Fly a Kite Raincoat Tutorial

Posted by jessicaG on Monday, May 21st, 2012

MeSewCrazy RainCoat Title Image
When I first saw the Fly a Kite fabric by October Afternoon for Riley Blake Designs, it was love at first site.  And then I saw it came in laminate, and I just about keeled over!  I couldn't believe I was seeing this adorable fabric, I had to get my hands on it as fast as possible.


I happen to love working with laminates.  I think these incredible fabrics are so versatile, having the ability to be used for so many things.  And the quality of Riley Blake's laminates are divine.  My daughter simply needed to have a new raincoat made from this fantastic fabric line!

Making a raincoat isn't much different from making any other jacket - the key is of course to use a waterproof fabric.  And these cotton laminates are perfect for the project.  


Let me show you how to make this simple A-Line shaped jacket with front pockets and hood... 

Materials Needed:
  • 1.5 yards of laminate cotton (Exterior)
  • 1.5 yards of regular cotton (Lining)
  • Buttons
  • A Shirt that fits well for pattern piece sizing
  • A sweatshirt with hood for hood pattern sizing
  • Basic sewing essentials

Let's Get Started:

Using a shirt that fits well, cut around for pattern pieces.  Arc out the sides to your desired bottom length, and add an additional 1.5" for seam allowance around side edges.  (We want the jacket to be nice and roomy).  Cut with your fabric on the fold, this will give you your back pattern piece.
Tute1 (PNG)

Repeat the pattern piece, cutting another one for your front jacket.  Cut down the giving you right and left front sides.  Also, be sure to alter your front neckline - similar to that of the T Shirt.
Tute2 (PNG)

To cut your button plackets, simply cut them the same length as your front pattern pieces.  You can make yours wider if you choose, but I like 2.5".

The pockets are of course optional,  but I think they always add a nice touch to any jacket.  What kid doesn't want a place they can put their beloved stuffed animal?!!

To cut the sleeves, simply follow your T Shirt pattern.  I like to add extra length at the hem so that I can make a large cuff with the lining fabric to add contrast.  This is optional.

Cut 2 hood pattern pieces, using an old sweatshirt as a reference...


Cut out all of your lining pieces, using your external fabric pieces as your guide. 

For your pocket lining pieces, you will want to add an additional 1.5" to the top of your lining piece.  See below:

Starting with your pocket lining pieces...

As you will be sewing directly on top of your cotton lining piece, you will not need to worry about the stickiness factor laminates can sometimes have with your sewing machine...

Now take your pocket and baste around the edges, securing the lining and exterior together.


Now working with the button plackets (No need to interface them when working with laminates)...

Repeat for lining, minus the pockets...

Now we will start to assemble your front and back of jacket together...

Pin the top of your sleeve arc to your armhole opening on the side of the jacket...

Repeat for your other sleeve, and you should now have this:

Set aside for now so we can assemble the hood...

It helps for this next step to use the middle hood seam, and center it to the back jacket piece.  Then pin out around the sides...

Repeat all the above steps for assembling your jacket piece for the lining...

Now we are going to sew the exterior and the lining pieces together, but we are doing it a little differently.  The way I describe will allow for us to have absolutely PERFECT sleeve seems.  

With the lining and exterior right sides together, pin and sew along the front edge (hood & button placket).  Do not sew any further along bottom edge yet.

Also pin and sew the bottom sleeve hems together.

Once you turn right side out, you will have something that looks like this...

Now we will be sewing the sides together and the sleeve bottom together.  Put your hand inside the jacket and place the exterior sides right side together - from the bottom edge all the way to the sleeve hem.  Keep going in one long loop, keeping the lining fabric right sides together and pinning until you get to the other end - which will be the bottom of the lining sides.  

I know it sounds and looks weird, but it works!  Pin and sew.
The key is to just be sure you are placing the right sides of the front exterior jacket piece together first, and then keep pinning along the same edge from there until you get to the other side.

Repeat for the other side of the coat with this weird technique, and you will have perfect sleeve hems now.

You will need to stick your arm inside the jacket and pull out the sleeve...

Edge stitch around all jacket sides.  I like to edge stitch with the lining up, so I don't have to worry about laminate stickiness to the machine.  If you don't trust your bobbin stitches, you may want to try adding a piece of scotch tape to the bottom of your sewing machine foot - this might help the laminate run through smoother.

We are almost finished...yeah!

You can hem the bottom of the coat any way you like.  I chose to roll up the lining fabric towards the outside, this way when I stitched down - I was once again sewing on the cotton fabric - which is easier when working with this kind of fabric.  I love the contrasting it adds to the coat!

You can of course add any button closures you would like, I wanted to use fun fabric loops.  

To make, first cut some rectangle pieces of fabric.  

Fold fabric in half and sew along outer edge...

Turn fabric right side out using a safety pin or fabric turner.

To make the loop simply...



To attach the fabric loops to the jacket's button placket simply...

Once you have the fabric loops attached, simply sew on the buttons to the other side...

And you are finished!  A super cute raincoat for your little one.  

If you added extra length to the sleeves like I did, this will be sure to fit for years to come...


The umbrella in this picture was actually my Great Grandmother's, she used it as a teenager and it is more than 70 years old now!  I loved using it for this photo shoot, seeing my daughter holding it and knowing that her new handmade coat would be kept for her as a keepsake along with this umbrella.  

Riley Blake fabrics are made with such fabulous quality, I simply adore working with them.  They stand the test of time as well as this umbrella has.  

Thank you so much for having me as your Course Instructor, and I do hope you will stop by my site at Me Sew Crazy and say 'hi' sometime.

Happy Sewing!

Category: Apparel


  1. This is simply divine and so clever! I'm thinking I'll be trying this for my 3 year old boy soon! And I love the umbrella too - they don't make them quite the same today! Thanks for a great tutorial.
    by Louise Ambrosi
    May 21st, 2012 at 3:15 a.m.
  2. As a me sew crazy follower, I always love the simplicity of your tutorials. Riley Blake fabrics are always gorgeous and versatile..Thank you for another great tutorial..I am a beginner sewer, NEED pictures, and love sew-alongs!!
    by Karen
    May 22nd, 2012 at 11:11 a.m.
  3. Amazing coat!!! I totally want one for myself and one for my daughter!! Fantastic tutorial!!
    by Emily
    May 22nd, 2012 at 5:39 p.m.
  4. The rain coat looks gorgeous! Thank you for the tutorial.
    by Claudia
    May 23rd, 2012 at 2:58 a.m.
  5. Great Coat! I want one for myself!
    by Christina G
    May 23rd, 2012 at 7:56 a.m.
  6. I love it! Thanks for posting such detailed directions. My daughter just happens to need a new raincoat and this will be perfect - Thanks!
    by sarah
    May 23rd, 2012 at 8:42 a.m.
  7. This is so cute, Jessica! You did amazing job!
    by Rea Rose Home
    May 23rd, 2012 at 5:08 p.m.
  8. So, so cute. I have never sewn this type of fabric so seeing your success gives me hope! Thank you for the great tut.
    by Karee
    May 23rd, 2012 at 10:15 p.m.
  9. Thank you, thank you. I have got to make on for my granddaughter and great neice. They are going to love it. Your amazing!
    by Wanda
    May 24th, 2012 at 5:08 a.m.
  10. This is my kind of sewing! I absolutely hate patterns! This is all good and my daughter needs a raincoat. I'm thinking my son does as well, but we just won't tell him it's a dress he's trying on for size! jody
    by Jody Denny
    May 24th, 2012 at 5:32 a.m.
  11. This is a cute project. Thanks!
    by MarciaW
    May 30th, 2012 at 2:03 p.m.
  12. Thankyou for a fabulous tutorial for this gorgeous raincoat! I look forward to making one for each of my grandaughters!
    by Fiona Jenkins
    June 06th, 2012 at 5:57 a.m.
  13. I just ordered my fabric! Can't wait to try this!!! Thanks for the beautiful pictures!
    by RaeAnna
    June 17th, 2012 at 11:20 p.m.
  14. Awesome Tutorial! Thanks for sharing.
    by Patricia
    July 13th, 2012 at 3:28 a.m.
  15. This looks aamzing! I really want to make one for me (a semi-grown-up!). Can anyone advise me on how to work out what quantities of fabric to order for an adult? Thanks!
    by Chloe
    September 25th, 2012 at 2:07 p.m.
  16. Just made one and am half done the second for my twin boys, they woke from naps before I could complete the second! I didn't line them, because our wet season coincides heat waves here and it's just started. Myself made pattern made them probably a size bigger, maybe a size 2 while they wear size 1 but they will get lots of wear! Now to get some gumboots :) thank you!
    by Mummylala
    November 18th, 2012 at 8:54 p.m.
  17. I just made one of these!!!!! Thank you so much Jessica and thank you to Riley Blake designs for encouraging her to make this fantastic tutorial!! I blogged about my coat here:
    January 20th, 2013 at 10:54 a.m.
  18. Do you sell a pattern for this?
    by teara
    January 05th, 2014 at 9:05 a.m.
  19. Wow, this tutorial is great and it makes it look so easy. I just rediscovered sewing and also like pictures to help me through it. ;-) Thank you so much for posting it! I will try this as soon as I got some material for it.
    by Carmen
    March 01st, 2014 at 12:54 a.m.
  20. Great tutorial very clear and concise easy enough for a novice like me to follow. Made this this weekend absolutely gorgeous. Thank you so much.
    by Alicia
    March 27th, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.
  21. You can also make it a warm coat by using wool on the outside, and cut three layers, wool, cotton inside coat lining and use a thermal facing in between the layers.
    by Grannie Annie
    August 04th, 2014 at 11:58 a.m.
  22. The rain doesn't leak in through the seams?
    by Tiffany
    December 26th, 2014 at 9:25 p.m.

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