How to make a rain skirt (step by step) – DIY Gear Tips

Rain skirts are a quick and easy way to keep your shorts dry while hiking in the rain. Far more breathable and at a fraction of the weight of rain pants, they are my go to rain gear for much of the hiking season. Though there are a few places that sell rain skirts, they still aren’t quite mainstream yet and prices are not cheap. This means that you’ve got two options: buy an expensive rain skirt from one of the few vendors, or make your own!


Before I get to the video, I’ll run through exactly what you need. In addition, I’ll put up some links to places I recommend getting the materials from.


What you’ll need:

  • Silnylon – I prefer a 1.1 oz silnylon, and has some great options. You’ll need about a yard. The color used in this video is Olive Yellow.
  • Velcro – You’ll need 6″ of velcro to secure the skirt around your waist. Union tape and omnitape are great options too. Check out this cheap option on amazon that will leave you with plenty of velcro for future projects:
  • Shock Cord – I prefer a lightweight 3/32″ dimeter shock cord. Check out this 1/16″ option from RBTR:
  • Cord locks – You’ll need a lightweight cord lock to secure your shock cord and adjust tension on the skirt. Check these out:
  • Thread – 100% polyester thread is a must. RBTR has you covered again… and with certain order sizes, they’ll throw in a free spool of your choice!
  • Soft Tape Measure – In order to size out your skirt, you’ll need to take some measurements either on yourself or on the intended skirt wearer. This is what I use:
  • Optional: Grosgrain ribbon – if you want to add tie-out points to the corners of your skirt, 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon is the way to go. I don’t show how to do this in this video, however it is very simple. This is the best source I’ve found for 3/8″ grosgrain:


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4 Replies to “How to make a rain skirt (step by step) – DIY Gear Tips”

  1. I ve been on the fence about the rain skirt for a while, and now that I read about how it s easier to hand someone a skirt than to listen to them gripe about making their own I am sufficiently shamed.

  2. I ll write about other pieces I use in other posts, but for today, I d like to focus on my homemade Tyvek rain kilt, and offer some instructions if you d like to make one for yourself.

  3. Thank you so much for putting this video together! Seeing the steps made me go, “Yah! I can sew nylon!” (Must admit working with slick fabric made me doubt if a novice could sew it. It was difficult but doable.)

    By following your pattern I made myself a rain skirt. I’m happy with how it turned out and I’m eager for it to rain!

    My motive was to lighten my base weight, in hopes to beat my boyfriend’s base weight. But he liked my rain skirt so much he also made one! He used lighter fabric than mine so his kilt is lighter. Oh well. Thanks again!

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