How to Make African Kids Clothing

Updated July 13, 2018

African kids' clothing can be quite eye-catching with many bold colours, designs, and simple lines. Whether you want African kids' clothing for church, an Afrocentric event, or just for fun, you have probably discovered that it not easy to find if you are away from the continent. Sewing outfits for your children can be a wonderful alternative to buying African outfits already made from a vendor. Your African kids' clothing designs will be more meaningful to your children, more catered to their individual personalities, and better fitting than anything you might be able to find in a store in person or online.

Locate a pattern for a basic dashiki and trousers. Most fabric stores will carry these basic patterns but you may also be able to find a simple pattern online free of charge. Look at the pictures on the pattern and the material requirements to be sure that it is the correct pattern for your needs.

Purchase authentic African fabrics through a local import store. If you do not have a store in your area, check a major metropolitan area such as Chicago, Atlanta, or New York. It might be worth a weekend trip in order to find the quality and pattern of fabric that truly fits the clothing you want to make for your children. If you absolutely cannot find authentic African fabrics in person, then order them online, making sure that the vendor has a good return policy in the event that you are not satisfied with the quality of the material.

Measure your child and make any necessary alterations to the pattern you purchased. One of the benefits of making African kids clothing yourself is that your child's outfit will be perfectly fitted to his or her body.

Sew your child's dashiki and trousers according to the instructions on the pattern. Allow plenty of time to complete your sewing project. Taking your time will result in a higher-quality finished product.

Conduct a fitting after you have finished sewing the African outfit. This will allow you to make any last-minute alterations to the garments before they are worn. Once these alterations are completed, your child will be ready to wear his or her outfit to church, school, or to a special event.


Do not buy cheaply-made printed material at a regular fabric store, which will look more like a costume than true clothing.

Things You'll Need

  • Patterns
  • Authentic fabrics
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Anne Kinsey is a writer, business woman, minister and coach who is passionate about inspiring others to walk out their career dreams and believe in possibilities. She resides in rural North Carolina with her husband and three children, where they enjoy the great outdoors and serve at-risk youth together.