With winter approaching, it's time to splurge out on some waterproof jackets for the kids. Alternatively, you could whip one up from an IKEA bag for $1.
Sarina at IKEA Hackers shared this clever DIY tip that is sure to be a hit with cash-strapped parents. To create the IKEA Bag raincoat, all you need is a FRAKTA carrier bag which sell for $1, some sewing thread, a pack of press studs and scrap material for the inner lining.
Here are Sarina's full instructions:
With a quick-unpick rip apart the seams on your Ikea bag
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.
Make sure you remove the handles, these are very good for making a belt or neck tie for the jacket.
Trace around & cut out.
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.
Sew together. Sew outer first, then sew lining, then sew together.
Insert press studs. Mine cost $5 at Spotlight. You just bang em in with a hammer.
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.
Attempt to get toddler into new rain jacket = huge amount of tears. She does not think its as cool as Mummy thinks.
You can view more photos of the finished results here.
Kid's raincoat from Ikea bag [IKEA Hackers]