How to Add Stripes to a Tallit Bag with Inset Fabric Strips
Projects and Tutorials / Tallit

How to Add Stripes to a Tallit Bag with Inset Fabric Strips

Here’s a nifty way to add stripes to a zippered tallit bag. I recently created this tallit bag of heavy gabardine for a client, and added stripes of blue Dupioni silk to match the corner pieces that were on the tallit (I wish I had a photo of the tallit to show you, but alas, … Continue reading

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Thread Is the New Neutral
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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

About Sew Jewish
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About Sew Jewish

We finally posted an About page. Here’s an excerpt: …My design philosophy is to use simple techniques and quality materials and to craft items that will last a long time. In large measure, I want things to last because I see sewing as an important part of building a sustainable future for my family and … Continue reading

The Joys of Mending
Spiritual Audacity

The Joys of Mending

Nick Thorpe suggests that maybe the solution to feeling unsatisfied with material things is to love our things even more: If Western consumer culture sometimes resembles a bulimic binge in which we taste and then spew back things that never quite nourish us, the ascetic, anorexic alternative of rejecting materialism altogether will leave us equally … Continue reading

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