Shabbat Candles as Challah Cover Symbol: A Delight
Challah Cover / Shabbat / Symbols

Shabbat Candles as Challah Cover Symbol: A Delight

No one quite knows anymore when the practice of lighting Shabbat candles began, but traditional sources agree that the practice reflects the prophet Isaiah’s appeal to “call the Sabbath a delight” (Isaiah 58:13). As Friday night falls, kindling the Shabbat candles creates light by which to enjoy the evening, especially the Friday night meal. No … Continue reading

The Almighty Shin
Symbols

The Almighty Shin

Shalom! The Hebrew letter that starts the word shalom, shin, often appears in Jewish design, particularly on ritual objects like tefillin boxes and mezuzah scroll covers. When used in Judaica, it traditionally stands for one of the names of God, Shaddai, which means Almighty. Shalom, Shin! [Image: Detail from mezuzah scroll cover project in Sew … 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

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

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