DIY Kimono Tutorial in 4 easy steps.
During Kids Clothes Week, I made a kimono for my tween and promised a tutorial. That’s what I have for you today, a quick and easy DIY Kimono Tutorial in 4 easy steps. Why another DIY Kimono Tutorial, when the internet is full of them? Mine’s easier, I promise! How do I know this? Well, a few weeks ago, my printer was out of ink (trust me, I’m getting there!) so I couldn’t print and make the skirt for All The Skirts that I wanted to, so I decided to try a kimono and started looking over all the tutorials out there. Many were too complicated or confusing to even follow, but I muddled through enough of them to know there was an easier way to do it. You see, kimonos are usually made out of some slightly sheer material like chiffon or something that frays and is hard to work with. So the best way to do it is to make the least amount of exposed edges. Less exposed edges means less fraying and fewer edges to have to keep from fraying. So here’s the easy 4-step DIY Kimono Tutorial:
Pretty easy, huh? But in case that leaves you with a few questions, here is a picture tutorial.
Begin with a rectangle of fabric double your desired finished length X width of fabric. Fold this rectangle in half, right sides together.
On one edge, measure down 12-18 inches from the fold, and start pinning there. Pin across 12-18 inches, then down to the bottom edge of the fabric. Repeat on other side.
Sew the two layers together following the pins. Repeat on other side.
Cut away the excess close to your seam.
If you don’t have a serger, zigzag the edge.
Fold over two times to make a tiny hem around the sleeves. Fold and hem around the bottom and up and down the front opening all in one continuous seam.
Strut it in your new kimono baby! I realize my kimono fabric is a lot like Annie from The Enantiomer Project, but I do think her kimono is the prettiest I’ve ever seen and wanted to duplicate it as close as possible. I found my fabric at JoAnns.
I didn’t know I needed a kimono until I made this one! Now I wear it a lot.
It’s a great way to be able to nurse discreetly in public…all that flow-yness is so awesome!
This DIY Kimono Tutorial is so fast you’ll have time to make it and a decent supper tonight…what are you waiting for?