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DIY Kimono!

Summertime is here and what better addition to your wardrobe than a fun kimono to add a bit of flair to any outfit or even use it at the beach or pool as a cover up! You can design your own fabric or choose from any of the designs in our curated gallery to fit your look. Once your design is ready you can get it printed on any of our high-quality Fabrics! Learn how to make your very own kimono below with our step-by-step tutorial. 🌞⛱


Supplies:

  • 1 Yard of Chosen Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Marking Utensil
  • Ruler
  • Sewing Machine
  • Rolled Hem Presser Foot (optional)
  • Serger (optional)

Step 1: Preparing the Fabric

First you will choose your fabric. We chose our Faux Linen Slub Sheer, a perfect lightweight fabric! Once your custom fabric has arrived you will prep it by removing any of the spare fabric around your design.

Then you will fold your fabric in half hamburger style, and then fold it in half again hamburger style keeping the first folded edge at the top.

Step 2: Cutting the Fabric

Next, we cut out a rectangle piece measuring 14”x 6” from the bottom open end corner. To do this we squared a line 6” in and 14” up using our marking chalk. We then pinned the fabric in place and cut out the rectangle from all 4 layers.

Once the openings are cut from the corners open the one-fold of the fabric and mark the center of the top layer. We then proceeded to cut open a slit on only the top layer from the center to the top fold.

Step 3: Serging and Sewing Seams

Working with our Faux Linen Slub Sheer fabric the edges need to be finished since it tends to fray. You can do this using a serger or zig zag stitch along the raw edges. We serged the seams along the newly cut rectangles leaving the bottom and top edges raw.

Next we folded back the fabric right sides together sewing along the newly serged edges at ½” seam allowances.

Step 4: Hemming

Once your seams are sewn it is time to hem up the rest of the raw edges. We chose to do a rolled hem on the neckline, arm holes and bottom hem. To do this we used a rolled hem presser foot that gets the job done easily and quickly. To do this you simply fold your fabric over 1/8” 2 times at the starting edge and press about 2 inches down.

This gives you a good starting point to easily get started. Then you will feed your fabric through your presser foot as you sew and it does all the work for you!

If you do not have a rolled hem presser foot, fear not! You can simply fold your raw edges over anywhere from 1/8” -1/4” 2 times and edge stitch. Once all your edges are hemmed you are all done! This kimono is a cinch to make and perfect for this summer’s attire!


Love the fabric we chose? We got Fractal Design 36 by DavePeck printed on our faux linen slub sheer! You can choose this design, create your own or choose from any design in our curated library for your next creation. Don’t forget to take 30% off from now until July 14th with code kimono30 at checkout.

Fractal Design 36 by : DavePeck


Links:

Faux Linen Slub Sheer

DavePeck Artist Profile Page

Fractal Design 36

My Fabric Designs

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