How to Sew a Raincoat using our Eco-Coated Cotton in 13 easy steps.

Children's raincoat poncho easy
As much as we love beach days in Dubai, it’s also great to wake up to dark, looming clouds overhead for a change! With rain on the brain this Spring Break, this tutorial seems perfect for embracing these rare wet days - and if you're like us, you don't already have lots of raincoats just lying around.

Now, let’s jump right in to learn How to Sew a Raincoat…

Step 1

First off, we used 1.5 meters of laminate cotton for the exterior, and an additional 1.5 meters of cotton sateen for the lining. Using a pre-existing T Shirt for sizing.  Check out the amazing Coated Cotton Laminates we have in stock here - there is one to suit everyone in the house!

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You can actually omit cutting the armholes if you don’t want to add sleeves to the poncho.  We like sleeves for kids so they can still wear their backpacks and scooters in the rainy weather.  Tip: always make the sleeves longer than necessary to extend the life of your kids clothing!

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The great thing when you are doing all of this with the laminate is that you are working with the wrong side constantly against the sewing machine, so you don’t need to worry about the ‘sticky’ factor.

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Now for the hood.  Grab a pre-existing hooded sweatshirt for pattern sizing. Be sure to add extra room around the back and top of hoodie for pattern for a nice roomy hood.

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We like using this method for hemming the sleeves as it eliminates any tricky sewing with the laminate.  Your machine is always on the cotton!

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You will be thrilled with this poncho, and it will last for a couple of years (which in kid life is an eternity).  Cotton laminate can go in the washer and dryer, but better yet – just wipe off and spills and stains! And with all of the absolutely fantastic designs we stock in this fabulous eco-fabric – you just have to try working with it for yourself!

Got some skills?  Try sewing an inside back panel pocket so that the poncho can fold in on itself and turn into a bag you can carry around.  You know you want to.