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Do-it-yourself bar mitzvah kippot

Jew-cy contour II: Design your own kippah

for The Brooklyn Paper

Kippot are the small, circular skullcaps worn by Jewish men and women that are also known as a yarmulke in the Yiddish community. A lovely way to commemorate and personalize your bar or bat mitzvah ceremony is making your own. Just like with a tallit, creating your own kippah is an opportunity to let your creativity flow!

To begin, purchase the following:

• A tape measure

• Fabric

• A pair of scissors

• Needle and thread


1. Select the fabric with a color or pattern that strikes your fancy. Velvet is a good choice, as it is soft, easy-to-sew, and thick enough to withstand the test of time. Your kippah should be at least 9” in diameter, so be sure to purchase enough cloth.

2. Wrap a tape measure around your head approximately where the kippah will rest.

3. Cut two (one for the exterior and one for the lining) round pieces of material in accordance to the measurement taken of your head, plus 1/8” for the seam.

4. Next, cut the material into four equal triangles.

5. Sew together two triangles, leaving 1/8” seam.

6. Repeat with the remaining pieces of fabric; leaving you with two semi-circles

7. Press together and sew, leaving 1/8” for a seam. Gently press the seams with a warm iron.

8. Create the lining by repeating steps 5-7.

9. Invert the kippah and sew a rim of fabric around the kippah’s edge to make sure it is secure.

And bingo! There is your customized kippah!

This is just one idea that can add a meaningful and personal touch to your bar or bat mitzvah. If you use a little imagination and creativity, you can think of additional ways to make your simchah even sweeter!

Samantha Hunt works at eInvite, an online retailer of bar and bat mitzvah invitations, stationery, wedding invitations, save-the-dates, birthday party invitations, and other custom paper goods.

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