Sunday, June 26, 2016

DIY: make a DIY kimono from a scarf, no sewing!

Have five minutes? Want to DIY your own summer kimono wrap without sewing a single stitch? Keep reading!

You may remember a couple weeks ago I shared my blue and gold summer outfit with you guys. (Don’t bother clicking on that unless you really WANT to see more pictures of this dress, because I’m going to show you a picture here too with this tutorial!). 

The piece that completed that look was the fringed blue kimono! I’m pretty obsessed with wearing loose, flowey light kimonos for summer. A good kimono keeps you covered in the sun, and warms you up when you’re in frigid AC blasted movie theaters. I actually have a collection of real Japanese kimonos as well that I wear sometimes (that’s a link you should click, the kimono is GORGEOUS), but for summer that’s a bit overkill. 

I shared my tutorial on how to quickly sew your own kimono last week, but not everyone knows how to sew. So today I’m going to give you my secret summer weapon; how to turn any scarf or sarong into a gorgeous kimono wrap in under five minutes! 

When you’re looking for the perfect scarf for this, here’s what you need to look for:

  • A longer scarf, that has a looser, lightweight feel. 
  • Pretty details like fringe or beading or fun pattern. 
  • A scarf that is on the thicker side. If it’s less then 24 inches wide this isn’t going to work super well. In general the wider, the better. Except squares, those don’t work very well either, they’re not long enough.
Step 1: Hold out your scarf, lengthwise.

Step 2: Take the two corners of the shorter end and hold them together. 

Step 3: Tie the ends together in a double knot.

Step 4: Do the same with the other side. 

Step 5: Put your arms through the holes you just tied, and pull it up around your shoulders!

That’s it. I know, it feels like cheating, right? Add to this the fact that there are approximately one million scarves to be had at thrift stores for under $1 and you have a recipe for this girl having way, way too many scarves laying around the house. Seriously.

If you have your own scarf collection, and possess even the most basic of sewing skills, check out my breezy maxi dress tutorial! Under 30 minutes and you can make one of these dresses too! Just click on the picture below:

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