15 African Print Fashion DIYs to Try | Thriftanista in the City


15 African Print Fashion DIYs to Try

I am a big fan of the colorful patterns and styles that african print fabrics come in. It's so versatile and has many uses including clothing, jewelry, home decor and more. I have to say there was a time when I was afraid to cut into it because I didn't want to muck it up.  Over the years, I've learned that it's a very forgiving fabric that's easy to work with. The natural fibers cut well and sew up easily. Also, the prints are very affordable.

dashiki maxi dress

African Print Fabric DIY Ideas

Maxi Dress - dashiki print is perfect for simple mommy and me matching dresses.
Caftan - this is really all you need to wear all summer long. It's loose fitting and so comfortable.

Circle Skirt - the simplest of sewing patterns look great when using a bright and bold ankara print.
Stretchy Pencil Skirt - no pattern necessary for two rectangle stitched together.
Maxi Skirt - easy skirt to make and easy skirt to wear. Elastic waist skirts are my fave.

Off the Shoulder Top - show off the shoulders with a color dashiki print top.

dashiki off the shoulder top

Walking Shorts - step up a basic sewing pattern with a vibrant ankara print. Tie the hair up and make a humongous statement ankara print bow to match the walking shorts.

ankara shorts diy

Fabric Bracelets - use every scrap of your beautiful fabric with a whole arm of soft, moldable bangles.
Long Earrings - more uses for african print scrap fabric. Just like the bangles you make these in bulk and give as gifts!
Button Earrings - Super easy to make and they can be made in a number of different sizes.

ankara bracelets

Duster Coat - long and regal jacket to wear on chilly summer nights or to add some coverage to a crop top.
Kimono - Super easy to make. Great as a jacket or a beach cover up. Add a belt and it's a dress.

african print jacket

Upcycled Sandals - update old, thrift shoes with a bit of ankara fabric and the ever faithful Mod Podge.
Upcycled Skirt - find a stretchy thrift store skirt and add african print fabrics for a simple refashion.

ankara pencil skirt

Most of my african print fabric were purchased in Uganda but there are sources available online via Etsy. If you know of a good site to purchase african print fabric, feel free to share in comments.

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