How to Make a Summery DIY Kimono From Scratch

by Gulsen
10 Materials
2 Hours

You can never go wrong with a DIY kimono. A kimono wrap is one of the most versatile clothing you’ll make. It will take you through every season and to any location. You will always look super chic by the pool, in the city, or at the club.

If you wanted to learn how to make a kimono from scratch or how to sew a kimono, this tutorial is for you. Let me show you how to make a kimono so you can wear it today!

Tools and materials:

  • 2-3 yards of fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Pins
  • Serger
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Your own t-shirt as a template
  • Pen & paper to record your measurements
  • Iron
Sketch of the DIY kimono

1. Make the DIY kimono pattern

Lay your own loose-fitting t-shirt on a flat surface. I'm using my Summer Vibes embroidered t-shirt from a previous tutorial. You’ll measure and mark the following measurements to determine your ideal kimono:

Taking measurements for the kimono
  • Measure the neckline horizontally. 
  • Measure the neckline vertically.
  • Measure across below the bustline to determine the waistline.
  • Measure the sleeve length from the neck, past your shoulders, down to your preferred sleeve length. In this tutorial, I wanted it to reach my wrist.
  • Measure your sleeve width. I wanted about 12 inches (30 cm) but you can make it wider if you choose.
  • Measure your preferred length starting from the center of the back of your neck all the way down.
DIY kimono pattern

Make the DIY kimono pattern by following the video from 1:35 to 4:30.

Collar, cuff, and belt patterns

You’ll also make the collar, cuffs, and belt. 

Cutting the fabric

Cut the fabric.

Serging the raw edges

Serge all the raw edges except for the neckline. 

Pinning the front and back pieces together

2. Assemble the kimono

Place the back piece of the kimono with the right side facing up. Lay the two front pieces of the kimono right side facing down. Align the shoulders.

Pin the shoulders and side seams together. Sew the pinned areas about ¼ inch from the edge. 

Pressing the collar, cuffs, and belt

Press the collar, cuffs, and belt pieces. Fold the long collar piece in half, wrong sides together. Press again.

Placing the collar piece

Place the collar piece, starting at the bottom all the way across the neckline and back down again pinning the raw edges together. Sew into position. Topstitch along the seam on the right side of the fabric.

Attaching cuffs to the kimono

3. Attach the cuffs

Sew the folded cuff pieces into a loop, then tuck the sleeves into the cuff. Line up the cuff and inner sleeve side seams. Line up the raw edges of the sleeve with the raw edge of the cuff. Pin in place.

How to make a kimono

Trim any excess seam allowance. Sew into position. Topstitch along the seam.

Making a belt for the kimono

4. Make the belt

Place the folded belt right sides together. Sew along the length and the width, leaving a 1½-inch hole along one seam. Insert your fingers or a long thin object into the hole to turn the belt inside out. Press to flatten. Topstitch.

How to sew a kimono

5. Final touches

Double fold the bottom of the kimono to hem. Press to flatten. Topstitch across the entire bottom.

DIY kimono

DIY kimono tutorial

Voila! You’re done making a DIY kimono. I love hearing from you so please let me know in the comments if you made this kimono. Tag me in your photos @gul_davies. 

Suggested materials:
  • 2-3 yards of fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Tailor’s chalk
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  • Peggy O'Brien Peggy O'Brien on Jul 31, 2022

    I love it! I have been wanting to make my daughter, grand-daughter and daughter-in-law a beach cover up! This would be perfect! Thanks so much!

  • Leslie Leslie on Aug 01, 2022

    Great tutorial thank you for sharing. Just to add to Shans' comments. If you do not have a serger you can cut your material with a pinking shear. The zig zag of the cut will help to stop fraying, OR you can sew a straight line a bit less than a 1/4 inch from the edges before you sew your seams. That sewn line will also help to stop fraying. Another seam you can do is called a Flat Feld Seam and you can see how that works by accessing You Tube.