How to Make a DIY Kimono Scarf in 5 Quick & Simple Steps

by Janel
8 Materials
2 Hours

You’re going to just love this DIY kimono scarf idea. I’ll show you how to turn a large scarf into a kimono! I think this is a great light layer, especially during transitional weather, from winter to spring or summer to fall.

You can pair this with shorts or a dress. It’s such a versatile piece. If you don't have a sewing machine, you can make this with needle and thread or use no-sew glue to put this piece together. Let’s start!

Tools and materials:

  • Large scarf
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tassel trim
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Iron
Folding the large scarf

1. Fold and cut

Start by folding your large scarf in half; it should almost be 1-meter x 1-meter (39.37” x 39.37”) once you’ve folded it in half. 

Folding the fabric in half again

The fold along the top is where your shoulders rest. So, fold it in half again.

Cutting down the center

Then, find the middle point and cut down the center. This will be the opening at the front. 

Pressing the double-fold hem with an iron

2. Hem the raw edges

Fold the raw edges over twice and press down the fold. This is a better technique than pinning (for this type of fabric). 

Hemming the raw edges

Once you’ve ironed down both sides, take it to the sewing machine and start hemming! Use a single, plain stitch down the center of the folds. 

Tip: Make sure you fold inward so the seams look polished from the outside of your kimono scarf. 

Measuring and marking the DIY kimono

3. Measure where to cut

To assemble the kimono, mark about 15 inches on each side and about 20 inches down from the top. 

Pinning along the markings

Like this, you’ll create a rectangle that you will cut out. Pin along the lines, so when you cut it, you do so through both layers. 

Cutting an inch away from the chalk line

Cut ½ inch to an inch away from the chalk line. 

How to turn a large scarf into a kimono

This is what it should look like.

Sewing a scarf into a kimono

4. Sew the kimono

Pin the edges and sew! 

Tip: Make sure your kimono is inside out, so the seams will be on the inside. 

Adding fringe to the DIY kimono

5. Add fringe (optional)

If you want to add a fringe, then go ahead and pin the trim to the bottom of your kimono scarf. 

How to turn a large scarf into a kimono

Then stitch it. It takes a little precision when using the sewing machine, so it may take a little time. However, you can also hand stitch this on or even use no-sew glue. 

Tip: I had to cut my fringe shorter as it was too long. 

Kimono scarf

DIY kimono scarf tutorial

There you have it! A lovely kimono scarf. What do you think of this quick transformation? I also love the tassel details; it just adds a unique touch to the whole look.

DIY kimono scarf

Thanks for joining me on this DIY, and I hope you now have the inspiration and know-how to transform a scarf into a kimono. 

Suggested materials:
  • Large scarf
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Scissors
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  • Redcar Redcar on Apr 26, 2022

    No, not too inspired on this one, too much work considering I can just use a regular large scarf (have many) and drape over my shoulders and go, don't like the tassels too much. Otherwise, thanks for sharing.

  • Rebecca Peters Rebecca Peters on May 24, 2022

    Love it. Will make soon and add photo💜