Rosh Hashanah challah cover
Posted 30 August, 2013on:
New Year is just around the corner, and I have been very busy in the lead up this year!
Following on from my earlier Chanukah and family handprint challah covers, I have now made one for Rosh Hashanah. (I think I’ll be taking a break from challah covers for a while now!) As Rosh Hashanah challah is round, so so is this cover, and the fabrics depict or represent apples and honey, two traditional sweet foods eaten for the new year.
I don’t have much patchwork experience and I wanted something simple (read: foolproof) so I found a very easy looking idea on the internet: a circle made by sewing triangles together. I made a template out of cardboard, just a triangle with a 30 degree point. 12 “slices” x 30 degrees = 360 degrees aka a full circle. By cutting the point of each triangle off before sewing them together, I didn’t need to worry whether or not the points would meet up neatly.
As you can see, it is not particularly circular at the edge, but you cut it back later. (Make sure you cut your fabric larger than you think you’ll need so that it’s not too small when you trim and hem it.) Alternatively, you might be smart enough to cut the template with the right curve built in – but I was sticking with simple!
Next I appliqued a circle to go in the centre and cover that hole. I printed off the text for L’Shanah Tovah (literally “for a good year”) using a font called Frank Ruehl and traced around it to put the outline onto double sided iron-on adhesive. A fair degree of fiddly cutting out and ironing on later, it looked like this:
I used a bit more iron-on adhesive to stick the circle in the right place. Then it was just a case of stitching around the edges to make sure nothing falls off, EVER, and including a few beads for decorative effect.
Finally, I cut a circle of fabric for the back, trimmed the front to match, sewed the two faces together (you get the general idea…). Next job, relocating that really good Rosh Hashanah challah recipe I used last year.
I wish you and your loved ones L’Shanah Tovah – may you be inscribed in the book of life for a sweet and blessed year.