I hope you all had a great start to this week!
Recently, I came across a video that was a DIY project to make a kimono. No, not an actual kimono but the one’s these girls wear nowadays 😉 To be honest, I haven’t really come across any in the stores but then again, I haven’t looked for them, so I might have just passed one by and not realized. I did see some at CottonOn when I was in Florida though, here’s what they look like!
It’s basically a really light weight shrug that is very loose and effortless, and yet fashionable and cute at the same time. As you can see, this kimono retails for $30! Personally, I was not particularly enthused about kimonos when I saw this. But they do look really cute and I think they’re great for the spring and summer, especially for picnics or trips to the beach! They are really versatile so when I came across the video tutorial, I was like hey, might as well try it out! The best part about this DIY is that you can make your kimono out of an old scarf!! Yes that’s right, make a kimono out of a hijab – easy, fast, fun, and using things we already have at home! Upcycling – Hijabi Heroes Style 😉
Materials you will need for this DIY:
– Maxi Rectangle Hijab
A test to see if your hijab will be long/big enough for this DIY: When you fold it half to bring the two shorter sides together,
if this length is longer than your shoulder length, then you’re good to go :))
– Needle and Thread (Thread preferably matching the colour of your hijab)
The Needle I used was pretty big – it made sewing a lot easier!!
You could use a sewing machine if you have one, but I decided to make mine by hand!
– Tape Measure
– Straight Pins
Here’s a basic overview of what we will be doing. It’s not as hard as it looks :))
First off, you just have to fold you hijab as illustrated in the photo above and make sure it’s inside out!! This way, when you sew, your nice seam will be on the outside of the garment. The fold of the scarf should be at the top.
On both of your sides, measure out 60 cm using the tape measure. Mark that area with a straight pin so you know where to stop sewing. Then from the bottom, you will just sew all the way up to this pin marking. Try to sew as close as you can to the edge to make a nice crisp seam. Once you reach your 60 cm mark, just tie off your thread and you’re good to go! The opening beyond the 60 cm mark is your armhole!
So we’re kinda almost done! I told you this would be easy!! With your hijab still with the fold at the top, measure across the bottom of the scarf to find the middle. I also measured across the top and my hijab was slightly wider at the top, so I just averaged the two midpoints! Then I placed some pins in the middle mark to make a straight vertical line. Then, cut along this line BUT ONLY THE TOP LAYER!! If you cut both layers, you won’t have a back piece LOL so make sure to only cut the top layer of the hijab.
And now you’re pretty much done! All that’s left to do is hemming! But honestly, I am currently wearing mine to school (writing this post as I’m at lunch LOL) and I didn’t hem mine. But I will do so later on today!
For the hemming, all you have to do is fold over the rough edges from the part you just cut and then just sew the fold to prevent the edge from fraying and giving your kimono an unfinished look. Just do this on both side and you’re good to go! A really easy way to do this is to make the fold on the rough edges and iron it (make sure it’s on a low setting – ex: silk setting) so you have a nice crease to easily sew together! This will also ensure your hem is straight!
Just turn it inside out (LOL) and then your kimono is done! Mine probably took me around 15-20 minutes to make! The hijab was less than $5 so I made this for a bargain :)) $30 v.s. less than $5 😉 Good job, good job :’)
Mine also turned out really long because I used a super maxi hijab but you can wear it with a maxi skirt/dress or with some cute boyfriend or skinny jeans and some cute accessories! I feel like this is a piece that you can just throw on top of a simple outfit to bring everything together.
Here are some pictures of me styling it!
Kimono: DIY 😉
White Lace Sweater: American Eagle
Jeans: Joe Fresh
Gotta give credit where credit is due! Here’s the link to watch the original DIY video: DIY EASY KIMONO BY LAURDIY
Make sure to follow us on instagram for daily ootds and more pictures of my kimono!! @HijabiHeroes
Thanks so much for everything!
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