I have been in love with kimonos since I saw them. What a perfect way to jazz up a simple outfit. They also work well as a simple cover up.
I watched a couple of tutorials (Click Here & Here) before I decided to give it a whirl myself.
If you are new to sewing this will be a very easy and cost effective project for you to try.
If you are new to sewing and need to know what supplies you need to get started watch my tutorial HERE. Also, if you need help with knowing how to thread your machine, watch my tutorial HERE.
I think I have created something I love and will be making more of these to come! I am excited to share this step by step visual tutorial with you.
Let’s get started!
Supplies and Tools
- Sewing machine
- Fabric (Between 2-3 yards- please note that fabric comes in different width sizes. Check you fabric width side before purchasing)
- Matching thread
- Measuring Tape
- Chiffon, stretchy fabric, or you can purchase a large scarf from any retail store.
You want to select your fabric. I found this cute maroon and beige fabric in the remnant section of Hacock Fabrics
*Side Note* Hancock Fabrics has closed it’s stores and online presences for good. You can buy fabric from any other fabric store.
You want to start by placing your fabric flat on the ground. You want the “wrong side”of the fabric to be touching the ground and the “right side” of the fabric to be facing upward.
The measurements of the fabric I have pictured is. 89.5 inches long and 56 inches wide. I am sure you can use less than this and be just fine, but I decided to use the whole remnant roll I picked up.
Next you want to fold the fabric over. Now, at this point, the wrong side should be starting to face upward as you are folding the fabric over.
Your fabric should be completely folded over with the “wrong side” of the fabric facing upward and touching the floor. The “right side” should be sandwiched in the middle.
From the top of the fabric (where the fold is), I measured down 11 inches and pinned from that point all the way down to the end. This will create the armhole and will close the bottom of the kimono.
Here is a close up. Now sew from the 11 inch mark on down. I used a straight stitch and it came out just fine.
Once you have sewen the sides close; you will now find the middle of the fabic, and make a cut.
You only want to cut the top layer of fabric. DO NOT…I repeat…DO NOT make a cut in both layers of fabric.
Here is a closer look at the cut I made in the fabric. Notice how the back layer isn’t cut at all?
Next you are going to flip it over and hem the arm holes. You also want to zig zag stitch or serge the sides where you sewed. This will give your new kimono a more professional look. Aren’t you excited? You should be!
Now you can make thousands of these! I am sorry for being an enabler! Lol
I hope this tutorial was help for you. What do you think?
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