Super Easy DIY: How To Turn a Scarf Into a Kimono-esque Cardigan

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that a-ha moment of upcycling inspiration,
achieving boho fabulousness in 5 minutes


Whenever I’m out shopping, I find it extremely difficult to resist the allure of a scarf with a particularly beautiful colorway and print. The result? A scarf drawer crammed to capacity, with many a silken or sheer square buried and forgotten beneath the ever-growing collection. I always knew that these lovely, neglected pieces of fabric presented a prime DIY upcycling opportunity — I simply needed to figure out what that opportunity was. Now I know! After stumbling upon a couple tutorials (here and here) for turning a  scarf into a kimono cardigan, I made my own version using a sheer, rust-colored, fringed scarf I brought home as a souvenir from Barcelona.

I can’t adequately stress how painless this project is. You don’t even need a sewing machine. In fact, all you’ll need is a needle and thread and the ability to hand stitch a straight line. So fool proof, it’s silly. Just fold a large square scarf in half. Then, with the folded side at the top, seam the right and left edges about halfway up from the bottom. See figure below. Voila. You’re done. Open it up, stick your arms through the armholes (i.e. the unsewn edges), and let your cardi drape around you for effortless, slouchy, boho fabulousness.

Scarf upcycle - how to turn a scarf into a kimono cardigan

Easiest scarf upycle ever. Annie the dog approves.

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3 thoughts on “Super Easy DIY: How To Turn a Scarf Into a Kimono-esque Cardigan

    • Hi nicoledig, thanks for your comment! The scarf I used is 40″ x 40″ and I found it to be the perfect size for this project. Would love to see yours when it’s done. Best!

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