10-minute DIY Kimono Cardigan

Simple 10-minute DIY Kimono Cardigan


Hi, I’m Lisa Mabey from Mabey She Made It, a sewing, crafts, and home decor blog, and I’m thrilled to be here today sharing a super simple and trendy sewing DIY with you.

Kimono cardigans are all the rage these days. The floaty, free shape is relaxed but cute, and I couldn’t help but notice how simple they would be to construct–especially if you started with something where the edges are finished for you.

Simple 10-minute DIY Kimono Cardigan

So I’m going to show you how to turn a large scarf into a kimono cardigan in just 10 minutes (perhaps a little more if you’re not familiar with your sewing machine). But it’s simple enough that it’s totally worth a try even if you’re a beginner!


You’ll Need:

  • Large scarf wide enough to go across your shoulders width wise with some overhang (I got mine from H&M for $5)
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Pins and scissors


  1. Fold your scarf in half on your work surface and find the middle.Simple 10-minute DIY Kimono Cardigan
  2. Cut up the middle of the TOP LAYER ONLY, and cut a small half circle to create a neck hole.Simple 10-minute DIY Kimono Cardigan
  3. Sew all around your cut edges with a small zigzag stitch to bind the edge and keep it from fraying
  4. Pin where you want your arm and side seams to be–keep in mind you want them to be loose. Then sew along your pins, and you’re done!Simple 10-minute DIY Kimono Cardigan

Depending on the size of your scarf, you may want to shorten your cardigan to the length you like best. I used a linen scarf, and it was fun to keep the fringe detail from the scarf.

Simple 10-minute DIY Kimono Cardigan

I would love to make another one in a floral silk scarf for an authentic kimono look though.

Simple 10-minute DIY Kimono Cardigan

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    Sarah Nenni-Daher

    Seriously – this is rocking my world right now! I’m actually going to go check my flowy, airy fabric stash to see if I can whip this up today. Thank you so much for this great idea!