10 Simple DIY Kimonos Anyone Can Make

Hello ladies! It’s fashion DIY time. Get ready to learn how to make your own kimono with the DIY kimonos below!

Kimono designs

Kimonos are perfect cover-ups for summer because they are made out of light and breezy fabrics. They’re also quite easy to create as there’s really not a lot to them. As you’ll see from the DIY kimono ideas below, some of them don’t even require a stitch of sewing!

1. The Basic DIY Kimono

Starting things out simple, we have a really nice, elegant, and lightweight kimono-style tunic top. This style is perfect for the summer and it’s really easy to make.


  • 1 square yard of fabric (stretchy sheer works best!)
  • scissors
  • fabric glue or needle and thread

Get the full tutorial from Verily.

2. Kimono From a Scarf


If you know Fabulessly Frugal, you know we love upcycling ideas, and this one is really clever! A kimono from a scarf. The style of this one is long and flowy, and also lightweight, which is really nice.


  • Large scarf
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

Get the full tutorial from The Wonder Forest.

3. Kimono Cool


I absolutely LOVE the fabric used for this DIY kimono. It’s gorgeous. This one has a really nice style too, it’s a bit like a lightweight cardigan.


  • 1 yard of lightweight fabric.
  • Matching thread
  • Rolled hem foot (optional)

Get the full tutorial from Elle Apparel.

4. Beach Kimono


The lace trim is the real star of this DIY kimono. It looks really lovely and is perfect for the beach!


  • 1.5 -2 yards of fabric
  • 1.5 yards of lace trim
  • iron + ironing board
  • coordinating thread

Get the full tutorial from Andrea’s Notebook.

5. Knit Kimono

Grey knit kimono

This one also reminds me a lot of a cardigan, and I’d say it’s more of a fall or winter season kimono. I really love the knit look.


  • US Size 17 12.0 mm, 24β€³ or 36β€³ Circular Knitting Needles
  • 5 (S/M), 6 (L/XL) skeins Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick Super Bulky Yarn in Grey Marble
  • Pattern uses approximately 725 g (S/M) 960 g (L/XL)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle to weave in ends

Get the full tutorial from Mama In A Stitch.

6. Fringed Kimono

Homemade kimono with fringe

Here’s another DIY kimono made from a scarf, but this one has a really beautiful fringed trim. Love the look!


  • Scarf
  • Fusing tape
  • Scissors

Get the full tutorial from Earnest Home Co.

7. No-Sew T-Shirt Kimono

Tshirt kimono before and after

How cool is this!? A kimono made from an oversized t-shirt (which you could get for $2 at a thrift store). Such a fun project and you can add any type of trim you like to it to suit your style.


  • Oversize t-shirt
  • 2 yards of fabric trim (any kind will do; tassel, feather, ruffles, whatever suits your style)
  • Permanent fabric glue
  • Fray stopper (if your trim will fray like mine)
  • Fabric pencil/marker/chalk
  • Fabric scissors
  • Ballpoint needle & matching thread (if you want extra reinforcement, totally optional)

Get the full tutorial from Celia Agnes.

8. Cross Front Kimono

Criss cross kimono dress

This DIY kimono fits a bit more of the traditional kimono look while still being really fun. It’s perfect for the beach too!


  • 1.5 yards of lightweight fabric
  • Scissors
  • A sewing machine

Get the full tutorial from Live Free Creative.

9. Kimono Jacket

Oversized kimono jacket

I love the style of this one. Unlike most of the other DIY kimonos on this list, it’s perfect for a bit of colder weather too. The pattern isn’t free but I’m including it just in case you love the style and want to make it!

Get the full tutorial from Closet Case Patterns.

10. Crochet Kimono

Yellow crochet kimono

I had to include something for the crocheters out there! This crochet kimono looks fantastic and could be done in so many different colors to suit different outfits.


  • Yarn
  • 2.5 mm crochet hook or B/1 US hook size and 6 mm crochet hook or J/10 US hook size
  • Sewing yarn needle
  • Stitch marker

Get the full tutorial from Jenny and Teddy.

Final Thoughts

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably a bit surprised at all the different DIY kimonos and styles on this list! Also, who knew you could make a kimono out of a scarf or a t-shirt? I love the creativity!

Which DIY kimono style is your favorite? Are you going to try any of the ideas above? Let me know!

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Types: Sewing, Adult, Teen
Categories: Clothing, Summer


  • Hi, I love these kimonos and am ready to make one or two. It says 1 yard of fabric. I am about a size 16-18 and I don’t want to make it too small. How do I know if this will be large enough?

    • Hi Valerie! Each Kimono has a different set of instructions. I suggest you click on the link for the one you like the most and then see if they have more details about sizing… the answer might be in the comments section too… I’m sure there are others who have had the same Q’s.

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