I was inspired to make a duct tape jacket of some kind because of hat day at my school. Why hat day, you ask? Well...I didn't have any awesome hats, so I made a hex hat from duct tape. It was a hit with my friends, and a lot of people gave good feedback. I was excited to do something bigger. Something with some more "Wow" factor.
When first worn, this jacket is kind of stiff and pretty much a plastic tube. It keeps in a LOT of heat, and is great for wearing in the cold outside! It is also 100% waterproof, and can be used as a rain jacket. The more you wear it, the more more comfortable it gets. Unlucky for me, it is still hot here in the south, even at 5:00 am when I have to go catch the bus for school. Eventually though, I will be wearing this to school everyday :D
So without any more delay, here is my Duct Tape Hoodie! I hope it has enough "Wow" factor for everyone.
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Step 1: Materials
First, you need the right tools.
- Yard/Meter Stick
Now, gather your materials.
- Duct Tape. I used two 55 yard rolls, and part of a 40 yard roll, along with fluorescent green tape for decorating. I probably spent around $15 for the duct tape. I didn't use proffesional tape... I used the cheapest I could find.
- Masking Tape
Oh! Forgot! You need a large flat surface that you can cut on. I have (clean) concrete floors, so it's no big deal. You may wish to use a large cutting board on a table if you need to (or improvise!).
Step 2: Wait - How Big Should It Be?
Well... I must admit - I stole my measurements from imrobot's Instructable www.instructables.com/id/The-plastic-bag-hoodie-How-to-fuse-plastic-bags-a/#step5 . On step 5 he has the measurements. (Alternatively, I've posted it on this step as well)
Now, be careful! I used the medium measurements for the body, which is 68cm by 61cm. It turns out that it is WAY to wide and the jacket will be more like a tube... it is best to make the size measurement that is closest to you size, then tailor the jacket after you finish.
Step 3: Getting Started - Duct Tape Cloth
First, we must learn how to make duct tape cloth!
Making the tape can be kind of tricky, but mostly when you are covering the first layer. If two sticky parts touch in the wrong place, problems can occur. Be careful when laying down the strips!
There are variations on how to make duct tape cloth, but this method works well for me and lets me get the correct size duct tape sheets I need.
Step 4: Sleeves
We need to make the sleeves. I started with the sleeves because they are the easiest. Make sure you make a plain rectangle the correct width (mine was24cm - 39cm by 55cm. 55cm was a tad short for me. Adjust to your size).
Step 5: Starting the Body
The main body is large - So large, that it did not fit on my cutting board. I used my floor to make the body, and (using masking tape, a yard stick, and a sharpie) made a large measuring angle to get the right sized duct tape cloth.
If you want a zipper or a cut down the middle, make sure to measure and mark off the middle of one of the duct tape sheets.
Step 6: Attaching Things
We begin the end of the hoodie.
The easiest way to go about attaching things it to first attach the two halves, then the sleeves, then the sides of the body.
There could be another way, but I didn't see how I was going to get duct tape strips into the enclosed area of the hoodie.
The hardess part of this step is adding duct tape to the inside seem of the sleeves. It is dark inside a plastic tunnel...
Step 7: Tailoring and Pockets!
I wake up at 5:00 am to get ready for school. I decided that since I was ready early, I would tailor the jacket and make it fit better.
Home from school, time to work on some pockets! Because they are easy! Listen to remixes of the Tetris theme.
Note: After using the jacket, the pockets are less than impractical. They are designed too tightly, and my hands barely fit, let along any objects. They can be used to store paper things though.
Step 8: The Long Awaited Hood
Making the hood is pretty straight forward. All you need to do is conjoin the two rectangles and attach them to the collar of the hoodie. Trim off the top corner of the hood and round it to make it look nicer.
Step 9: Finishing Up!
The hoodie is technically done. But nothing like some color duct tape to make it look snazzy :D
You can put a bunch of stripes, checkered squares, or pictures and words with colored duct tape. I just did an easy choice and put one color of duct tape on what I consider to be borders of the jacket.
After 5 days of work, I finished! Don't be fooled-it takes a while bit it really isn't hard.
This jacket hold in a LOT of heat. I mean, while taking the pictures for this in my air-conditioned room, I started sweating. It is pretty comfortable if it is cool outside with less sun.
This jacket is 100% water proof also! So a bonus if it rains while you are outside in the cold :D I tested this with a garden hose, and it repels very efficiently. The biggest issue is that the water drips directly onto your pants. Maybe future developments will fix this.
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