sewn into) Two sleeves should fit per bag.

-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

- Pair two sleeves together and sew the long end. Repeat this with the other two sleeve pieces.

-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

- Pair the two back pieces and sew the long end.

-When unfolded, the back should resemble the diagram.

Step 5: Attach the Front and Back Pieces

-Sew the short vertical edge of the front to the short vertical edge of the back. Repeat this with the other front piece.

-When unfolded, you should have one long piece that matches the diagram.

Step 6: Attach the Sleeves

-Keep the inside of the jacket on the outside, and keep the sleeve right-side out.

-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

- Pair up the hood pieces and sew along the curved edge, as shown in diagram A.

-Then hem the outside of the hood, as shown in diagram B.

Step 8: Sew the Hood to the Jacket

- Like when attaching the sleeves, make sure the coat is inside out and the hood is right-side out.

-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

- Hem the ragged edges along the bottom of the coat and the ends of the sleeves.

- 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.