Raincoat From Plastic Bags




About: Hello my name is Bob and I like to make things. www.youtube.com/drbombayrastapet

Rainy days are coming, I didn't have a raincoat and instead of buying one I thought why not just make one. It's also an ideal project to recycle plastic bags, you can just melt them together to make a big piece. I'll show you in this Instructable how to do that.

Step 1: Check Out My Quick Video Tutorial!

In this video I show you how to make a raincoat from plastic (trash) bags.
Along with the video you can follow the (easy) steps below :-)

Youtube Video

Step 2: Get Your Materials and Tools Together.

For this project I use:

  • Plastic bags (best would be to recycle shopping bags).
  • Iron (to melt the seams together)
  • Baking paper (to prevent the plastic to melt to the iron)
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • A sample jacket in your size to copy the measurements

Step 3: Measure

Start with getting the measurements from your sample jacket and copy them onto the plastic bags/sheets.
I draw the pattern with a marker onto the plastic.

Step 4: Cut

Now we can out the parts we just measured:
2 front parts
1 back part
2 sleeves
1 hood

Step 5: Iron the Seems

Now we can close the seams.
Instead of sewing we melt them together with an iron.

  • Place your plastic on a flat surface (a surface that can handle heat).
  • Place your sheets and on top of that place the baking paper.
  • Now heat up the iron and melt the seams together.
  • Do this for all the parts. I first close the seams of the body and the sleeves, then I attach the sleeves to the body.

Be careful not to burn holes in the plastic, best is to practice first.
Fiddle a bit with the heat and the time.

Step 6: Create the Hood

Now create a hood, because a raincoat without a hood is kind of useless ;-)

I first melt the hood together before attaching it to the jacket.

Step 7: Done

That's it; time to dance in the rain.

Thank you for checking out my Instructable!

Please also check out my youtube channel.



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    3 Discussions


    10 months ago

    cool watch and nice rain coat


    10 months ago

    This is so incredibly cool! It looks really great, and I'm guessing you didn't spend too much on it either. Thanks for sharing

    1 reply

    Reply 10 months ago

    :-) Thank you!! Yes it's very cheap to make. Especially if you recycle the plastic bags