DIY Fringed Kimono

diy fringe kimono

You know how I said that I don’t wear scarves? Well, I suppose I do now! We spoke last week about the things in life that we want to like, but just can’t and I confessed that although I continue buying scarves, I just never ever wear them.  This particular scarf is one of my favorites.  I wanted to look all ‘Bohemian Erin’ in it, but instead it just looked forced.  That is clearly until I had the idea to turn it into this fringed sleeve kimono.

I actually have had this idea wandering around in the back of my brain for at least 10 months.  I saw a gorgeous silk fringed kimono at an art show last September and after seeing the $300 price tag, I thought there had to be a better solution for me.  And now, I’m happy as pie that I waited to create this.

diy fringed cardigan
make a scarf into a kimono
diy fringed kaftan

You know I hate sewing, right?  Like, I despise sewing. I still have a tiny little sewing machine from high school and have banned anyone from getting me a new machine just so that I have a better reason to avoid it completely. Only once in a blue moon is there something I want to make badly enough to break out the machine and this was one of those moments.

You don’t have to have a machine, however, to make this kimono.  In total, there are two very straight stitches and a bit of seam tape (like stitch witchery) which fuses seams together with just an iron. If you want to go the extra mile and add fringe, you can do so by hand, and it wouldn’t take you that long at all!

But, if you do have a machine, and do want to speed things along, this project will take you all of 30 minutes, so I know you can make one! Here is how I did it! 

Kimono DIY tutorial

diy kimono finishing

After you cut the lancet shaped line (only on the front of your ‘kimono’), you’ll use fusing tape (like shown above) to finish the front opening and neck hole.  This creates a bit of a firmer edge than stitching alone, and I avoid sewing in a curved line!  If you’re comfortable sewing, but all means, sew the front opening edges back into a hem if you’d like.

You certainly don’t have to use a trim around the sleeves and bottom, but isn’t the fringe just so much FUN?  Actually, if you use a scarf that already has long fringe, you can just reuse the scraps from the portions you cut to sew onto the sleeves!
extra credit - fringe

diy kimono from a scarf3

I have literally worn this since I shot these photos. I think I’ll also wear it again today. Not Kidding. I’m headed to the zoo with my nephew, Ryland, so I think it will be a nice tribal-cool look for the new pachyderm exhibit.  If I was the kind of person to type lol, I’d do it now.

You are going to love transforming your scarves into this long, chic kimono.  If this isn’t totally your style for everyday wear – you should make it into a swim cover up!  You see?  It’s perfect for all.  Now, no excuses and let’s get to creating!



p.s.  When Matt saw the last photo he said, “slow down for style” in a real creepy voice.  I had to share that bit.

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