Make an Ikea Raincoat




Introduction: Make an Ikea Raincoat

About: i am an advertising and design student in my last year at pratt institute. in my spare time, i like to watch cartoons and knit meat. unusual things in life give me joy.

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.

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    3 years ago

    How do you print the pieces? I can't seem to do it to the correct size.


    5 years ago

    thnks for the pattern...,


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the idea I make coats for my dog and have been thinking about what to make a rain coat out of that was cheap. I tried using a shower curtain but it was too cheap and riped. Ikea bag so smart. Thanks!


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I feed my dogs Purina One dog food . It comes in very sturdy bags , I believe they are made out of polypropylene plastic . If you turn them inside -out they are white . But for a dog coat , it might be cool to use them right-side out !

    Cheers , take care , and have a good day !!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Even when you are swedish you can't understand the ikea names :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This would be fun to wear to work ( I work at an Ikea)


    10 years ago on Introduction

    To me this excellent contraption appeals from the health-related viewpoint. Most commercial raincoats around here are made from PVC, which can't be healthy at all, because it just reeks disgustingly when worn (or if you just put your nose close enough).

    Other raincoats are made of PE foil (as far as I know), which is not harmful, or less harmful than PVC - again, just to my knowledge.
    The problem is - they are too thin and don't last. There's the danger of tearing them on the first use.

    I think the Ikea bags are made of PE or PET plastic and are also extremely sturdy.
    This kind of makes your idea the holy grail of raincoats, I think!

    I'm bookmarking this until I get my hands on four bags. ;-)


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome!! I love those Ikia bags, this would be a great way to show the love, except that I don't know if I could part with FOUR bags! They are too useful, last time I had to move I didn't even need to find extra because I put everything in Ikea bags. The best part is they fold up small and flat to store until your next move. (Being in college I move a lot and the whole dilemma of storing boxes vs. throwing them out always got to me.)


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Am I the only one who saw the picture before reading the title and was disappointed that it's not an instructable for the sculpture?

    Either way, good job. It looks good.