(Almost) Instant Kimono – Style Wrap

With the most basic sewing skills you can turn a 72×44″ scarf into a stylish kimonio … and still wear it as a scarf on another day.

Here’s the finished product, worn open (left) and ovelapped (right):

Fole the scarf in half lengthwise and again crosswise.  Press the resulting folds to mark center front opening and shoulder “seams”.  Unfold and cut along one lengthwise crease, ending st the intersection. Cut along the crosswise crease, 1″ in either direction from the midpoint – following the heavier solid line in the diagram below.

Along each long cut edge, press under 1/4″ to the wrong side and 1/4″ again, enclosing the raw edge.  Topstitch along the second fold.

Fold along the perpendicular dotted line, right sides together.  Stitch from one edge of the fabric to the other, 1/4″ from the fold, catching the free edge of the hemmed front edges into the seam.  There will be a gap of approximately 1″ between the two topstitched cnter front edges.

Press the tuck and the 1″ raw edge toward the back .  Edgestitch along the fold edge, simulating a flat-felled seam.  Use a multi-step zigzag (serpentine) stitch to secure the back-neck seam allowance to the wrong side of the kimono.

With right sides together, stitch a narrow seam joining each open side, ending about 12″ below the shoulder (ee diagram. Slip your arms through the openings above the side seams to wear the kimono.

To wear the kimono as a scarf, fold one half through th other half along the center back, matching shoulder and side seams and aligning the armhold openings.  That positioning is shown in flat view and side view below.

With the armhole “loop” in one hand and the free lower edge in the other, bring the body of the scarf behind your neck.  In front, bring the free ends through the loop, for the scarf “tie” effect like this:

Here’s a video demonstrating how to wear it both ways. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=900LGsK9fcs&t=3s Which way will you wear your kimono today?

About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. T on September 6, 2023 at 10:05 am

    The instructions are a bit confusing. I’ve made about 20 of these, cutting arms into the fabric like an “L”. Would help to see a video which explains this a bit better.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on September 6, 2023 at 2:18 pm

      Sorry if my description wasn’t clear to you. Cutting arms into the fabric is one option, and I’m glad it worked well for you. By seaming just the outer edges, though, we retain the ability to also wear the item as a scarf. I do have a video showing that, and I’ve added that link to the original article.

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