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Christmas shopping at The African Fabric Shop

  • Last posting day: Friday 21 December
  • First posting day in 2019: Wednesday 2 January
  • Website open throughout Christmas holidays

You can continue browsing and shopping online right through the Christmas holidays - of course! We'll be busy updating the website with fabrics from our latest travels to Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire and The Gambia.

Welcome to the African Fabric Shop

Magie Relph and Bob Irwin travel extensively all over Africa searching out fabulous textiles, beads and baskets.

Every time we unpack our bags, we add new temptations to the website. Enjoy!

We are co-organisers of eight World Textile Days around the UK in 2019.

Bolga basket array: Pot basket, fan, round market basket and Nyariga shopping basket

Browse our NEW Bolga baskets for Christmas

We're just back from Ghana with some stunning new baskets to tempt you: plus a heap of very cool Bolga fans.

Pot baskets | Fans | Round market baskets | Nyariga shopping baskets | BIG laundry baskets

African Adventure Shoulder Bag Kit © Dorothy Deane

NEW African Adventure Shoulder Bag Kit

Our bag lady - sorry, Dot! - is always experimenting with new bag ideas.

Taking inspiration from our African fabrics, she cuts and fits and trims and adjusts and stitches away until...

Bingo! Another new bag kit lands on our doorstep.

Kit includes all the fabrics you need to make this colourful and functional shoulder bag using a random selection of our African fabrics, with full easy-to-follow instructions. Wadding not included.

Designed by Dorothy Deane exclusively for The African Fabric Shop.

View and buy: African Adventure Shoulder Bag Kit

Half Metre Challenge pack: five new colourways available

Our half metre challenge

What can YOU make with:

  • One half metre of hand-dyed African batik
  • One 16 metre skein of Perle No 8 embroidery thread, hand-dyed in South Africa
  • And a bag of colour co-ordinated recycled beads from Ghana


  • Experiment... break some rules... and get creative
  • Take some inspiration from the sample pieces here on our website

We have five great new Half Metre Challenge packs on the website to tempt you. Great colours, great fabrics, great colour co-ordinated threads and embellishments.

View and buy: Half Metre Challenge packs

Can we bring the shop to you? Magie and Bob at World Textile Day in Frodsham, 2018

We'd love to come to your group

Have you noticed we've cut down on the big shows? We've only got Festival of Quilts left. Here's why.

From our World Textile Days, we've discovered something important about running a small scale, fair trade business. We're not just selling fabrics, beads and baskets. We're communicating our experiences and our passion for what we do directly to you.

So instead of big shows, we'd rather bring our mobile shop to you. These types of events are perfect for what we're talking about:

  • Guild regional and area days
  • Quilt groups
  • Embroiderers' Guilds
  • Spinners, Weavers and Dyers Guilds
  • Textile and costume groups

Invite Magie as a speaker and we'll bring the shop with us!

More info: Talks by Magie Relph

Elephants for Musa © Alison Farmer:
One of the many quilts for sale online and in the shop on 1 December

Online Quilt Sale & Christmas Shop Open Day

1 December

Help us raise money for Musa's clinic

Beginning Saturday 1 December 2018 - in conjunction with our Christmas Shop Open Day- you can help raise money for the Sukuta Health Centre in The Gambia.

It's easy! Just buy one of our modestly priced small quilts donated by Magie, Isobel, Alison and Steph. Treat yourself or a friend for Christmas and help Musa's clinic.

  • Online sale begins 1 December and closes on 30 December
  • Christmas Shop Open Day is 1 December, 10 am - 4 pm

Website link to our online quilt sale

IMPORTANT:This link will not go live until 1 December @ midnight. If you click it before that date, the page will not be found. 

Go to: Online Quilt Sale

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