How to make a Kippah – Free Sewing Pattern

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kippah sewing tutorial

Looking for a kippah pattern so you can make your own?

This tutorial includes both detailed written instructions (in this post or in a free PDF you can download – no strings attached) and a video tutorial.

While it can be a lot of fun to relive Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and weddings when you break out the commemorative kippahs from days gone by, sometimes they don’t fit as well as you might like or you might want a more coordinated event. Or perhaps you are looking for a way to use some of your fabric scrap stash.

Whatever the reason – here is a template and directions to make your own kippah! Using 6 panels instead of 4 gives a better fit that doesn’t stand up off of the head in a point.


🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:

  • 2:18 Supplies
  • 3:44 Fussy Cutting fabric
  • 5:03 Irons
  • 6:00 Laying out your pieces
  • 6:18 Sewing the pieces together
  • 9:42 Pressing seams
  • 9:50 Cricut Mini EasyPress demo (not sponsored)
  • 12:43 Finishing up

Kippah is the Hebrew word and yarmulke is the Yiddish word for a skullcap. Kippah is the more universal term as most Jews do not speak Yiddish.

Hanukkah Sewing Projects - Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

This tutorial uses my Festival of Lights fabric created for Riley Blake Designs.  

The finished Kippah is 5½″ across when turned upside down – it fits well on an adult head.

Hanukkah Sewing Projects - finished Kippah measurements

To make it larger or smaller, add or subtract on the outside – larger curve – of the template.


Hanukkah Sewing Project - Kippah Supplies

This is a great project for scraps because although you need 6 pieces for each side of the kippah, the template is 3¾″ high x 3½″ wide at its largest. You can cut 24 pieces from one fat quarter!

  • Kippah Pattern – PDF instructions
  • Print and cut the template provided.
  • (6) pieces of fabric cut to the template for the outside.
  • (6) pieces of fabric cut to the template for the lining.

STEP 1: CUT YOUR FABRIC PIECES

BE VERY PRECISE when cutting your fabric. Variations or inconsistent sizes will be very noticeable when the kippah is complete.

CUT 6 pieces of fabric using the template provided for the outside of your kippah.

If you are using a directional fabric, be sure to pay attention to the directionality – the top of the kippah is the thin part of the template so make sure any words or icons you want in the correct direction have the top towards the skinny section and the bottom towards the wide section.

For a toss print, like the Star of David examples, direction doesn’t matter so you can cut them in layers.

PIN OR TRACE the template onto the fabric and cut with sharp scissors.

CUT 6 pieces of fabric using the template provided for the lining of your kippah.


STEP 2: SEW THE EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECES

If you are using a directional print, lay your 6 pieces out and arrange them in the order you want them to appear on the Kippah. If using a toss print, this step doesn’t matter. (figure 1)

Right sides together matching edges, SEW from the wider part of the fabric towards the center, using a ¼″ seam. (figure 2)

Use the dots on the template as a guide of where to start and stop sewing. You will basically stop in the center of the short side about 1/4″ from the edge of the fabric. (figure 3)

OPTIONAL: You can press the seams open as you go but I find it just as easy to do at the end. It also saves time moving from my machine to my ironing board and leaves the iron on to heat up the room a little bit less!

Continue to SEW additional pieces until all 6 are together. As you add pieces, flatten the seams at the point (unless you press your seams as you go) – stopping your stitching and knotting the thread as you reach the last seam stitching. (figure 4)

Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah
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Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah
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Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah
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Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah
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SEW all 6 pieces together and then sew the last and first pieces together to complete the circle. (figure 5)

Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah
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STEP 3: SEW THE LINING FABRIC PIECES

SEW the 6 pieces together the same way you did for the outside fabric BUT not the last seam.

When sewing the last seam to complete the circle, leave a few inches in the center open so you can turn the fabrics right side out after sewing together. (figure 6)

Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

STEP 4: PRESS THE SEAMS

PRESS the seams open. (figure 7)

If you don’t have one already I highly recommend you get a mini ironing board that is designed for sleeves or cuffs – sometimes called a “Tailor’s Ham”. It makes ironing these small curves much easier and I also use it a lot for small bags.

After you press the seams be sure to put the iron on the center to flatten where all of the pieces of fabric meet to decrease the bulk. (figure 8)

Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah
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Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah
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STEP 5: FINISHING THE KIPPAH

Right sides together, CLIP or PIN the exterior and lining, matching seams. (figure 9)

SEW together with a ¼″ seam, going all the way around the circle. (figure 10)

TURN the kippah right side out through the gap you left in the lining. (figure 11)

Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah
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Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah
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Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah
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Use a point turner or finger-press to get the edges out and in a nice curve. Press.

TOPSTITCH about ⅛” from the edge. (figure 12)

Use thread that either matches or complements your exterior fabric. For example I used silver for the kippah made from fabric with silver sparkle.

HAND SEW the opening in the lining closed. (see figure 13)

Hanukkah Sewing Projects - Free Kippah Pattern
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Hanukkah Sewing Projects - Free Kippah Pattern
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Then you can save time by cutting your fabric pieces with your cutting machine and give you consistent pieces every time. Find it in my Etsy Shop.


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Comments

12 responses to “How to make a Kippah – Free Sewing Pattern”

  1. Ms D Sweeney Avatar
    Ms D Sweeney

    💃OMG😁I’ve crafted #Crocheted yamulkes before, but never found a Sewn Pattern worth using my precious #HanukkahFabrics to create…That WAS until NOW😨😱😁
    📣Your Clear yet Concise Directions😁ARE BOTH a Blessing👏 & a Superb Treat🎁The accompanying timely photos allows the Sewist to determine whether or not our finished yarmulke will be perfect as the model that you shared your instructions for!😱😨😇😁
    Am a Passenger w/someone running errands: CAN’T wait to return home to delve into this Project ASAP😱😇😁
    🇺🇸Tara, your Fabulous directions allow one to feel as though YOU ARE THERE each step of the way, guiding us towards a Completed, Unique yet Personalized Masterpiece that Friends & Family will both Envy AND want ONE of their OWN!👏😁

    1. Tara Reed Avatar

      Thank you so much for your comment – my husband is now walking around like a peacock telling me what a great model he is. 😉

    2. How can I size this down for a toddler?

      1. I haven’t made a toddler size but I would trim a little off the outer curved edge of the template and put it on the toddlers head to estimate size. Personally I’d start with about 1/4″ and go from there.

  2. What size kippah is this for?
    I have never attempted anything like this but want to give it a go!

    1. Tara Reed Avatar
      Tara Reed

      I added a photo with a tape measure on the kippah – finished it’s 5 1/2″ across (not flattened, just turned upside down, hard to see in the photo). It sits very well on my husband’s head!

  3. Di Kuchar Avatar
    Di Kuchar

    I have fun fabric I am using to make granddaughters scrunches. Will give the kippah a go in same fabrics for the boys. Your instructions and pattern look do able, thanks.

  4. Hi love this idea but I’m following all the instructions and video but it’s coming up very pointy/pokey and not rounded I’ve even undone and re stitched following the dots etc -! Help

    1. Hmmm… my guess is that you are sewing a little too far into the center which is creating the point. Also make sure you really flatten the centers with an iron before sewing the two sides together. Hopefully one or both of those suggestions will help!

  5. Additional idea. Make the outer layer, cut a circle the same diameter and sew the two together leaving a gap in the stitching to turn and stuff your new kippah ‘hat stand’. Slip stitch closed. You only need one as the kippot can be stacked.

  6. Fran King Avatar
    Fran King

    I’m curious why you have us match the seams when sewing the two layers together. Would it lie flatter if the seams were staggered?

    1. I’m not sure it the outer edges would line up perfectly but it’s an interesting idea! Please comment again and let us know how it goes if you try it!

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