DIY Kimono Cardigan from Infinity Scarf

Thursday, May 7, 2015


I don't know about you, but whenever there's one of those new fashion trends that looks so cute on everyone else, I immediately want to jump on the banwagon and buy one. The problem with trends is that they always come and then they always go. So buying into every single "it" trend of the moment can really end up being expensive! I'd like to show you that with a little bit of time and a few materials, you can make your own trendy Kimono cardigan from an infinity scarf!

 


I have had this beautifully soft infinity scarf for a few years now. I bought it at H&M for probably around $10-$15 and used it a ton over the years, honestly haven't worn it much since last spring and the whole infinity scarf trend has kind of faded. I started looking at it's beautiful floral print in the colors that I love so much for spring (yellow and pink pastels) and decided to re-construct it into my own custom Kimono cardigan. 

To make your own Kimono cardigan, you will need the following:
15 minutes of free time
Large Infinity Scarf
Good fabric Shears/Scissors
Sewing machine and thread (or you could do this by hand but it may take a while)
Measuring tape/ruler
To start, I first needed to decide if I wanted my finished cardigan to be long or shorter since my scarf was a rectangle. I made my decision just by holding it up to myself in the mirror so I could tell if I was going to make it work horizontally or vertically (see photo below) 


Also since I am starting with an infinity scarf, it is already sewed into a tube and I needed to take this into consideration before deciding on the fabric's orientation for the project. (Also, be warry of where the tag is on your scarf. I made sure mine was going to stay on the inside, which meant turning the whole scarf inside out before sewing.)

Next, I measured the "open" sides and divded that length by 3 and marked the opening at the 2/3 point with a sewing pin. I then sewed 2/3 of the opening shut with my machine, leaving 1/3 open to be the arm hole. I repeated this on the other open side as well. **Since my fabric was very thin and somewhat delicate, I found that using the "zigzag" stich on my machine worked best. The straight stitch caused the fabric to bunch and ruffle** 


Then, I cut open what was the to be "bottom" of the cardigan. I used my husband's helpful hand for this step [thanks babe!]. 


Then I folded the cardigan in half so I could mark the middle with a sewing pin. I took out my good scissors again and cut from the bottom to the top to create the cardigan's front opening. Once at the top, I measured 8 inches horizontally (4 inches to the left and 4 inches to the right of the line you just cut) and cut here to create the neck opening. Then I folded this fabric open (a bit like a lapel on a blazer) to have more of a drapped neck opening. I just eyeballed the look of this and tried to make it as symetrical as possible, but if you're really Type A you could measure this out and iron it down as well. 


Aften pinning the lapel down, I cut them off and voila! 


All I had to do was finish all the edges with a quick hem by running it through my sewing machine... and that's literally it!!! Super easy right?! I mean, for no cost of materials (assuming you already have a scarf you can use) you can have a brand new on trend Kimono Cardigan for FREE! I don't know about you, but I am in love with the look of this flowy bohemian cardiagn and I can't wait to get tons of use out of it this Spring and Summer. 


Thanks Hubby for all your photo skillz

I hope you all get to try making one yourself and if you do please show me your creations in the comments below! 

Thanks for reading!

Blissfully Ever Crafting,
Jennifer Lynn


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