I love a good DIY kimono. It seems to instantly dress up a pair of jeans and a basic t-shirt effortlessly. They add a bit of drama to any look, create a lightweight layer as seasons change, and give a nod to the 70’s look we all love right now.
So, here’s a super-simple tutorial to create a DIY kimono in under an hour with a little bit of fabric, some fringe, and a basic sewing machine.
- 1 1/2 yards of floral cotton fabric
- Matching Thread
- Beveled Ruler
- Sewing Shears – I use these ones and they are on sale right now!
- Sew-on fringe (optional)
Fold your fabric in half and cut two 11″ x 26″ pieces so when your “hot dog” fabric piece is opened, you’ll have two 22 x 26 inch pieces. These will be large sleeves, so you can cut the length to whatever you like after it’s assembled.
With the remaining large piece of fabric, fold the two outside edges in with right sides together (meaning the print you want on the outside is facing each other) and a 5″ gap in the center. This will accommodate your neck.
From the outside fold, cut a straight line parallel to the front of your kimono 11″ down.
Open the fabric. You will now have a 22″ line that fits your sleeve.
Sew the sleeve in. You’ll be able to sew the entire kimono in two lines. Sew the rectangle into the cut sleeve space and then sew the sleeve shut and the shoulders closed with one line
I used my serger to attach the pattern pieces since I love how fast it finishes the edges, but a regular sewing machine will work great too.
Flip the kimono right side out. Add fringe or wear alone. Tada!
I love how the fringe adds a more polished, bohemian vibe.
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