How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap


A while back, my brother bought a new shofar. When he ordered it, he forgot to buy a shofar bag. Seeing that he carried it around with him everywhere, he really needed one. Instead of him waiting on one to be sent, I decided to give a shot at sewing one up. I searched for a tutorial and found absolutely nothing to go off of. So I figured I would take some pics and share how to sew a shofar bag.

If you don’t know what a shofar is, this website explains it. It’s where my brother bought his and it plays beautifully!

How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap

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How To Sew A Shofar Bag

 

Supplies:

Directions:

How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap

Lay your shofar out and trace a rectangle around both fabrics to get the bag pieces. Add at least 2 inches seam allowance for the length and 1 inch for the width.

How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap

Lay outer fabric right side down and the fleece right side up. Fold the long sides over 1/4 inch and sew  down the lengths. Note: When you fold, the fleece will come in further, about 1/2 inch, so just make the outer fabric folded in the 1/4 inch. The same goes for the straps farther down.

How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap

Do the same with the end that will be the bottom of the shofar bag.

How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded StrapHow To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap

Now fold the top end over 1 1/2 inches, tucking the raw edge under by 1/4 inch. Pin and sew down where the raw edge is tucked.

How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded StrapHow To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap

Drawstring:

Measure the width and cut your drawstring piece about 3 inches longer than that. So mine was about 22 x 1 1/2 inches. Fold the piece in half wrong side facing out. Sew down length close to the edge. Leave ends open.

How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap

Attach a small pin through only one layer of either end.

How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap

Turn pin into the hole and inch it and the fabric through until it comes out the other side.

How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap

Keep going until it’s right side out.

How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap

Padded Strap:

Cut a 6 1/2 x 33 inch rectangle out of both materials. My brother is 19 with a slim to average build. If you’re bulkier or smaller, you may want to adjust the length. This is made to be worn across the chest or over one shoulder.

How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap

Lay the outer fabric right side down with fleece on top. Fold one end and both lengths over 1/4 inch and sew.

How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap

Sew one end of the drawstring 1/2 inch onto center of folded end of strap.

How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap

Fold both sides to center and overlap by 1/4 inch. Pin and sew.

How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap

Fold corners like above and sew down.

How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap

Lay out your bag with outer fabric facing up and your strap at an angle on top like above.

How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap

Fold over on top of the strap and pin. Sew 1/2 inch around the bottom and the length, going over the strap, stopping right before you reach the opening for the drawstring.

How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap

Turn right side out and attach a large pin to the end of your drawstring and thread through either side of the opening.

How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap

Sew down right on top of the other end of the drawstring. You can tuck it under to look nicer. I was in a hurry.

How To Sew A Shofar Bag With Drawstring Closure and Padded Strap

And there you have it! I hope I save some people the trouble of trying to figure out how to make a shofar bag by themselves. It took me all day! I would have much rather followed someone else’s tutorial!

I plan on posting a simpler version of this in the future because this has so many steps. It won’t have a drawstring, but it will be a lot easier!

Do you plan on trying to sew a shofar bag of your own?

If you make one share a pic on Instagram and tag me @little_mager_house 

I’d love to see your creations!


About Amanda

Stay at home wife and mother to two boys. Amanda strives to live a frugal life by cloth diapering, going greener, and keeping to a budget.

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