I made each of our babies his own reversable kippah (or yarmulke, which is the Yiddish term for the same Jewish headgear) for the first Pesach celebration after they were born. It was a rare success in my ongoing efforts to become a Jewish mother.
This year’s Pesach begins tomorrow and while the extended family will celebrate the Seder dinner on the other side of the country, I am as disorganised as ever. So as we prepare to wish our loved ones a “gut yontif“, let’s not focus on the fact that I will shortly be scrambling around (again) for a gefiltefish recipe, trying to remember which dish is bitter and which should be sweet, and making a mental note to set an extra place at the table for Elijah the prophet.
Instead, let me show you how simple it was to make those kippot for the babies!
I used a thin cotton fabric in contrasting patterns, gingham and polkadot. A noodle bowl was just the right size to use as a circle template.
After cutting circles in each fabric, I simply zig-zag stitched the edges together with the right sides out. Then, I cut a straight line to the centre of each, overlapped these edges slightly and sewed along the two lines resulting from the overlap.
This gave the dome-shape required for the kippah to sit neatly on a baby head. The babies looked very cute while they lasted… they slept through most of the Seder dinner.
Now, I wonder if it’s too late to buy matza online to be delivered tomorrow (we haven’t found a kosher food supplier here in Hobart)… The four cups of wine? That, I can do.
Gut Yontif to you!