Quick DIY/Refashion: Scarf to Cocoon Kimono

Got a lot of scarves but not enough time to wear them all? Here’s an extremely simply refashion of a scarf into a kimono that’s perfect as a summer or beach cover-up!

Gosh, it’s been a while since I’ve done a DIY post!

I actually shared this refashion on my Instastories from my old IG account but of course it disappeared after 24 hours and eventually got rid of that account. Instead of a disappearing act, here’s a dedicated blog post on how it’s done.

It’s so, so easy and I feel a bit embarrassed that it’s not any more complex… but it’s such a great way to use some scarves that may not get as much love as others and giving it a new lease on life.

You’ll need:
  • A scarf (cotton, at least 1.2m long and 0.5m wide)
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread to match scarf

Fold the scarf in half lengthways.

Sew along each side from where the ends meet up, leaving a 0.5cm seam allowance. Leave about 15-20cm for the armhole.

Below is a pretty crappy picture of the above steps, with the red lines representing where you’d sew.

And… that’s it. This is how it would look when you put it on. (Minds out of the gutters, please and thank you.)

It made for a great cover up when it was too hot to wear a tee but felt my arms needed a bit more coverage.

It’s also great for the beach to protect the shoulders.

Did I mention how easy peasy it was?

Of course, if DIYing isn’t for you, here are some shoppable options.

Hope you enjoyed this super super quick DIY! Let me know if you did this by commenting below, I’d love to see yours!

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6 thoughts on “Quick DIY/Refashion: Scarf to Cocoon Kimono

  1. I love this idea! I’ve seen a new sew way to do it where you tie the ends together but that just annoyed me. I have a cocoon style kimono like this I like so it would be good to give this a try with one of my scarves…will have a think when I unbox them all next year, I’ve already cleared out some of my winter stuff from my wardrobe and put it in storage.

    1. Thanks Mica! I haven’t heard of the no-sew version before, but I would imagine it would be a little annoying with the knots. I’d seen so many handmade crocheted versions that I thought it would be pretty easy to transfer the idea to a scarf!

    1. Thanks Ruth! I’m thinking of doing this to another scarf I don’t wear too much – seems a shame to just let it sit there!

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