Chuppahs / Weddings

Making a wedding chuppah that feels like home

wedding chuppah birch frame

Source: Interfaith Family

Are you thinking about making a wedding chuppah? Earlier this summer InterfaithFamily asked me to write a guest post about chuppahs –the various styles, where to find one, and tips for making one– based on my work at InterfaithFamily, if you’re not familiar with the organization, provides Jewish resources for interfaith couples and families.

For Sew Jewish readers who are thinking about making a chuppah, I thought I’d post a few of the top tips from the post here:

Choosing fabric:

“Choose fabric that is lightweight, doesn’t stretch, and looks good from both sides.”

On poles:

“Generally, poles that are seven to eight feet tall work well for small to medium sized canopies, although you’ll also find taller versions for a dramatic look.”

On canopies that are large or heavy:

“If the canopy is large or heavy, make sleeves on the edges of the canopy to fit into supports running across the top of the chuppah frame.”

You can find all the tips and the full blog post at


Maria BywaterMaria Bywater is the author of Sew Jewish: The 18 Projects You Need for Jewish Holidays, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebrations, and Home. She teaches hands-on Judaica sewing workshops.