Thread Is the New Neutral
Purim

Thread Is the New Neutral

I honed my skills in the home economics school of sewing, which is mostly about sewing clothes and choosing threads to match your fabric. But last year I took my first quilting class [at The Happy Quilter in Valley Cottage, New York – since closed] and learned the virtues of working with neutral colored threads. … Continue reading

Need a Wedding Gift? Make a Challah Cover that Matches the Couple’s Dinnerware
Weddings

Need a Wedding Gift? Make a Challah Cover that Matches the Couple’s Dinnerware

Find yourself looking at any wedding registries lately? How about using that registry as inspiration for a unique, handmade wedding gift: a challah cover that coordinates with the couple’s china pattern? The cover can become a highlight of the couple’s Shabbat and holiday table decor, covering the two loaves of challah bread, for years. Start … Continue reading

How to Sew the Pomegranate Atarah for a Tallit | Video Tutorial
Bar-Bat Mitzvah / Projects and Tutorials / Tallit / Video

How to Sew the Pomegranate Atarah for a Tallit | Video Tutorial

Add a beautiful silk atarah (neckpiece) to your handmade tallit. We show you how in this video tutorial to accompany the new pomegranate-themed atarah pattern. The tutorial includes lots of details and tips for doing machine applique with silk, so even if you’re a beginning sewing enthusiast you can create a lovely atarah that makes … Continue reading

New Sewing Pattern in the Shop: Pomegranate Atarah for a Tallit
Atarah / Bar-Bat Mitzvah / Patterns / Tallit

New Sewing Pattern in the Shop: Pomegranate Atarah for a Tallit

Our newest addition to the Sew Jewish Shop is a pomegranate-themed atarah (neckpiece) and corner pieces for a tallit. The pattern comes with step-by-step instructions and illustrations as well as lots of tips, so even beginning sewers can get great results. Visit the Sew Jewish Shop for the pomegranate atarah pattern. Maria Bywater is the … Continue reading

Here’s an Easy Way to Sew Tzitzit Holes in Your Tallit [Video]
Bar-Bat Mitzvah / Projects and Tutorials / Video

Here’s an Easy Way to Sew Tzitzit Holes in Your Tallit [Video]

When you’re sewing a tallit, making holes in the corners for the tzitzit strings can be tricky if your sewing machine can’t make eyelet circles automatically. We’ve come to the rescue with a technique you can use with any sewing machine. This video explains. It’s full of details and tips, so even beginning sewists can … Continue reading

To Easily Sew a Neat Tzitzit Hole on Your Tallit, Don’t Make a Circle, Make a Hexagon [Free Printable Pattern]
Bar-Bat Mitzvah / Free Patterns / Projects and Tutorials

To Easily Sew a Neat Tzitzit Hole on Your Tallit, Don’t Make a Circle, Make a Hexagon [Free Printable Pattern]

Update: You’ll find a video version of these instructions here. If your sewing machine has a setting that automatically creates nice, circular eyelets, that’s a great way to make reinforced holes for the tzitzit on the corners of your tallit (tallis, tallith). But if your sewing machine doesn’t have that capability, making neat circles using … Continue reading

Use Ribbon to Sew Favor Bags that Crush the Competition
Bar-Bat Mitzvah / Hanukkah / Holidays / Purim / Weddings

Use Ribbon to Sew Favor Bags that Crush the Competition

Planning a special celebration? You don’t have to settle for those ubiquitous plain organza favor bags. We’ll show you how to sew a set of unique favor bags using fabric ribbon. The ribbon’s pre-finished edges mean you can sew up a set of bags fast with just a few simple seams. For Hanukkah, fill them … Continue reading