I was recently asked to do a step-by-step post of how I made the wedding kippah for my husband.
First let me start with providing you with my pattern:
Once you have printed the patterns out to the correct size, cut the the two pieces out.
- 1/2 yard fabric (I used an ivory satin)
- 1/2 yard lining (I used an ivory muslin)
- 1/2 fusible interfacing (I used medium weight)
- Matching thread
- Pins (I use long quilting pins)
- Sewing machine/sewing needle
- Pinking shears (used to prevent fraying)
**The directions are going to vary slightly between the 4 panel and the 6 panel options, but both use a 4 panel lining.
For both 4 and 6 panel options:
Step 1: Following the manufacturer’s directions, iron the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric. This will make it easier for you when sewing the slippery satin fabric pieces together.
For the 6 panel kippah:
Step 2: Pin pattern piece #1 to the fabric. Cut around the pattern using your pinking shears. Do this 6 times making sure each time the pattern piece is pinned the same direction on the fabric. If there is a nap be careful in placing and cutting your pattern.
Nap is a type of fabric that has texture to it and some kind of pile. Fabrics consider to be with nap would be velvet, velour, corduroy, and suede. If your fabric has nap, you’re going to want to be careful in laying out your pattern pieces so that the grain line is all going in one consistent direction.
For the 4 panel kippah:
Step 2: Pin pattern piece #2 to the fabric. Cut around the pattern using your pinking shears. Do this 4 times making sure each time the pattern piece is pinned the same direction on the fabric. If there is a nap be careful in placing and cutting your pattern.
Step 3: Once all the pattern pieces are cut out, lay then in the below patterns, this will help you with which sides are pinned where.
Step 4: Using the colored guide below, pin panel pieces together one at a time, making sure right sides are together. Remember to sew your panels together with a 1/4 inch hem!
The four panel starts the same way the 6 panel does. Pin together the first two panels (right sides together) the sew at 1/4 inch hem. Go all the way around until they are all sewn together.
Step 5: Cut and assemble your 4 panel lining now. Use the same process seen above in Step 4.
The difference between the 4 panel outer shell and the 4 panel lining is only what fabric you cut the pieces out of. For the outer shell use your interfacing fused fabric and for the lining use the muslin (or your chosen lining fabric).
Step 6: Once you have both your outer shell and your lining you are going to pin them, right sides together. Have the outer shell right side out and the lining inside out (as seen below). Take your inside-out lining and place it on on top of the right side out outer shell so they are right sides together.
Pin the two layers together around the rim. Once pinned, sew around the edge of the rim at a 1/4 inch making sure to leave a small opening (about 1-2 inches) so you can turn it right side out.
Step 7: Once the kippah has been turned right side out hand sew up the hole in the rim seam. Next, run a stay stitch along the edge of the kippah rim. This will keep the lining from sliding.
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