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How to make a scarf into a Kimono in under an hour!

Make Your Own Kimono From a Scarf {SCARF WEEK}

Can you believe it’s the LAST DAY of Scarf Week projects? Part of me is sad, because seeing all of the amazing things being made by my fellow Scarf Week-ers was ahhhh-mazing… but part of me is slightly glad I can stop sewing for a little while. You know I’m not exactly good with needles and thread, right? I mean… this week was a first of many for me – first Scarf Week, first sewing project… It’s been grand!

Speaking of first sewing project… This is also my first clothing project. EEEEEK!!! Are you ready to see it?

How to make a scarf into a Kimono in under an hour!

Now let me tell you something about this post. As easy as it was to make the kimono, it was SOOOOOO HARD to take pictures of myself in it! First of all, using a self timer and a windy day don’t help. I get why fashion bloggers have their own photographers… there’s no way you can go back and forth with the timer 25 times like I did. Second of all, taking pictures of my whole entire self in something I made and putting it on the internet. SCARY!  WEIRD! WAY OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE! So even if you hate this project and my pictures, please be kind because this was a tough one for me!

Alright let’s get to this tutorial already! I photoshopped my tush off for this one, so I hope you like it. 

How to make a scarf into a Kimono in under an hour!


Ok so at the end of it all, I chose to leave the hem as it was. The bottom of my scarf was a little fringed and not sewn at all like the sides (now sleeves) were, so I pulled some strings (hahahaha I made myself laugh), literally, and fringed all along the front as well. Now put on your awesome kimono and show it off!

How to make a scarf into a Kimono in under an hour!So how many of you caught that I’m wearing the twisted scarf bracelet?

I have to tell you, I love the flowy sleeves and how light and airy the fabric is, which makes it perfect for Summer! It seems like Summer in Ontario might never arrive, with the exception of a few days here and there in which we can ACTUALLY feel the heat!

Oh! Let me show you the back of this thing. That’s important too, right?

How to make a scarf into a Kimono in under an hour!

The pattern on this scarf is SO good. I love the colours, too! I considered adding fringe to it, but the fabric is just way too light for heavy fringe – but if you stick around you might just see an even easier, shorter and fringed project coming up this month! 

Well friends, that concludes Scarf Week projects and this little tutorial. I have had SUCH a blast this week! Coming up with crafty projects, repurposing scarves and sharing it all with you has been a challenge, a pleasure and oh-so-scarfy! Wanna see how happy I am about it?

How to make a scarf into a Kimono in under an hour!

THAT happy! I have to thank Lauren from The Thinking Closet SO much for inviting me into this adventure, for being such a lovely Scarf Week coordinator and for all of her hard work! So give her a round of applause (in blogland that probably means comments, which you can shower her with right here!).

Want More Scarf Week Inspiration?

Team SCARF WEEK has got you covered!

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Psst! Did you know the graphic above is click­able?!


We’re each sharing our fourth and final scarf tutorial of the week (sniff sniff). Goin’ out with a bang, if I do say so myself.

Click the images above or links below to check ’em out.

10 Minute Scarf Wreath by Tried & True | The Super Tasselled Scarf by Dream a Little Bigger
Turban Headband by The Thinking Closet | Make Your Own Kimono From a Scarf by The Learner Observer

Final Giveaway & Link Party Reminder

Alrighty, friends. We’re in the homestretch of our super­ duper Scarf Week Giveaway and Link Party! It wraps at 11:59 p.m. E.S.T. tonight, and we want each and every one of you to have a shot at one of the two crafty prize packs. You can enter through both the Rafflecopter widget and link party for scarf­ related projects of your own. Click HERE to enter! And we’ll be back tomorrow to announce the two lucky winners. Best of luck!

Today’s Sponsor

A big thank you goes out to today’s sponsor who helped make Scarf Week possible:

Thanks to Etsy! One of our awesome Scarf Week Sponsors!If you’re a fan of handmade items, vintage goods, and/or crafting supplies, then you’re a fan of Etsy! An online marketplace that can boast over 1 million active shops and 40 million active members, Etsy is the definitive answer to all your unique and handmade questions. Don’t believe me? Just check out all the amazing shark listings found on Etsy!

You can follow etsy here:

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Stay tuned because although today is our last installment of scarf tutorials, we’ll all be back tomorrow to recap the week, share a few glory (and gory) stories, as well as announce our two giveaway winners! It will be the grandest of finales.

See you then!


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  • Reply Johanna

    I love this project! Sadly, I have the biggest “To Sew” pile in the world already, so I probably shouldn’t add a new project to it…but it’s so pretty!

    August 15, 2014 at 4:20 am
    • Reply Thalita

      I think a “to sew” pile is the only kind of pile I don’t have because I literally do not sew. Ever! So it worked, having a few things to sew this week! Thanks for the love! I am loving how comfy and light this thing is!

      August 15, 2014 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    Oh my goodness, you are the sweetest! Both as a kimono model and as a bloggy buddy; thank you for those warm words and the applause at the end. I don’t deserve it…but of course, I’ll take it from you, chica! Also, I’m impressed you managed those awesome poses with a timed camera. Girrrrrrl, that takes SKILL! A little remote actually came with our camera which allows me snap them from a distance – – such a game-changer. Something to ask for as a “I Survived Scarf Week” gift, perhaps? You deserve all the remotes and MORE for your creative scarves. Thanks for sharing these gems with us! We’re not worthy!!!

    August 16, 2014 at 3:49 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Yeah you totally DO deserve it!!!

      You know, I didn’t even think to start looking for a remote until about 2 days before I made this thing, and then of course, it was a little too late! It’s coming, though… now I see how amazingly handy it would be for so many things!

      August 16, 2014 at 8:00 am
  • Reply Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    Ahhh!!!! Love this!!! And the pattern on this scarf is so perfect! Another clever, and chic, way to repurpose a scarf! You’re killing this week, my friend! In a good, non-sharky way ;)

    August 16, 2014 at 6:08 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Oh Emily, you make me feel invincible – even against sharks! haha Maybe that’s dangerous!

      August 19, 2014 at 12:27 pm
  • Reply Vanessa

    THIS IS ADORABLE. Totally want to make one now.

    August 19, 2014 at 9:18 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      haha Thanks, Vanessa. Hey, if I can sew this, literally anyone, including children, can too!

      August 26, 2014 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply Midsommarflicka

    I’ve planned to make a kimono out of a scarf or from light fabric since so long… It definitely went a little bit up on my list now that I have this tutorial!

    And you look so sweet and beautiful in the photos!!! <3 Hugs!

    August 21, 2014 at 12:50 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      I’m sure your kimono will be amazing because you are a crafting goddess!!! Also, big giant squeeze to you for the compliment!! Those photos were sooooo hard to take! :)

      August 26, 2014 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Gail

    Can you please tell me what size the scarf is that you used in this DIY. thanks

    June 15, 2015 at 8:25 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Gail, my apologies for taking so long to reply to you!!!! The scarf was about 5 feet long, by roughly 3 feet. It’s definitely an oversized scarf :)

      July 30, 2015 at 9:46 pm

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