DIY Poolside Pattern Kimonos

Keep cute and cool with these DIY Poolside Pattern Kimonos! We’ve got free downloadable patterns in flamingo, eye, and leaf prints

DIY poolside pattern kimonos - sugar & cloth

After being on the hunt for the perfect kimono that didn’t have fringe longer than my entire body or overly weird florals from top to bottom, I have finally decided to make my own.

You can wear this for a glam meets poolside fun vibe with Luxe Poolside Entertaining.

If you’re feeling extra sassy, accessorize with a bright Retro DIY Floral Floppy Hat!

To start, I needed the actual kimono itself which I found in the form of what Amazon calls a “sheer cardigan”. No clue why considering it has no buttons or closures is knee length and is almost totally sheer.

Alas, I refuse to bite the hand that feeds my Amazon Prime addiction. So I’ll let them call it whatever they want. Around here though, we’re going to call it a DIY Poolside Pattern Kimono!

DIY poolside pattern kimonos - sugar & cloth

Materials Needed to Make a DIY Poolside Pattern Kimono

Sheer kimono/cardigan — The ones I found are sold out but you can find similar ones here, here, and here.

Fabric transfer paper for light fabrics — I used about 3.5 sheets of paper per kimono.

Iron

Scissors

DIY poolside pattern kimonos - sugar & cloth

Free Digital Pattern Downloads

Flamingo Print

Eye Print

Leaf Print

*Downloads are for personal use only and are not to be redistributed or sold.

DIY poolside pattern kimonos - sugar & cloth

How To Make A DIY Poolside Pattern Kimono

Once you’ve printed the designs onto fabric transfer sheets, it’s really as easy as cutting them out and ironing them on. That said, I DO have some tips I learned along the way.

Step 1 — I ironed my designs for about 30 seconds longer than the instructions said, and it worked MUCH better.

Step 2 — I also peeled the adhesive backing off of the designs before they cooled onto the fabric which meant I didn’t get weird glossy edges as bad.

Step 3 — If you cut around the edges of the design as closely as possible (this is easiest for the leaves), it gives a far better outcome as far as avoiding the crafty-looking clear transfer border.

DIY poolside pattern kimonos - sugar & cloth

Before I ironed anything on though, I made a place where I wanted to design to go to get an idea of the general spacing beforehand, which saved me a ton of time once I realize how many more designs we’d have to cut if I made the pattern closer together!

DIY poolside pattern kimonos - sugar & cloth

DIY poolside pattern kimonos - sugar & cloth

DIY poolside pattern kimonos - sugar & cloth

By the time I realized what a time suck this project was after making two kimonos (too honest?) I gave up on the eye print. But I decided to offer it here for you still just in case someone preferred it best!

Now the only catch is that you have to enjoy your new kimono verrrry carefully because it’s hand wash only. Muahaha! Just kidding, we all know that’s not funny, especially for me and my clumsy self.

DIY poolside pattern kimonos - sugar & cloth

Styling Sources

— Chocolate bars from Compartes

— Leaf print towel from H&M

— Cool graphic face masks from Artifact Skin Co.

Astro turf from Home Depot

 

And that’s how you make your own kimono! It was so easy and fun, and I can’t wait to wear it all summer long!

And there is nothing better than a DIY Pom Pom Tassel Circle Pool bag to complete a girl’s summer wardrobe.

I’m excited to start wearing mine poolside this summer! How about you? What are your plans for styling your new DIY kimono?

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DIY poolside pattern kimonos - sugar & cloth

DIY Poolside Pattern Kimono

Print
5 from 1 vote
Make a stylish kimono to wear by the pool using this easy-to-follow tutorial.
Active Time40 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course DIY
Category Style & Beauty

Equipment

  • Iron
  • Scissors

Materials

Free Digital Pattern Downloads

Notes

  • Before I ironed anything on though, I made a place where I wanted to design to go to get an idea of the general spacing beforehand, which saved me a ton of time once I realize how many more designs we’d have to cut if I made the pattern closer together!

Instructions

  • Iron the designs for about 30 seconds longer than the instructions said, and it worked MUCH better.
  • Peeled the adhesive backing off of the designs before they cooled onto the fabric so you can't get weird glossy edges as bad.
  • Cut around the edges of the design as closely as possible (this is easiest for the leaves), it gives a far better outcome as far as avoiding the crafty-looking clear transfer border.
Cost: $20
KEYWORD: diy poolside pattern kimono

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19 thoughts on “DIY Poolside Pattern Kimonos”

  1. I tried to find the kimono on amazon. Maybe they are sold out but I could not find the one you purchased. Can you tell me which one it was? I really love the style and thought I’d try one on my own.

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  2. This looks amazing! I wish I’d seen this earlier – I’m about to go on a beach holiday and I’ve been searching and searching for a kimono I love with no luck! The patterns are gorgeous xx
    http://crafternooncabaretclub.com

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  3. Oh my goodness. These are beyond cute and totally easy! I personally adore the flamingos.

    www.annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com

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  4. The flamingo one is so rad! I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect kimono as well so thanks for the links to some awesome inexpensive ones :D

    Vanessa
    http://cafecraftea.blogspot.com

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  5. can i hire you to make me a flamingo one! :)
    i seriously love this!

    just bought the kimono and will be using this when i go to vegas. which is just as awesome because i will be staying at the Flamingo so you know which one im going to fail at attempting! :D

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  6. These turned out so well! I’ve never tried anything with fabric transfers…you make it look easy, though. Such a cute and inspiring DIY :)

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  7. Love the flamingo one! These are great and look better than a lot of the “kimonos” they have out there! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  8. Definitely taking in the summer with all these bright clothes and flamingos!

    PS. that would make scary looking macaron with the eye template. I think I might try it. :o

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