Challah Cover Workshop

To make these challah covers we used burlap, white felt, colored chalk, scissors and glue. I cut the burlap ahead of time. Workshop participants removed strands along the perimeter to make a fringe as long or as short as desired. A line of glue stopped it from fraying any more. Designs were sketched onto the white felt, cut out, and glued into place. Colored chalk remnants blown away. Done!

Easy, inexpensive, rustic, unique. My daughter and I made the ones below and alternate with others we’ve made to make each Shabbat meal special….


Cut Paper Challah Cover

My latest challah cover design is inspired by an artwork I saw in a book entitled "Traditional Jewish Papercuts" by Joseph and Yehudit Shadur. It's a beautiful book, with highly informative text and descriptions. The papercut my illustration is based off of was a type of amulet called a "childbed letter". It was originally meant to hang on the nursery wall to thwart "the evil intents of the witch Lilith who carries off newborn infants"...  Where there were areas of text on the papercut, I substituted a sun, and in the rectangular shape flanked by lions, I inserted the word "Shabbat" in Hebrew.

Below you can see that I've experimented with three color combinations: red and yellow, purple and orange (with purple ball fringe), and the traditional blue and white. Do you have a preference?

In future variations, I may add facial features to the animals... Initially I thought that people might want to embroider these details in on their own to add their own personal touch, but either way, having them there can at least serve as a guide...

cut paper challah cover red and yellow
cut paper challah cover with ball fringe
rabkat-cut-paper-challah-cover-blue and white

New Challah Covers in Shop

Lately I've been wanting to experiment with different sewing styles and techniques - appliqué, patchwork, fabric stamping, etc... Even though I'm just playing around, I like the idea of actually making a finished piece. The challah cover is the perfect size for this, so it's become my focus. Here are three that I've just finished and added to my shop...

The first has a felt dove appliquéd onto a denim background with hand embroidered text that reads "Shabbat Shalom" both in English and in Hebrew. The backside is a dark blue velvet. It's machine quilted with echo lines.


The second is made with denim, twill, chambray, quilting cotton and muslin. It's also hand embroidered with "Shabbat Shalom", but only in English. The backside is an off-white cotton, and there's no batting or quilting, so it's thinner than the previous cover.


The third challah cover is quilted like the first, and has a patchwork design like the second, but is unique in that it's made with some of my hand-stamped fabrics. There's denim, twill and cotton fabrics with a white twill backside.


Next up will most likely be needle felting.... stay tuned!