Mastering the Art of Sewing a Kippah – Free Kippah Pattern

Mastering the Art of Sewing a Kippah – Free Kippah Pattern

Kippah Pattern

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If you are looking for a kippah pattern, you’ve come to the right place. One of my most visited blog posts and YouTube videos is how to sew a kippah, also known as a yarmulke.

With the release of my second Hanukkah fabric line from Riley Blake Designs, Hanukkah Nights, I decided it was time to take the pattern up a notch.

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I’ve combined two of my favorite things: sewing and crafting with my Cricut Maker.

You can still get the kippah pattern instructions and template for free (with updated photos showing my new fabric collection). If you have a Cricut Maker and like to use it to cut fabric, I have a pattern for sale in my Etsy Shop.

If you’re passionate about crafting and want to share your creations with the world, you can open your own Etsy shop. To help you with pricing and budgeting, you can use the Etsy calculator.

Since each kippah uses 12 pieces of fabric, 6 for the outside and 6 for the lining, it’s a big time saver to let your Cricut Maker or other cutting machine that can cut fabric take care of the cutting so you can do the sewing!

free kippah sewing pattern and template
cricut maker pattern - kippah pattern

In the video below I share tips on cutting directional fabric by hand with the template so you don’t have menorahs or other objects upside down on a man’s head. I also show you how to set up and cut the pieces using your machine.

🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:
00:00 introduction
00:44 Use template and cut fabric by hand
01:11 How to cut directional fabric
03:40 Set up SVG files in Cricut
04:56 Put fabric on Cricut Mat
06:54 Cut fabric with Cricut
07:31 Remove fabric from mat
08:15 Cleaning your fabric mat

If you use either of my patterns and post them on Instagram I hope you tag me so I can see!

🧵 Tara Reed

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How to make a Kippah – Free Sewing Pattern

How to make a Kippah – Free Sewing Pattern

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.

In Judaism, what is the difference between a kippah and a yarmulke?

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.

Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

This tutorial uses my Festival of Lights fabric created for Riley Blake Designs.  Ask for it at your favorite quilt shop or online retailer.

The finished Kippah is 5 1/2″ across when turned upside down – it fits well on an adult head.

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finished Kippah measurements
Kippah Supplies

KIPPAH PATTERN SUPPLIES:

  • Kippah Pattern – PDF instructions (see button below)
  • 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.
  • Thread.
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron
  • Needle for hand-stitching the opening in the lining for turning the kippah closed.
    OPTIONAL: Sleeve or Cuff Ironing Board to make pressing easier (note: this is an Amazon affiliate link, if you click and purchase I’ll earn a small commission – it helps support my blog and all the free info and projects)

This is a great project for scraps because although you need 6 pieces for each side of the kippah, the template is 3.75″ high x 3.5″ wide at its largest. You can cut 24 pieces from one fat quarter!

VIDEO TUTORIAL

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  • 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 PATTERN – WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS

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. (see figure 1)

Right sides together matching edges, SEW from the wider part of the fabric towards the center, using a 1/4″ seam. (see 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. (see 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. (see 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. (see 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. (see figure 6)

Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

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STEP 4: PRESS THE SEAMS

PRESS the seams open. (see 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. (see 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. (see figure 9)

SEW together with a 1/4″ seam, going all the way around the circle. (see figure 10)

TURN the kippah right side out through the gap you left in the lining. (see 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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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 1/8″ from the edge. (see 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)

Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

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Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

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Have a Cricut Maker or cutting machine that can cut fabric?

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.

If you make these and post them on Instagram be sure to tag me so I can see! You can find and follow me at @artistTaraReed

Happy sewing – Tara

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Hanukkah is a celebration of traditions, miracles, family, friends and perseverance. The oil that should have lasted 1 night lasted 8. It is a time to come together to remember the past and celebrate both the present and future.

Sewing for your Hanukkah Home is an 84 page eBook with 12 projects to help you add extra personal touches to the kitchen, table and around the house. Perfect for you or for gift giving. Perhaps you will add a few new traditions to your Hanukkah celebration as a result!

Sewing for your Hanukkah Home is a PDF pattern book, instant download – get sewing today!

This 84 page eBook with 12 projects to help you add extra personal touches to the kitchen, table and around the house. Perfect for you or for gift giving. Perhaps you will add a few new traditions to your Hanukkah celebration as a result!

Sewing for your Hanukkah Home eBook of 12 patterns by Tara Reed

4 projects for the KITCHEN:

  • Apron
  • Dreidel Potholder
  • Double Oven Mitts
  • Microwave Bowl

 

4 projects for the TABLE:

  • Fabric Basket
  • Donut Basket
  • Napkins & Folding
  • Table Runner

4 projects MORE things to sew:

  • Kippah
  • Pillowcases
  • Drawstring Gift Bag
  • Happy Hanukkah Banner

Tested and detailed instructions include lots of photos and diagrams to help you along the way.

Projects feature my Festival of Lights fabric collection designed for Riley Blake Designs but are not required. That’s the beauty of sewing right – you pick the fabrics that are exactly what YOU want! 🙂

If you make any of these projects I’d love to see! Share what you make on Instagram using #sewforhanukkah #tarareeddesigns and tag me – @artisttarareed 

Happy Hanukkah Creating!

Tara