How to Make a Kimono Robe in 7 Simple Steps

7 Materials
2 Hours

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a kimono robe. If you know how to use a sewing machine, it’s super straightforward and simple to do. Here’s how to DIY a kimono robe for yourself or someone special in your life!

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Tools and materials:

  • Fabric: 1 meter or a little over a yard
  • Lining
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Marking chalk
  • Sewing machine
Measuring and marking the fabric

1. Measure and mark the fabric

Fold the fabric in half. Then fold that half in half again. Measure 100 cm X 75 cm or 39 inches X 30 inches. Add the bottom of the open folds. 

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Measure 10 cm or 4 inches from the bottom upward. Mark with a ruler and chalk. Cut that piece away and reserve it for later use.

How to make a kimono robe sewing pattern

Mark the top of the fabric at the top folded area 3 cm or 1 ¼ inch from the top. 

Making the kimono robe sewing pattern

From that edge, mark 8 cm or 3 inches down. Join those two measurements with a small curve.

Measuring the fabric

At the bottom, measure 21 cm or 8 inches from the folded edge. 

Marking the fabric

From the top fold measure 35 cm or 14 inches. Connect these 2 measurements. Continue the 35 cm measurement all the way around to the other end of the fabric. Mark with a ruler.

Check to make sure it is 21 cm. Check at the top of the curve that it is 28 cm and from the top down that it is 35 cm. Once the measurements are confirmed, cut the fabric along the lines.

Cutting the fabric for the DIY kimono robe

2. Cut the fabric

Cut the small curve at the top and the larger curve. 

Trimming the fabric

Trim the top area by 2 cm or just under an inch.

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Take 2 of the shorter cut pieces. Fold each one in half lengthwise. Fold again in half widthwise, matching it to the shorter cut end that is 21 cm. Cut the piece. Do the same for the second piece. These will be the cuffs for the robe. Set aside once they’re cut.

Making a DIY long sleeve kimono

3. Make the kimono

Unfold the fabric and completely open it up. There will be a hole in the center. 

Folding the fabric

Fold it the other way so the shorter ends are at the bottom and the long ends are horizontal.

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At the V-shaped hole, measure 25 cm or 10 inches. Mark a diagonal line at the top. Mark evenly down the fold and then cut along the fold and down at the angle. 

Making an easy DIY kimono robe

Lift up the fabric and arrange it into a robe shape.

Pinning the DIY kimono robe ready to sew

4. Pin the kimono

Pin the side seams and under the arms with the right sides facing in.

How to sew a DIY kimono robe

Take the reserved long piece and fold into half lengthwise. Pin it around the robe opening including the next and collar. 

Creating a belt for the kimono-style robe

Use the other reserved fabric for the belt.

Pressing the cuffs with an iron

5. Make the cuffs

Iron the cuffs with the lining. 

Making cuffs for the DIY kimono robe

The cuffs should be about 20 cm X 42 cm or 8 X 16 inches. 

Sewing the robe cuffs

Fold the cuff in half with the right sides facing in. Sew the open side of the cuff creating a loop.

Sewing the side seams of the DIY kimono robe

6. Sew the robe

Sew the side seams of the kimono using a straight stitch. Match the seams of the cuff loop with the robe. Keep the robe wrong side facing and insert the right-facing cuff into the sleeve. Pin in place and then sew.

Iron the robe edging together with the lining. Fold in half lengthwise and sew directly to the robe with the right side facing outward.

Making the belt for the DIY kimono robe

7. Sew the belt

For the belt, use the leftover fabric. At the top, fold the raw edge downward. Then, fold the raw edges lengthwise inward. Sew the top across and then sew lengthwise, constantly folding the raw edges inward. Sew the bottom. Then, sew the other side lengthwise.

Hem the bottom of the robe by folding down the ends twice and sewing it in place.

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How to make a kimono robe

How to make a kimono robe tutorial

I hope this tutorial helps you make a kimono robe that’s simple, easy, and very beautiful. Let me know in the comments how it worked for you!

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Suggested materials:
  • Fabric: 1 meter or a little over a yard
  • Lining
  • Measuring tape
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