A kimono obi, a sash for traditional Japanese dress, is approximately 12 inches wide and 4 yards long. Wrap it around the torso for several times, and then tie it at the back as a pillow-like closure. However, how to make a kimono obi?
- Cut four stripes of interior fabric 13 x 37 inches. Note: if the pattern design on the fabric is large, you may need more than 4 yards of the upholstery fabric.
- Cut four strips of lining 12 x 36 inches. Cut four strips of the interfacing 11.5 x 35.5 inches if you use interfacing.
- According to the instructions on the package, you can adhere the interfacing to the lining. If you are using interfacing, please make sure there is 1/4 inch of lining extending beyond the interfacing on all four sides of your lining.
- Fold under the raw edges of the long sides of the lining 1/4 inch and iron it. If you are using interfacing, make sure that the liner will fold on a fixed interface when you fold and press.
- Pin two strips of upholstery fabric together at the short ends, and keep right sides facing. Use machine stitch to sew 1/2 inch from the raw edges until all the strips are stitched together and you have a length of four yards to measure the length of the fabric. Iron the seams.
- For the strips of lining fabric, please repeat step 5.
- Place the back of the lining on the back of the obi to match all seams, and make sure that the lining is fully centered perfectly. Thus, one half inch of upholstery fabric will extend beyond the lining along all the edges.
- Fold the raw edges of the upholstery fabric under twice, every 1/4 inch, and pin in place. Then, trim all loose threads.
- It is recommended to choose unique fabric such as one that has an embroidered design.
- For stiff upholstery fabric, you can ignore the interfacing.
- If you want more flexibility to your obi in order to make tying it easier, you can omit the interfacing.
- Before pressing your obi, you should test the heat of your iron on a small piece of scrap fabric.