Menorah wall hanging with pockets for gelt
Posted 15 December, 2012on:
My plan: to make a wall hanging depicting a chanukah menorah (chanukiah) with flames that would fold up as you “lit” them each night, revealing a small pocket in which to find a piece of gelt (chocolate coin).
What happened first: my original design (which I thought was quite elegant) did not have candles wide enough to accommodate the chocolate coins I wanted to hide in them, and if I scaled the design up so that the candles were wide enough, the entire thing was simply way too big. So I turned that design into a challah cover.
What happened next: I ended up making a wall hanging dictated by the width of the candles and the design was a lot less glamorous, at least in part because I made it up as I went along rather than starting with a pattern. I used clear plastic press-studs to hold up the flames.
It took me a day or two to design/cut/machine sew the thing together and about 5 weeks to make myself hand sew 18 press-stud pieces. If I was making it again (which, trust me, I am not going to do) I would change quite a bit. But it does hold gelt, which makes it extremely popular with the youngest member of the household; and if she’s happy then I’m happy too.