9 Spring DIY African Fabric Craft Ideas For the Home

9 spring diy home decor ideas with african fabric
Spring is a season of renewal and growth, and what better way to celebrate it than with some vibrant updates to your home. DIY home updates you can do yourself with African fabrics.
African fabrics (aka Ankara fabrics) are known for their bold patterns and bright colors, making them the perfect choice for adding some fun and flair to your spring décor. Whether you're a seasoned crafter or just starting out, these 9 African fabric diy craft ideas for the home are perfect for spring.
I curated a list of craft project ideas that will get your creative juices flowing and spark a journey into creative discovery so let's dive in and get inspired.

9 Spring DIY African Fabric Craft Ideas For the Home

9. Ankara Fabric Storage Bins

african fabric storage bin

Photo: LollyKiks

A place for everything and everything in its place. A popular saying that you'll adopt with these beautiful African print fabric storage bins. Play around with the outer and lining fabric to create your own colorful storage solution.

Fabric storage bins are a great DIY organization idea for spring because you can make them as large or small as you like depending on how you plan to use them. Place one on your bathroom counter to hold nicknacks and makeup or make a large storage bin for laundry or your yoga gear.

Cool thing about fabric bins is there's plenty of sewing patterns available or you can free style and make your own.


8. African Print Fabric Table Runner


blue african print fabric table runner


African print fabric table runners are perfect for adding a pop of color and texture to your dining space, while also celebrating the rich culture and history of Africa.

Making an African print table runner is an easy way to incorporate this style into your home decor. Lay the table runner down the center of your table, or  diagonally across the table for a more dramatic effect. Pair it with neutral-colored plates and cutlery to let the runner stand out, or mix and match with colorful plates for a more eclectic look.

Another great thing about African print table runners is that they are versatile enough to work with a variety of decor styles. Whether your aesthetic is bohemian, modern, or traditional, there is an African print fabric pattern that will complement your style perfectly.

Don't be afraid to to mix and match patterns. A patchwork table runner made with smaller sized African fabric scraps would be just as unique.


7. African Print Fabric Throw Pillows 

diy pillow with african print fabric


One easy and stylish way to freshen up your home for spring is by tossing some African print fabric throw pillows into your living room or bedroom.

Throw pillows are a great way to incorporate African print fabrics into your decor without overwhelming the room. They are easy to swap out with the seasons or whenever you feel like refreshing your space. Simply choose a few fabrics in different prints and colors, and mix and match them with solid-colored pillows for a fun and eclectic look.

African print fabric throw pillows are also a great DIY project because it doesn't require a lot of complicated sewing and you don't have to use a zipper. There's lots of DIY no sew or envelope pillow tutorials out there to help you.


6. Ankara Fabric Wall Art

framed african fabric wall art


A no sew spring decor idea is framed or stretched African print fabric. This is one of my favorite ways to decorate with African fabric because it's easy, unique and a vibrant way to decorate your walls. 

You can stretch African fabric on a canvas frame. This method involves using a staple gun to attach the fabric to a wooden frame, creating a clean and polished look that's easy to hang on your walls. You can choose to use one large piece of fabric as a focal point or create a gallery wall by combining several smaller pieces.

A second way to display African print fabric as wall art is to frame it. This method involves using a picture frame to encase the fabric, creating a more traditional and polished look. You can choose to use a simple black or white frame for a minimalist look or choose a more ornate frame for a more dramatic effect.

Can you image the beautiful gallery wall you can create with framed or stretched Ankara fabric. The possibilites are endless and easy to do. 


5. Ankara Fabric Door Wreath

african fabric door wreath
Photo: Evelyncreationinc

Welcome your guests over this spring with color and culture! Consider making a DIY door wreath using African print fabric scraps. Not only is this a fun and creative project, but it also adds a unique touch to your home decor.

Whether you have a small or large porch, adding some seasonal decor can create a welcoming and inviting atmosphere for your family and guests.

An African fabric door wreath is a classic and timeless piece of decor that you can customize for any season or occasion. For spring, consider making a fabric door wreath using colorful and patterned fabrics.

You can use a wreath form, or create your own using wire or foam. To make a fabric wreath, simply cut fabric strips and tie them onto the form until it's completely covered.

Not only is this DIY African print fabric door wreath a great way to add some color and personality to your home decor, but it's also a fun project to do with friends and family.


4. African Print Bunting 

african print fabric bunting

 Photo: ChitengeCrafts

Spring is the perfect time to bring some color and cheer to your outdoor spaces too, and what better way to do it than with African print fabric bunting. This decorative item is easy to make, versatile, and can be used in a variety of settings.

Use indoors on your mantle, bookshelf or child's room for a playful, whimsical vibe. Or bring your outdoor space to life by decorating your a pergola or gazebo.  If you have a pergola or gazebo in your backyard, add some color and interest by hanging African print fabric bunting from the rafters. The bunting will create a festive atmosphere for outdoor gatherings and events.

If you instead have a fence hang bunting on the fence: use bunting to dress up a plain wooden or metal fence. Hang the bunting in between the fence posts to create a colorful border for your backyard.

Making African print fabric bunting is easy and can be done with just a few basic supplies like fabric, scissors, string, and a sewing machine (or fabric glue if you prefer a no-sew option). Cut the fabric into triangles and sew (or glue) the triangles onto the string. Hang your bunting wherever you'd like to add a touch of color and cheer. 


3. Fabric Covered Plant Pots

african fabric flower pots

Photo: The MotherlandPlug

Jazz up your plain terra cotta plant pots by covering them in colorful African fabric. Ankara fabric flower pots are a fun and easy DIY project that will add a pop of color and pattern to your home or garden. With just a few supplies and a little creativity, you can create beautiful and unique flower pots that will brighten up any space.

We love this DIY project because it's easy, affordable, and will add a unique one of a kind touch to your indoor or outdoor spaces. 

Simply cut the fabric to size and use a decoupage glue or mod podge to adhere it to the terracotta pot.


2. African Fabric Patchwork Quilt

african fabric patchwork quilt

Photo: YahsoSpecial

Looking to infuse your home with warmth, culture, and a touch of DIY charm? Look no further than African fabric patchwork quilts.

These vibrant creations not only add a pop of color to any room but also tell a story of tradition and craftsmanship. With their bold patterns and rich textures, African fabrics such as Ankara, Kente, and Mud Cloth are perfect for creating eye-catching patchwork designs.

What makes these quilts even more appealing is their simplicity as a DIY project. Whether you're a seasoned quilter or a novice crafter, piecing together squares of African fabric is a straightforward yet rewarding endeavor. Plus, with endless possibilities for customization, you can tailor your quilt to reflect your unique style and personality. So, roll up your sleeves, unleash your creativity, and embark on a journey to transform your home with a stunning African fabric patchwork quilt.


1. African fabric lampshade

green white african print fabric lamp shade
Photo: Nifeteenest

Give your old lamp a fresh look with a DIY African fabric lampshade. 

There are many different African fabrics to choose from, each with its own unique patterns and colors. Look for fabrics with bright and bold colors, such as oranges, pinks, and yellows, that will add a pop of color to your space. Consider the scale of the pattern as well, as some fabrics have smaller or larger patterns that can make a big impact. 

Consider the style of your lamp as well. African fabric lamp shades work well with a variety of lamp styles, but you'll want to consider the shape and size of your lamp before choosing fabrics.

Drum shades are a popular choice for African fabric shades because they allow the fabric's patterns to be fully displayed. However, you can also choose other shapes such as bell or empire shades. You can also mix and match different lamp bases to create a unique and personalized look.

All you need is a lamp shade frame (or your existing lamp shade), some Ankara fabric, and a hot glue gun. Simply wrap the fabric around the frame or shade and glue it in place. You can even experiment with different patterns and textures to create a one-of-a-kind shade.

Youtube is a great resource for more detailed instructions.


I hope you enjoyed these 9 Spring DIY African fabric scrap ideas for your home. Each one allows you to really explore your creative side and create something one of a kind unique to you and your style.

Whether you're a seasoned crafter or just starting out, each project idea is manageable, budget friendly and will add so much warmth, color and culture to your home. 
Which projects are you trying out? Let me know in the comments!
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1 comment

  • All such creative ideas! I’ve got to try the plant pot covers & bins – you can never have too much storage.

    N'Ckyola "Nikki" G

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