The coat is deliberately simple, almost all straight seams so it’s easy to sew. It’s sized to fit not all, but a lot. It’s held closed with a minimum number of ties. Recommended: fleece, old felted blankets, tarps, so no seam finishing. The front laps almost double and the inside back has pockets for belongings or insulation (newspapers). The back of the bottom has a flap that can flip up over the fronts to make a bag that keeps the feet warm.
A coat can be made from a blanket at least 8′ x 10′ (2.4 x 3 meters) or 4 1/2 yards of fabric 60″ wide (4.1 meters 152 cm wide).
How to participate:
Download the instructions for drafting the pattern and making the coat.
Make as many coat-bags as you have the time and dollars for.
Funnel them through your local charitable associations so that your efforts go to your community’s area(s) of greatest need.
Get your friends and sewing groups together to make these.
Check with local used clothing (for old blankets) and fabric stores for donations.
From Kimball & Phillips, LLC. I copied (with Ruth’s permission) the concept of the pockets for newspaper insulation from an award winning coat by Ruth Ciemnoczolowski, featured in Threads magazine, issue #154. Thanks also to Kathleen Fasanella, Ann Vong (who created the final pattern), Jasonda Desmond and many who commented on the Fashion-Incubator website and Forum.