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Kids Firefighter Jacket

By Vixenmade
Like any boy, mine are infatuated with firefighters.  And firefighter trucks, sirens, gear, etc.

It was time they had some firefighter jackets to wear for pretend play.  I didn't have a pattern (not like that'll stop me), but I had made a kids 'jacket' before with the doctor's coat tutorial, so I figured I'd wing it.
And because I love to share my how to's with you.. here's this tutorial!

Kids Firefighter Jacket

What you'll need:
red cotton blend fabric (anything from a broadcloth to a canvas material)
black & silver duct tape
black buttons
thin elastic 
felt pieces
embroidery thread
coordinating thread
existing sweater/jacket to use as pattern

Kids Firefighter Jacket
Lay your fabric out and fold over.  Fold your existing sweater in half and lay over top of your fabric.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Use a fabric marker or sharpie to trace over your sweater as a pattern.  Add extra so that your jacket is loose.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Cut it out and do it again, these are your front pieces.  Then lay one of the pieces over a folded portion of your red fabric.  Line it up with the fold.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Trace and pin the layers together before cutting it out.  This is your back piece.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
For the sleeves, fold the fabric in half again and lay your sweater sleeve down like this, the top in line with your fold.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Remember to add a little to keep the jacket a little loose on your child.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Cut it out and trace another piece for the other sleeve.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
You should now have two sleeve pieces.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Lay the two front pieces over the back piece, like so.  Pin together.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Sew the shoulder portions together using 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Open up the jacket.  Then open up your sleeve pieces and pin onto your arm holes.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Sew each sleeve on, then serge or use a zigzag stitch to prevent your seams from fraying.Your jacket should look like this.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Kids Firefighter Jacket
While jacket is inside out pin along the sides of your jacket and sleeves.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Sew them closed, then serge the edges.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Now you can serge/zigzag stitch the rest of your edges.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Kids Firefighter Jacket
To create a collar, open up your jacket and lay the neck portion over your fabric.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Trace the line, adding 1/2 inch.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Add a 2 to 3 inch line extending from each end of the line your just traced.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Then connect the ends with a line across the top, like this.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Cut out two of these pieces.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Pin together and sew around the outer edges, leaving the curved bottom end open.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Clip the corners of your collar.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Flip it right side out, poking out the points of your collar.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Press the seams with your iron.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Then pin the open end of your collar piece to the neck of your jacket.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Sew along that edge.  Then serge.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Now fold under and press the bottom and opening of your jacket.  Pin in place.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Do the same with your sleeve hems.  Sew all your hems.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
 Now you can add the black duct tape.  Measure and mark where you want your middle stripe to be, then apply the tape all around your jacket.  Being sure to flatten your fabric as you go to prevent folds or wrinkles.  
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Using a ruler can help ensure you are applying the tape straight.  As for the ends, just fold the tape under your hem.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Then do the same for your bottom stripe.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Now you can do the silver strip.  Take the duct tape, and using an exacto knife, cut along the middle of the tape all the way around.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Then you can start applying it overtop of the black.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Continue on doing both stripes on your jacket.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Get your thin elastic and your buttons.  (If you want to be more authentic, purchase toggle buttons instead).
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Cut your elastic to be about 3 inches long.  Mark where you want your buttons and elastic on each side.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Sew your buttons on using coordinating embroidery thread.  I find the thicker thread keeps the buttons on longer (especially because these are for boys dress up!).
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Next cut 3 squares of felt.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Loop each elastic at your marking and pin the felt piece over the elastic ends.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Sew around each felt square, going back and forth over the elastic portion.If you have to sew over the duct taped areas, use vaseline to coat your sewing needle, otherwise the needle tends to get sticky and will not sew properly.
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Kids Firefighter Jacket
You are finally done!
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Kids Firefighter Jacket
I have twin boys that are nearly 3.. they don't particularly like to share.  So it was only fair that I created two, one for each of them!
Kids Firefighter Jacket
I hope they like them... these are going under the tree for Christmas!
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Kids Firefighter Jacket
Kids Firefighter Jacket

Have fun and thanks for stopping by!!

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