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Stash-Busting with Alida from Alida Makes

Today I have an awesome woman to introduce to you. It's Alida from Alida Makes! She's got an eye for fabulous like this bow keyhole sweater tutorial and her hand-drawn printed shirt. Also, she has some of her scraps for sell, so head over to buy them!
A few months ago my husband went to Zambia. He brought me back all of this beautiful African fabric called "chitenge".  
The people of Zambia use chitenge for many different purposes. They can be tied into sacks, 
Used as baby wraps,
And also tied around the waist as skirts!
This woman is making nshima, a cornmeal based food that they serve with dried fish.  

Didn't know you were going to get a geography lesson today did you? Sorry, what can I say, I'm a nerd and I find Zambia and it's people fascinating.  

Ok, back to the chitenge. I have been staring at them ever since my hubby got back wondering what in the world to do with them.  They are so beautiful, bright, and bold. I love them so much! I kept thinking "I can't use them, they're too lovely to cut into!"  I have that problem a lot. I'm drawn to large, bold prints and then when I get them I can't figure out what to make with them. Do you do that too?
So what do you do when you have a beautiful, boldly printed fabric and can't figure out what to make with it? Well I suppose you could sit them on a shelf and stare at them every day, but that would be a shame because darn it fabric is made to be USED! I chose to make mine into a shorts jumper. No matter how crazy and bold a pattern is, a kid can pull it off!
BONUS: chitenge has a coating that makes it repel water. It soaks it up like cotton but it dries in minutes! Perfect for a Summer outfit!
Another way to use a crazy print is a head wrap. Go HERE to see this easy tutorial!

Thanks so much for visiting, Alida! That fabric print is so bright and beautiful! It's sweet that your husband got it for you, and that you found two awesome ways to use it!


  1. Wow, that fabric really is beautiful! Brownie points for hubby!

  2. oh my gosh! you are so talented, but these are the cutest thing i've ever seen on your site! she looks SO adorable in these!

  3. So beautiful. Kids can really pull it off. I think it is because they are so bold themselves.


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