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DIY Scarf Kimono

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I’m in a love affair with scarves. I mean, is there any more versatile of an accessory out there? It can be worn wrapped around your neck as is, as a cover up (as seen in my OOTD: Beachy Beyonce) and now as a easy, breezy, beautiful DIY kimono!

I chose a scarf with an ikat print in white and a deep navy, since it reminded me of Greek Islands (the dream location to wear this style creation!), but the fun of this project is how different each version will look based on the print of the scarf chosen. Floral patterns will be festival season perfection, while solid black would produce the perfect piece for your night out on the town. If you make this DIY Kimono, share pictures of it on social media with #mrkate so I can see how all your wonderful creations came out!

FYI: If you know me, I usually stick to no-sew DIYs but for this one I wanted it to be everlasting so we broke out the old Singer. The good news is, you could totally do this DIY using iron-on hem tape or fabric glue where we sewed the seams.

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Prep It:

2 scarves (with fringed ends!)
Sewing machine*
*Alternately: needle and thread, iron-on hem tape or fabric glue
Pins
Scissors

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Do It!:

  1. Gather your two scarves (preferably with fringe on the ends!) and lay flat next to each other, with the inside sides facing down on the floor.
  2. Fold the scarves in half lengthwise (or hamburger style, for my homies who still follow the elementary school terms). The inside side should now be facing up at you.
  3. Measure about 5 inches down from the fold and pin. This is where you will start to sew the back seam. We sewed about 20 inches down the back, but that measurement depends on how long your scarf is!
  4. Once your two scarves are pinned together down the back, you’re ready to attach them! Use a sewing machine, needle and thread, or fabric glue — whichever method works best for you! — to connect the pieces. Tip: It’s easier to sew/ glue with the scarves unfolded!
  5. When you’re done seaming the back of your kimono, remove the pins and fold lengthwise, how it was before. Try it on and use pins to mark where you’d like your arm holes to start and end. We sewed about 10 inches for this, but again, it depends on the size of your scarves!
  6. Fully pin the lengths you’d like to sew/ glue to create the arm holes and then go to town! Once done, remove the pins, and you’re ready to go! Wear over shorts and a crop top, a fitted mini dress, bikini, or even a flowing maxi dress for the ultimate boho look!

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