Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Fabric Origami Kimono Tutorial

At one of our recent Ogden NG meeting Jackie taught us an origami technique to make little fabric kimonos!
Below I've posted a step by step tutorial so you can make one (or two, or three...) yourself! Super quick and easy - they are a minimal effort/major reward project. Great stash buster!

Fabric Origami Kimono Tutorial

All seam allowances 1/4 inch
Cut fabric:
(1) 16 x 9 main fabric (for body)
(1) 16 x 9 contrasting fabric (for sleeves)
(2)  2 x 9 strips from 3rd fabric (for collar)

body fabric + lapel strip

sleeve fabric + collar strip

With Right Sides Together sew 1 collar strip to each of the larger fabric squares. Press seams.

Sew fabrics RST. Leave an opening at the bottom for turning.

Turn right side out and press. Slip stitch opening closed.

With "sleeve" fabric side up fold collar in half and press.
(* fold towards the fabric that you want to be the sleeves)

Turn fabric over, "body" fabric side up. Fold bottom up 3 1/2 inches. Press.

Turn over again, "sleeve" fabric side up. Bring folded bottom edge up to the collar seam and press.

Fold in half to find center, press lightly

Measure 3/8 inch from center crease on one side

Fold down top corner to 3/8 inch mark. Press.

Repeat on other side.

Fold outer edge in to meet lapel edge. Repeat on other side.

Tuck edges under collar 

Slide your finger into the "sleeve" and tug outwards slightly.

Adjust as necessary. Press.

Add beads, charms or buttons to embellish the lapel.

If your making a quilted wall hanging,
you'll want to mount your Kimono on the quilted background for stability. 
Use either fabric glue or using a slip stitch.

Have fun!
If you do make one be sure to link to it in the comments section!

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