How to sew a rain cover from polyethylene with your own hands

A raincoat is an indispensable thing in changing weather. Its value in compactness and reliability. While rainfall is only expected in the weather forecast, the raincoat will be in your bag or backpack without taking up much space.

However, with the first drops, a raincoat can be obtained. It will keep your clothes dry, protect not only from moisture, but also from the wind. In this case, such a thing is even more reliable than an umbrella, which is not easy to hold in hands with gusts of wind.

It’s good when every family member has his own capes. They do not have to be bought, because you can make such a cloak yourself. We will tell you how to sew a raincoat with your own hands.

Materials and tools for work

Since we will do a functional and practical thing, it is important to use a material that does not allow water to pass through. The easiest way to do the job is from polyethylene.

We will prepare the following for work.

  • Polyethylene - 2 m.
  • Slanting inlay for processing.
  • Double-sided plastic fasteners and transparent buttons.
  • Centimeter tape, ruler.
  • Felt-tip pen or ballpoint (gel) pen.
  • Scissors.
  • Sewing machine.

How to sew a raincoat on your own

Traditionally, raincoats sew in the form of a kimono or poncho . A mandatory element of the cape is the hood. Consider both options.

Kimono raincoat

Kimono style is convenient feature of its cut.

Help The sleeve of such models is not cut separately, but is one-piece.

This means that the number of connecting seams is reduced and the whole process is simplified.


  • Cut a rectangle from polyethylene . Its dimensions - 1.8 m - long, 1.5 m - wide.
  • Fold it in half in width, we get 1.8 m by 0.75 m.
  • Now we turn it in length . As a result, our rectangle acquired dimensions of 0.9 m by 0.75 m. This is half of the front part and back of the cloak with a fold.
  • We measure 40 cm along the lower edge of the bend and draw a 40 cm segment upwards parallel to the bend. We put an end to it.
  • From the upper corner opposite the bend, measure 30 cm . From this point we measure 25 cm at a right angle and put the second point .
  • Connect the points with a concave line, outline the side and sleeve .
  • We make a semicircle for the neck and cut out the details .
  • We got the front and back of the raincoat. For ease of use, divide the front of the left and right shelves.
  • We fold the side of the back and one of the shelves, cover with an oblique trim and sew .
  • Do the same with the second side seam.


  • From the residues of polyethylene we cut 2 squares with a side of 0.4 m .
  • We make the upper corners semicircular .
  • We concentrate the right and left parts of the hood using a slanting trim.
  • We also attach the bottom of the part to the neck .
  • We process with the edge of the shelves and the bottom of the cape.
  • We sew fasteners.

Tip: to keep the plastic fasteners better, sew transparent buttons to them from the inside out.

Your rain cover is ready!

Poncho raincoat

A characteristic detail of the poncho is the lack of sleeves. The cape closes immediately both the body and arms. Sewing it is even easier.

  • Cut 2 squares, their diagonal will become the length of your raincoat.
  • We put the squares on top of each other, make a neckline at one of the corners .
  • Just like for a kimono, make a hood,

In this form, the poncho must be worn over the head. But it is better to make shelves and a fastener . For her, you can also use a zipper of a suitable length.

We cut all the details, we process the slices with the help of a beika. The work is done.

As you can see, the work on the manufacture of a raincoat does not require any special material or time expenditures. But you will feel the benefit of the completed product more than once! The acquired skill will help you out when you again find that the old cloak has become small for the child.

Even in this case, rainfall will not take you by surprise, because you will always have a do-it-yourself raincoat with you.