When we think about entertaining during the Hanukkah season, we expect to have a Menorah, but seldom know what to do to decorate the rest of the home.
The good news is there are lots and lots of things that you can sew for your home that will allow you and your family to say Happy Hanukkah in a very personal way.
Sunshine Sewing and Quilting Center
During a visit to Sunshine Sewing and Quilting Center in Margate, Florida, I came across a huge assortment of placemats, table runners and challah covers, specifically designed for the Hanukkah season. The placemats feature a side panel with a pocket that is designed to hold a matching napkin and flatware.
There are also lots and lots of wall hangings that you can make and display as well as other items to decorate your table for the holiday with style. All of these things can be yours after spending just a little bit of time at the sewing machine.
Hanukkah wall hanging kits sold at Sunshine feature Dreidels, Menorahs and the Star of David. You can purchase these kits with or without exclusive fabric designed by Sunshine owner, Fay Nicholl, giving you the freedom to make your Hanukkah wall hanging to match your personal home décor.
Each kit comes with a pattern and detailed instructions guaranteed to give you perfect results… even if you are new to machine quilting. Menorah wall hangings come in varying sizes.
Some feature rhinestone accents to brighten up the room and others are more traditional. The unique twisted Driedel wall hanging is a hit with quilting classes.
The same is true for each one of the Hanukkah table linen kits available for sale at Sunshine. Sunshine Sewing and Quilting is also a great source for Hanukkah themed fabric, quilting supplies and gifts.
In addition, if your busy schedule makes it impossible for you to sit down and make your own Hanukkah décor items or if you simply don’t believe you have the skills to do the sewing yourself, you can visit the Sunshine website and order your ready-made personalized Hanukkah home décor.
Sew Mama Sew
An internet search resulted in my discovering several online sources for Hanukkah décor items that you can make at home as well.
Sew Mama Sew, one of my favorite sewing blogs, proved to be a very interesting and valuable online source for Hanukkah sewing projects.
I found a great collection of Hanukkah home décor items like embroidered coasters and wall hangings from sources like The Purl Bee and The Inbox Jaunt that you can make in just a few minutes.
In addition to an exclusive challah cover from Two Hippos bearing the Hebrew word Shabbat, Sew Mama Sew shares links to sites that offer step by step instructions for making Hanukkah coasters from The Purl Bee.
Each of these projects is easy to make by hand or by machine.
This collection of handmade coasters is a design from The Purl Bee. A visit to the Sew Mama Sew Hanukkah décor page will guide you to the link where you can find detailed instructions for making these coasters and lots of other things to decorate your home for the holiday.
Petaquilts: the Not So Guilty Quilter, is the source for a Hanukkah table runner that features a menorah center block along with a menorah wall hanging to adorn your walls.
The Inbox Jaunt is the source for Lori Kennedy’s free motion embroidery design called Spin the Driedel.
The image here is depicted on felt. If felt is not your cup of tea, imagine this design on taffeta, silk or satin.
If hand embroidery is a passion of yours, you might be interested in this creation featuring hand stitching and mother of pearl buttons from Floresita.
You can make this any size you want and even use the embroidery hoops as a frame for hanging this decorative accent.
The instructions for making this Driedel quilt block from Favecrafts are also just a click away on Sew Mama Sew. With this one, you have the advantage of three dimensional textures and you can create the block without touching the sewing machine at all.
All Free Sewing
Allfreesewing is a source for lots of free downloadable patterns for Hanukkah sewing crafts as well.
A visit to Jewish-Holiday-Projects will give you access to links that will take you directly to instructions for creating easy to make Hanukkah home décor accents and gifts.
These felt Hanukkah ornaments feature sequins and an optional ribbon. Like many Hanukkah home décor items on All Free Sewing, these ornaments are easy enough for a child to make and can be finished in less than one hour.
Stow your change, gelt and small treats in these adorable Hanukkah coin purses.
They can be made by hand or machine and are a great way to involve the children in making preparations for the holidays.
A driedel Hanukkah garland is an ideal decoration for the home, making the holiday even more festive. Make this one with felt as shown here or with the fabric of your choice.
You can click a link on the All Free Sewing site that will take you straight to Martha Stewart’s crepe paper driedel treats bag.
If you want your bags to last more than one season, you don’t have to use delicate crepe paper, but felt or some other reusable material instead.
By making it yourself, you also have the option of using see through netting or an opaque fabric on the front.
This adorable Star of David Hanukkah treats bag is a different variation yet just as easy to assemble.
A little bit of machine or hand embroidery embellishes this treat bag.
You can even personalize it by adding the names of the children who will be visiting you this Hanukkah season.
Plush toys are always a favorite with the little ones.
What better way to celebrate Hanukkah with the youngest members of the family than a driedel plush toy.
Plushies are easy to make on a sewing machine or serger with soft flannel or felt and a bit of fiberfill.
Pinterest is quite possibly the fastest growing social media/networking website at this point in time. When I took a look at what Pinterest had to offer in the way of sewing projects for Hanukkah, it was absolutely mind boggling. There are so many Hanukkah sewing ideas on Pinterest, you simply don’t know where to start.
For those who are unfamiliar with Pinterest, it is a source for just about anything and everything you can imagine. Once you start navigating through Pinterest, you can be on the site an entire day. When I did a search for Hanukkah sewing projects, I was amazed at what I came up with.
There are links to several sites with downloadable instructions for Hanukkah home décor items ranging from garlands; handmade dreidels; treat bags; wall calendars, quilted Stars of David, menorah wall hangings; gift bags; knitting, crochet and needlepoint projects; Hanukkah themed sewing and craft projects the children can be involved in creating; and even Hanukkah themed clothing items for the little ones.
Hanukkah Embroidery Projects
The machine embroidery enthusiast has lots and lots to choose from when it comes to creating items to decorate the house during Hanukkah season. Some of the most popular sites with downloadable Hanukkah embroidery designs are:
As you navigate through these sites, you will discover that some of these downloadable embroidery designs are available free of charge while others cost as little as $3 or $4 and as much as $12 or $15. There are so many designs to choose from, you will undoubtedly find the designs that will be absolutely perfect for your home, your personal style and your individual taste.
Hanukkah is a celebration of the festival of lights. There is no better way to celebrate this festival than by letting the light shine in our homes.
With your own creativity and the help of the countless ideas out there for decorating your home for Hanukkah, you can have a home that not only is representative of you and your family, but also reflects your heritage and celebrates the Hanukkah season in style.
Sewing your own Hanukkah decorative accents assures you of getting exactly what you want and having the pleasure of knowing that by sewing, quilting and embroidering your Hanukkah decorations yourself, that your home will stand out from in a magnificent way.