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Make a jacket from a sleeping bag! (feat. BUNZ)

Make a jacket from a sleeping bag! (feat. BUNZ)

Courtesy of Matt. Heh still can’t see This is everybody’s favorite part. It’s so cold. Hello, it’s Wendy. And this is Can She DIY it. it it is a Series where I see if I can make something I show you all the steps along the way and then hopefully you can make it Too today’s challenge is one that I’m really excited about I’ve been wanting to make a puffy parka for a long time and I made a long list of the supplies that I need to buy then I realized there was a much more sustainable and guaranteed insulated way to do it and that is to use a secondhand sleeping bag so that kind of brought me to two challenges one is I really want to see if I could make a Puffy parka from a sleeping bag and two just on this like sustainability theme I thought what if I try to do the whole thing with a theme of like recyclable sustainable Items, yeah, if you watch till the end, let me know how you think I did and also if any ideas come to you on future Sustainability themed projects. Let me know Hello This is what we’re dealing with today I took it out to take a look at it and then I didn’t do a very good job putting it back in I did my best to find a sleeping bag that I actually like in the color of because There’s a lot of I don’t know what like kind of off off tones this one. I thought it was Navy It’s a bit more teal than Navy Courtesy of Matt M. , thank you Matt M., and it has a cool stripe I’m really hoping we can make good use of that as well as the little mesh pocket Who knows what’s gonna happen to that guy? But let’s open it up together and aaaah start Woah This is a pattern that I had traced previously from a winter parka that I owned I used it in a how to make a clear raincoat tutorial I’ll put the link in the description if you want to see that but basically in this one piece of paper I have half of a front and half of a back and here I folded the back half out of the way so that I can just Trace the front half. I needed two symmetrical pieces of this So I traced one with the stripe and then the other one without the stripe But this gap I left in the front was to help me have enough fabric to work with to cross over the flaps But the rest of the pattern I already had traced it with enough seam allowance So I just went ahead and cut exactly along the edge all the way around I flipped over that front piece to cut out a symmetrical front piece Folded the bag in half to cut out a back piece and then found another place to fold it so I could cut out two Sleeves and that is a new day and I have cut out the pieces that I need for now The collar is a part that stresses me out a little so I just leave it for later, but here is the back piece I’ll lay these out on the table for you Hopefully will look like this Then I have two front pieces They are symmetrical to each other since your front is a symmetrical body part And so this one is over here on the right side and to reduce work I utilized the zipper edge of The sleeping bag to be the edge that will be the zipper later I I can’t literally preserve this exact number because it does end up getting cut off But at the very least having this finished edge will make it easier to attach a different zipper I have chosen to put that little accent stripe over here Hope it all looks good in the end I’ve got my two sleeves These are symmetrical to each other but not necessarily Symmetrical in of themselves because the front and back side of your arm are obviously different and move differently. I Added a clip to the front side of it because that will help me to remember Which one is my left arm with this clip in front. And which one is my right arm with this clip in front. Starting with the back piece, I placed it right sides touching with the front pieces and we’re going to sew that together along the shoulders with a straight stitch I’m feeling okay about the stripe placement and I purposefully made sure that this seam went into my armpit here and went into my armpit Here and that’s just to make sure when it all closes up Everything lines up like it’s gonna look unprofessional When you get this result, and if I could show you the bottom Still can’t see it You know man this thing is long Can you see it now? This is such a long jacket. They line up front to back off to good start. So now let’s attach This because there are a lot more curves along the armholes I did sew together all the layers with a straight stitch like so before putting it all together So I have here at the armhole it’s got one straight stitch to kind of hold the whole layers in place and I took the sleeve folded it in half and Clipped it to the armhole down the two sides. Our entire side is still open. We’re just gonna put it right sides together here’s where I’m really happy that I Used the edge of the sleeping bag as the end of my sleeve because now this has already hemmed Using that brain there’s always a poncho stage when making a coat This was probably the most exhausting stitch out of this whole entire parka process but I Did my best to wrestle it through the machine I clip it together at the armpit and that’s just my way of making sure the armpit seam lines up and then I sewed a straight stitch all the way down the sleeve making sure the seams lined up front and back and All the way down the side making sure those seams line up the front and back Truth be told that I did not get this right the very first try there was one part where I think one side of the armpit sucked in more fabric than the other and so then the seams didn’t line up perfectly and Then I realized that…You all know this is my least favorite paaaart and with great patience, I made it through this step. I wrestled it through the machine I even broke a nail in the process. But then after I switched the nail everything went so much smoother So maybe I was just due for a nail change anyways, but let’s flip these guys inside out Okay, I didn’t capture all of the blue Fabric here. So I’m gonna have to fix it. Whoa. Oh, I can’t do this for long. I’m gonna get really hot And then next up the collar Before we get to the collar actually I realized that those zippers along the front needed to be totally removed so I went ahead and did my World’s most favorite activity: (not) seem ripping. Just working my way left side right side and Here’s the finished zippers and all that extra threads that came out of it to the collar at first I was not quite sure how tall this needed to be So I just caught off a whole panel that included a stitch and that way The whole filling and everything wouldn’t run away on me. It was just gonna be a bit easier to manage next I did pin this right sides together to the entire neck hole and sewed all the way around with a straight stitch the piece that I cut actually was not even long enough to completely cover the neck hole. I was not quite sure what I was going to do about this spare flap But my first goal was just to sew it together and see how it looked What belongs here is a shot where I showed you how bad it looked at this step. It was way too tall So it was floppy and it didn’t look like it matched up right in the front So I did take it all apart. And the next thing I did was Shorten the neck hole a little bit by taking in some fabric at the shoulders I also took out my cutting mat an acrylic ruler to help me shorten this entire collar down to size It’s way too tall right now. Knowing it was not long enough to go around the entire neck hole, I also made sure I undid all these zipper stitches at the edge so that I could move the filling to go as Deep into the corner as possible Then I zhuzh’d the filling a little bit more and sealed it all off with a straight stitch So that I wouldn’t have to worry about all these layers separating while I’m attaching it to the parka and one more thing I did seal off the entire neck hole with a straight stitch because I didn’t want these layers to run away on me Finally that brings us to attaching the collar to the parka I decided to attach it so that it had a symmetrical amount of gap on both sides Wasn’t really sure how this was going to turn out in the end But I just knew it would be better than what I had tried previously now It is a crime to make a winter coat that does not have pockets. So don’t worry. I did not forget I wanted to see if I could salvage this mesh zippered pocket that came with a sleeping bag. Why not? And then I also cut out two more large rectangular panels from the remaining sleeping bag fabric These just have to be big enough to comfortably fit your entire hand with room for seam allowance I folded these right sides touching and sewed it along the bottom a Little ways up the side and then also sealed off the top that opening that’s left over is where the hand is going to go In the pocket looking at the side of the parka. I undid some of the stitching that was about a foot or so below the armpit and Just did enough so that I could get the pocket to fit in this opening flipping the pocket to be right sides facing out I slipped it into this gap and then attached it to the edge of the parka I did this by putting clips along the entire opening and then sewing it all in place with a straight stitch once that’s done I can pull the pocket to be back on the inside of the jacket and then just at the top and the bottom of the pocket I did a little bit of stitching to Reinforce the side so that there’s a clear end and beginning to the side of the parka before the pocket hole So I mentioned near the beginning that I did break one needle I actually broke three needles in the process of making this parka So if you’re gonna do this make sure you have strong needles to begin with and I thought I’d do a really quick demonstration of how I swap the needles since I got plenty of practice from making this parka the first thing I do is make sure that there’s something flat covering the bottom plate and it’s because if you Accidentally drop the needle it will bounce off of it But if there’s nothing there it’s gonna fall into the Machine Which is another huge headache then I slide the needle and tighten it in place remove the bottom plate and we’re ready to
go It’s not that hard check it out. Here is the finished pocket. We’ll flip it over and it’s nice and invisible, it’s just hidden into the side and Was really easy Now the inside of the jacket is looking pretty messy with all this fluff and everything sticking out so I’m gonna show you how I Finished it off to make it look a little bit more professional on the inside the first step that I did was I cut out all the excess fluff from every single seam I just went in there with a pair of scissors and tried to clean it all off next. I took this grosgrain ribbon it’s nice and wide was a maroon shade to match the maroon accent on the parka and We’re gonna use this to hide away all the seams I fold in a small edge of the ribbon and then seal that with a straight stitch so that the raw edges are hidden away Then I folded that over all of the seams and sewed through the entire layer so that it’s basically Wrapping up all the excess seems like a taco I ended up adding this feature to all of the raw on the inside of the parka except for the Armhole because it was a little tricky to navigate around that in the sewing machine and it was especially important to add along the entire collar since that’s pretty visible whenever you pop open the jacket and That front opening of the collar that was completely raw get yourself a zipper that you love I thought a plain zipper would make this look more sleeping bag like so I did go with an accent zipper Look at this yellow satin. It is so niiice It’s double zip so it can open from the top and from the bottom. It slides real smooth These are all the things that I look for in a good zipper I wanted a little bit of the zipper to show at the top but for the rest to be Completely hidden in the flap of the coat and so I pinned it to the coat with the teeth Starting at the very top and just going all the way down as far as it could go I sewed that to the parka with a straight stitch using a yellow thread that would help it blend in after that. I Unzipped the whole thing flipped it open and then pinned the other half of the zipper to the other half of the jacket Just trying to make sure that top and bottom lined up so that I didn’t create any weird irregularities along the parka This stitch will be visible from outside so I made sure that the Bobbin or bottom thread was black and that way would not look out of place on the front And then for the top thread I used yellow so that would blend in with the zipper these extra pieces of zipper along the top did not look very professional so my plan to tuck them away was that I got in with a seam ripper and Opened up that top seam just enough so I could squeeze the zipper into that flap and then hand sew it shut It’s all nice and flush now and totally hidden away. I think this was a really good choice and Lastly I did not forget about that zippered mesh bag This is definitely a prime place to keep valuables on the inside of the parka I wrapped the two sides and the bottom edge of the zippered bag With the maroon ribbon and then I sewed it to the inside of the jacket Just by pinching a little bit of the plaid fabric so that this seam would not show on the outside Okay, I’m about to show how it all looked in the end. I’m so excited, but I want to give a quick Sustainabili(blub)ity report so that you can give accurate feedback from what I did. The zipper and the ribbon those came from the fabric room Which is a store here in Toronto that Toronto that sells Materials left over from a Canadian label. That’s no longer in business So they’re just existing as a store until all the amazing and beautiful inventory they have is done It’s pretty affordable. Really pretty I can’t believe I only recently found out about it If you’re in Toronto Please do check it out this sleeping bag and the pants that I’m going to be wearing with them are both secondhand the pants I got through bunz, which you may have also noticed is a sponsor of this video. Thank you bunz! It’s an online trading app That’s all about community, sustainability, self expression… you post stuff that you have you search for stuff other people have, and you can trade I’ve been an avid bunz user for years, and when I told them that I had this idea for like a parka from a sleeping bag They were like, can we please work on it together to co-support this message of sustainability? So if you’re from Toronto, you’re like girl, we already know but if you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s free It’s an online app that you download you can see different items that are being traded in your neighborhood When I was looking for these pants I searched for the word Pants. These are the pants that come up now, but what I did was I picked a pair of pants that I was interested I Clicked make offer and then I just messaged the person of those pants and see what they want to trade for it More recently things have gotten even more interesting here because they do have a digital currency called BTZ and I used that to shop local and I got a pair of socks to wear with this outfit. Here is the footage for how it looked Hello! Here’s your pants! Thank you! You’re Welcome. I hope that was enough footage for you because now I need to go inside If you’re from Toronto and you want to come see what I have available for trade You can look me up. My username is @WithWendy and if you want more photos of the parka stay tuned I’ll put those on my Instagram. Yeah @withwendy as well and finally If you make any of my DIYs as usual do use the hashtag #madewithwendy so that I can find it I really love going through all your photos and it just makes me so happy to see you all making stuff Thank you for watching. Thanks for subscribing If you did check the links that I have in the description if you need more details, and I will see you next time

100 thoughts on “Make a jacket from a sleeping bag! (feat. BUNZ)

  1. Loved this project – you are my sustainability hero. Two questions: 1) was the coat warm in your polar-vortex-winter-air; and 2) what was your actual cash outlay for this entire project. I know you purchased the grosgrain and zipper from a 'remainders' store, but I'm still curious as to how cheaply this could be done. Cheers!

  2. Gosh you are amazing. I love it. love how you showed what went wrong and how you corrected it. Found you from wearetothe9s.

  3. idk why but i can imagine her as the kind neighbourhood grandma that takes a walk every morning and sews clothes in the afternoon 50 years later

  4. That looks way cuter than I thought it would. Good job girl. I have to admit I will never be doing that. I think I would need more industrial machine.

  5. I am so inspired!!!!! I have been craving a quilted jacket/robe and I was very confused on how I take an already made quilt and sew it into a jacket. This tutorial really helped put the pieces together ❤️.

  6. This is the coolest DIY idea I've seen in a long time. It's official, Wendy is a sewing god 😛 This has me wanting to turn my old sleeping bag with a lightning bolt on it from childhood into a new coat, I just don't think my machine could handle it 🙁 How doable is it with a standard (and not super powerful) sewing machine?

  7. Show us the “ugly” parts its not like we are gonna be mean because of that “ugly” single shot… i mean im just saying I wanna see the whole thing cause thats how i learn

  8. I really wish I could understand what you’re saying to do in your videos. I’ve been following for a long time but I always get so confused. 😂 you’re amazing Wendy!

  9. We're throwing around the word "sustainability" a lot here and the word is getting pretty far out from its intended meaning. The number 1 most sustainable use of a second hand sleeping bag is just to keep using it as a sleeping bag. This is certainly more convenient for a DIY-er to make a parka from, but when you consider the waste it produces and the working condition it was already in, it's not really a huge sustainability win (even if it's from second hand retailers). Don't get me wrong, this is a cool project and I'm really glad you did it. I'm glad you learned everything you did and that you've shared the process in such a great video!

    I'd love to see more projects that address the idea of sustainability by demonstrating how repairs to non-clothing textile products can be done.

  10. This turned out amazing. If you were your pjs underneath you could technically could say you never left your bed 😉

  11. Just came across your video and loved it could you do one on how to use a sewing machine I bought one but find hard to work

  12. Some people wont sew because they hate seam ripping so much. That is where experience and patience comes in. Good job.

  13. I liked the "wrong side" plaid with the seamedges unfinished too… well, let me finish watching your great idea come through 🌝 nice.
    I enjoy watching Wendy and of course, thank you for sharing.

  14. I would gladly come to your house to seam rip everything. Always had to do it for my mom as a child because she couldn't see it that well and got really good at it over the years and grew to like it.
    I also always had to thread the needle for her so I can now also do that extremely well and always get it on the first try. 😅
    Like the idea of using an old sleeping bag as a jacket, I want to make a bed for my cats out of an old one we have. It is ripped in a way where it can't really be fixed but we have enough fabric to sew a cat bed out of it and especially our youngest boy already loves it as it is so it would work great.

  15. It's so cold and because I couldn't afford to buy a new parka i thought about turning my sleeping bag to a one, but, I don't know how to sew 😢

  16. For ripping seams, you can pull the seam apart and use small scissors to clip the threads. Makes the actual separation MUCH faster than using those cute little seam rippers. A seam ripper is useful for initially opening the stitch though, so don't throw it out just yet 🙂

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