Last year in March I wrote a post on how to sew a DIY shofar bag. They turn out beautiful, but I know that a lot of people don’t know how to use a sewing machine or just don’t own one. And the shofar bag is definitely not the easiest sewing project.
So I had an idea on how to make a no-sew version! Now, they don’t turn out as nice as the other way, but they are cheap and fast to make! And anyone can do it!
If you don’t know what a shofar is, this website explains it. It’s where my brother bought his and it plays beautifully!
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All you need for this DIY shofar bag is anti-pill fleece or any knit material that doesn’t fray. And of course, your shofar, to measure. I bought this fleece from Walmart for $1.75 for almost a whole yard on clearance! This is a small shofar, but even if you have a large one, one yard should get you by with extra left over.
Determine whether you want your bag to have fringe or not. Scroll to the bottom to see pics. If you want the fringe, then lay your shofar on the wrong side of the material. Without fringe, lay it on the right side. I chose to have the stretchy length going around the width, but if your shofar is bigger you may have to lay it the other way.
Fold your material over the shofar and measure. You want at least 3 inches past the width of the shofar as pictured above. Take out your shofar and match up the width of your pattern as best you can and cut along the edge of the top layer.
Edges like pictured above need to be trimmed to make it straight.
Now on the bottom cut out a 3×3 in. square out of the corner that’s NOT folded. And cut along the fold on the left 3 in.
Every 1 inch or so, make fringe going in 3 in. Only do this on the bottom and the open length of your bag. NOT the top or the folded side! It makes it easier to use the box cutout as a guide.
Tie the bottom fringe pieces to the top in a double knot all the way around to the other end. Don’t tie them too tight or it will become bunched up.
If you decided on the fringed look then skip this step.
If you didn’t want the fringe on your bag, then turn it inside out.
Now cut out a 32 x 2 1/2 in. strip of material. You may want yours longer/shorter. I cut mine so the stretch is going width-ways so that the strap doesn’t stretch too much while carrying it. If you make the stretch length-ways you might want to make it wider so the strap doesn’t dig into you when stretched.
Cut 3 in. slits in the middle of the ends of the strap.
At the top of your bag, find the hole under the top knot and poke one piece of your cut end in there. Tie your two pieces in a double knot around the top knot.
This works the same with the fringe on the outside.
Do the same thing to the other end further down the bag. You can try it out in different places to see what you like best.
With fringe. Garreth ended up liking the look of this better so I just left it like that since it’s for him anyway.