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  1. MitasTouch's Avatar
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    Sep 3, 2012, 11:16 AM - DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #1

    This is my BTTF 2 jacket that I made from a few simple materials. But even though the materials were simple does not mean it was simple to piece together. Far from that. Anyway, here is the entire project.

    First came the red mats. This was the hardest and most aggravating part.



    Then the pockets. I couldn't find any dark grey foam, so I had to go with black.



    When you wear the jacket it goes to the right shape. It looks weird when you set it down. Also the color is lighter and matches the color from the movie almost perfectly.



    Then came the electronics. I just used cheap recordable greeting card sound chips. I don't have any pictures of the full assembly of the sound chips with the piece of the belt attached to it, but I do have a video.
    Back to the Future Jacket - YouTube
    I installed the speakers on the inside of the jacket and I had to cut a hole through the jacket for the button and wire to run through.

    I also had to cut a slit on the bottom for the second button to fit through so it can be raised up enough.

    And this is me wearing the jacket along with the hat.
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    Sep 3, 2012, 11:20 AM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #2

    That looks awesome! Great job!
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    Sep 3, 2012, 11:21 AM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #3

    The belt at cuffs are just two layers of foam cut and hot glued to the jacket.
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    Sep 3, 2012, 11:21 AM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #4

    chicoperdido815 said: View Post
    That looks awesome! Great job!
    Thank you. I worked really hard on it.
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    Sep 3, 2012, 11:41 AM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #5

    Seriously, this is great. I am going to try this. Thanks!
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    Sep 3, 2012, 12:28 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #6

    Arghhhh my god where have you found the red fabric, please, please, please ???????
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    Sep 3, 2012, 12:38 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #7

    reididtenroc said: View Post
    Arghhhh my god where have you found the red fabric, please, please, please ???????
    It's the drawer liner material you get at Walmart, Target, Home Depot. It's not the same as the move but for a budget build it works perfectly.
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    Sep 3, 2012, 12:40 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #8

    Thanks, but i'm French have you a solution to buy this kind of material over internet, eventualy ?
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    Sep 3, 2012, 1:06 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #9

    Jedifyfe said: View Post
    Seriously, this is great. I am going to try this. Thanks!
    Really? Thanks! That means a lot from one of the best Back to the Future prop builders on this site.
    Last edited by MitasTouch; Sep 3, 2012 at 1:28 PM.
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    Sep 3, 2012, 1:17 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #10

    reididtenroc said: View Post
    Thanks, but i'm French have you a solution to buy this kind of material over internet, eventualy ?
    Search this and see if you can order some from where you live.

    Non Slip Multi Purpose Shelf Drawer Cupboard Liner
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    Sep 3, 2012, 3:26 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #11

    MitasTouch said: View Post
    Really? Thanks! That means a lot from one of the best Back to the Future prop builders on this site.
    Thanks man. I am at Walmart right now buying the mat material to make my own jacket. Thanks again for the tutorial.
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    Sep 3, 2012, 4:03 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #12

    Mitas this is really awesome! I wanna make my own jacket now haha
    Last edited by redsilver; Sep 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM.
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    Sep 3, 2012, 4:09 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #13

    If someone finds some dark grey foam that matches the jacket color on the internet could you link me to it? I'm going to start making jackets for sale and I need the right color because I ended up using black because I just could not find the right color.
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    Sep 3, 2012, 4:10 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #14

    redsilver said: View Post
    Mitas this is really awesome! I wanna make make my own jacket now haha
    Thank you. I'm very proud of it.
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    Sep 3, 2012, 4:45 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #15

    What kind of glue did you use?
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    Sep 3, 2012, 4:55 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #16

    Jedifyfe said: View Post
    What kind of glue did you use?
    Hot glue lol. I think it works best because it hold really well, but it's also easy to fix if you mess up. To attach the red mats I just glued down all the edges. You don't need to do it all over.
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    Sep 3, 2012, 9:03 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #17

    I didn't get in on the run so, I also went ahead and bought one of these jackets off walmart.com. I think this is an awesome creative alternative. I'll be keeping an eye on this for more ideas on some DIY for a great 2015 jacket.
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    Sep 3, 2012, 9:10 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #18

    Fluxcapacitor said: View Post
    I didn't get in on the run so, I also went ahead and bought one of these jackets off walmart.com. I think this is an awesome creative alternative. I'll be keeping an eye on this for more ideas on some DIY for a great 2015 jacket.
    The other alternative is that really expensive jacket on ebay. I think mine is more accurate even without actual accordion arms. Good luck on you jacket and feel free to ask me any questions. I'd be happy to answer them.
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    Sep 3, 2012, 9:24 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #19

    That's awesome! Might have to give it a go myself. I've always wanted this jacket but never could justify the price.

    For a budget build this is a really good job.
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    Sep 3, 2012, 9:31 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #20

    Orange_Blend said: View Post
    That's awesome! Might have to give it a go myself. I've always wanted this jacket but never could justify the price.

    For a budget build this is a really good job.
    I do have a run of these coming up. If a person decides not to go ahead and buy one I can give you a heads up if you want. Stop by on my interest thread to get more info.
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    Sep 3, 2012, 10:27 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #21

    Looks really cool

    Is there a possibility to stitch the mat to the jacket as opposed to using glue? The glue is a bit of an eyesore. Stitching the edges could give it a clean finished look.

    Maybe I will give this a try myself doing the sewing method.

    Great idea and tutorial. Thanks for posting it up
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    Sep 3, 2012, 10:34 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #22

    Moviefreak said: View Post
    Looks really cool

    Is there a possibility to stitch the mat to the jacket as opposed to using glue? The glue is a bit of an eyesore. Stitching the edges could give it a clean finished look.

    Maybe I will give this a try myself doing the sewing method.

    Great idea and tutorial. Thanks for posting it up
    If I recall the material it's VERY difficult to stitch because it falls apart. Wouldn't be impossible though. Perhaps a heavy coat of spray adhesive?
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    Sep 3, 2012, 10:48 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #23

    Orange_Blend said: View Post
    If I recall the material it's VERY difficult to stitch because it falls apart. Wouldn't be impossible though. Perhaps a heavy coat of spray adhesive?
    Spray glue does not work. Trust me, I've tried it.
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    Sep 3, 2012, 11:00 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #24

    Looks great!

    You could try spray painting some test material ( in acrylic maybe? )
    to get the grey your looking for. Or use the felt material for the
    right color.
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    Sep 3, 2012, 11:15 PM - Re: DIY Back to the Future 2 Jacket #25

    jasonw2112 said: View Post
    Looks great!

    You could try spray painting some test material ( in acrylic maybe? )
    to get the grey your looking for. Or use the felt material for the
    right color.
    I have seem a dyed gray suede. It has a great look.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHARCOAL-GRA...9#ht_500wt_922

    You could attach it to the black foam on each side to make it thicker.
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