1. With a quick-unpick (known as a seam ripper in US) rip apart the seams on your Ikea bag
2. Using an existing jacket as a template, trace around leaving 0.5cm for hems. You’ll need to play the placement to maximize use of the bag as its basically long skinny pieces of bag.
3. Make sure you remove the handles, these are very good for making a belt or neck tie for the jacket.
4. Trace around & cut out.
5. I lined my jacket as I thought it will be too cold. Used some scrap material I had. Basically do the same but make more like a vest and leave shorter at bottom hem.
6. Sew together. Sew outer first, then sew lining, then sew together.
7. Insert press studs. Mine cost $5 at Spotlight. You just bang em in with a hammer.
8. I added a hood (not in my pattern) but its very very dodgy. There wasn’t quite enough material left, so hood was deeper on one side than the other. Plus the stiffness of the material means it sticks up above my babies head.
9. Attempt to get toddler into new rain jacket = huge amount of tears. She does not think its as cool as Mummy thinks.
Things to consider. Don’t do a v-neck. I did this & it’s stupid. Means when it rains the rain will get onto that part of neck & trickle down inside.
Be prepared to blunt your sewing machine needle.