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African Kimono Sewn in No Time

Don't worry it's easy to look like an international African Queen by making an African fabric kimono with our visual and written no-sew directions.

International African Queen African Fabric Kimono

How to Make a No-Sew Ankara Kimono that will have you looking like an International African Queen.

See step-by-step instructions to make the fabulous unisex African fabric kimono with no-sew directions for beginners. In Japan the kimono was orginally called a kosode, a layer of clothing that was worn as undergarments. The kosode which did not have the voluminous sleeves orginally, slowly morphed into the origin of modern kimono we know today. The kimomo is a unisex piece of clothing worn by both men and women.

Kimonos come in infinite variations and this simple no-sew design you will need 1 ½-yards Ankara fabric measuring 45 inches wide. Before beginning to cut, give yourself plenty of room to work with good lighting, check to see if there is a right and wrong side of the fabric or if there is a one-way design.

African Fabric Kimono Supplies Needed.

1 ½ yard Ankara fabric
Permanent hem tape
Scissors
Fabric marking pen or chalk
Measuring tape
Iron with steam

Directions
Measure out your fabric using the dimensions below and cut, measure hem tape and iron close the side seams.


How to make an Ankara Kimono


Hem the front opening, sleeves and bottom edges by turning over the edges first with a ½ inch seam, ironing and folding over again ½ inch and ironing in place using permanent hem tape.

How to make an Ankara Kimono


You’re done boo!

Kimonos come in infinite variations of fabric.

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