Mini Kimonos

Cover poster board kimono shapes with Asian fabrics, ribbons, and trims. Stand them with greenery on the mantle.

What You Need:

Decorate tables and ledges with these adorable mini kimonos.
  • Tracing paper
  • Poster board
  • Metal-edge ruler
  • Crafts knife
  • 1/8 yard each of two Asian fabrics for each kimono
  • Crafts glue
  • Disposable tray
  • 3-inch-wide paint roller
  • 1/4-inch- to 1-1/2-inch-wide trims


1. Download the free pattern for this project (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software).

Kimono patterns

Adobe Acrobat

2. Trace the kimono front, kimono back, and sleeve patterns onto tracing paper, including the score lines and the short and medium length lines; cut out. To create medium or short kimonos, fold the tracing paper patterns along the line for the desired size.

3. Trace one back, one front, one front reversed, one sleeve, and one sleeve reversed onto the poster board; cut out the pieces. Using the metal-edged ruler and crafts knife, very lightly score the poster board pieces as indicated. Bend the pieces along the scored lines.

4. Select fabrics for the kimono front and back and for the sleeves. Lay out the fabrics on a flat work surface. Pour a small amount of crafts glue into a disposable tray, and lightly coat the 3-inch roller with a layer of glue.

5. Coat the scored side of the kimono back with a light layer of glue. Place the back, glue side down, on the selected fabric, allowing for 1/2-inch of fabric around the poster board shape. Turn the shape/fabric over and smooth the fabric onto the poster board, taking extra care at the edges. Trim the fabric even with the tab edges and 3/8-inch beyond all the remaining edges. Repeat for the kimono fronts and sleeves, using the second fabric for the sleeves.

6. Glue and wrap the 3/8-inch-wide fabric edges around to the wrong side of the shapes, clipping the fabric as needed to lay flat. Crisply fold each piece on the scored lines.

7. Apply glue to the fabric-side of Tab A on one of the kimono fronts. Press the tab onto the wrong side of the kimono back with the bottom edges even as shown in Diagram 1. Repeat with the remaining front. Let the glue dry.

8. Apply glue to the fabric side of Tab B on one sleeve and press the tab onto the wrong side of the kimono back, aligning the shoulder score lines. Repeat for the second sleeve; let dry.

9. Slip Tab C between the sleeve tabs so Tab C overlaps Tab D. Glue the overlapping area of Tab C to Tab D as shown in Diagram 2. Repeat for the second sleeve; let dry.

10. Fold the sleeve down along the shoulder score line and bring the kimono front forward. Apply glue to the fabric-side of Tabs C and D and press the tabs onto the wrong side of the kimono front. Repeat for the second sleeve; let the glue dry.

11. Fold the bottom of a sleeve along the score lines. Apply glue to the fabric side of Tab E and press the tab onto the wrong side of the sleeve back. Bring the two score lines at the bottom of the sleeve together and crease firmly, creating a fold inside the sleeve as shown in Diagram 3.

12. Glue assorted trims along the bottom edges of the sleeve, and along the center front and neck edges of the kimono.


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