DIY Backpack Rain Cover FREE Tutorial

Backpack Rain Cover FREE Tutorial

These backpack rain covers from umbrellas are really easy to make because the umbrella fabric is already the right size and shape for covering a backpack, plus it’s super lightweight and obviously waterproof. They’re perfect for kids going to school, but also for students going to university, professionals going to work, or anyone out for a walk!

Are you ready to make a DIY backpack rain cover? Then let’s get started!


  • the fabric from one umbrella.
  • a small scrap of umbrella fabric
  • about 40″ (100 cm) more or less of 1/8″ (4 mm) elastic
  • jar cap
  • fine permanent marker or pen
  • fabric shears
  • pinking shears
  • pins (preferably very thin silk pins to avoid leaving holes in the fabric)
  • size 70/10 universal sewing needle (again, the small needle minimizes holes)
  • tape measure
  • safety pin
  • matching polyester thread (poly thread doesn’t soak in moisture like cotton thread, so it's preferable in this case)

You might want to check this Sun and Rain Hat Pattern, too!

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