If you have a large, thin scarf you don’t wear any more, turn it into a kimono-style jacket that you will. It takes less than an hour of work and a few supplies.
Light chiffon-like scarves work best for this project since they drape well. This can be a no-sew project if you decide to use heat tape or glue. You need:
- Something to hold the fabric together (heat fusion tape, fabric glue, thread and needle)
- Iron (if you use heat fusion tape)
- Scarf that is at least 150cm long and 90cm wide
If you don’t have a scarf that big, you can use a smaller scarf but your jacket will be less flowy and smaller. Hem the short sides of your fabric, then fold the them together horizontally and again vertically so you end up with four layers of fabric. Cut up the fold to where it ends (when the fabric is unfolded, the cut should be about halfway up the middle of the entire piece of cloth). This will be the front opening of your jacket. If you want, hem the fabric around this cut. Lay the fabric out to that the front opening is facing you and attach the edges of the sleeves together. Go as far up as you want, the further up you go, the smaller the arm holes will be.
For a faster version of this project, skip the hemming portion. This will make your jacket more likely to fray but if you only want it to last for a season, then you can do less work for a similar look. You can also add customisations like fringe or lace to the bottom of the jacket. Check out the video above (skip to 00:48) for visual instructions.
DIY: Kimono Cardigan [thehuyeninglooks (YouTube)]