Sewing hack: upcycle a scarf into a kimono

Lana Red's kimono tutorial

Kimonos are pretty much a wardrobe essential – whether you’re wearing them on the beach, over jeans, or with a simple tee, they liven up any outfit. And you can make them from easy-to-source scarves in mere minutes with this simple tutorial from Lana Red.  

You will need:

  • Large scarf
  • Sewing machine (or needle and thread)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Tape measure

How to create your kimono

Lana Red's kimono tutorial

Step one

Pick out your chosen scarf. Obviously this will come down to your own taste, but make sure it’s large enough to wrap all around your body. A super large scarf will give a flowy, oversized look. We used a rectangular scarf, but a square-shaped one will also work.

Kimono tutorial

Step two

Fold your scarf in half, right sides (RS) together, width-ways.

Kimono tutorial

Step three

Place your measuring tape at the top of the scarf on the horizontal fold. Mark the middle using a pin or some fabric chalk. Next, place your measuring tape at the horizontal bottom and mark the middle again. Now, draw a line between both marked points to create a vertical line. This will be the opening and front.

Kimono tutorial

Step four

Cut along the marked folded line from the bottom to the folded part, making sure you only cut the top fabric layer. This is your opening.

Kimono tutorial

Step five

Create a simple neckline by cutting out a small oval shape with your scissors. You can use some fabric chalk or a few pins to decide the exact shape before you start cutting out.

Kimono tutorial

Step six

Fold the edges of the front opening and neckline to the inside and, using your sewing machine or a needle and thread, hem the front opening and neckline.

Step seven

Place the kimono on a flat surface with the opening on the top. Place your measuring tape along one vertical side and pin the sides together, keeping the first 40cm-60cm open for the arms. Repeat on the other side.

Kimono tutorial

Step eight

Use your sewing machine or needle and thread to sew both sides together. We sewed our kimono right sides (RS) out to make sure the fringe would be visible once finished. If your scarf doesn’t have fringes, you’ll find it easier to sew RS together.

 Lana Red's kimono tutorialAbout Lana Red

Lana never leaves her house without red lipstick and almost always wears dresses or skirts. And although she loves to bake, she’s the worst chef in the world. She travels a lot, but when at home, she spends all of her days cuddling her two cats.