Sew Jewish (Paperback)

The 18 Projects You Need for Jewish Holidays, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebrations, and Home

By M. Bywater

Sew Jewish, 9780996858229, 152pp.

Publication Date: March 30, 2016



Sew your own Judaica
Beginning sewing skills are all you need to create these 18 Jewish-theme projects, from classic Judaica including a prayer shawl and Passover matzah cover, to modern items such as a cuddly alephbet baby blanket and an accent pillow decorated with with a cheerful Shalom

  • Complete step-by-step instructions with illustrations and color photographs.
  • Expert tips plus a section dedicated to basic sewing techniques to help even beginning sewists create beautiful results.
  • Includes interesting tidbits about the teachings and history behind Judaica and Jewish traditions.

"Clear and beautifully illustrated. I especially like the detailed prayer shawl pattern/instructions, which answer all the questions beginners and beyond have been asking me for years about construction."
- Cathy Perlmutter, President, Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework

"The color photos and simple instructions and patterns will help anyone feel confident in taking on a project. Bywater's cheerful writing style and helpful explanations of the religious significance of items will appeal to younger readers or those new to Judaism and wishing to learn more."
-Publishers Weekly

"The combination of handcrafting and Jewish tradition adds further value and meaning to these projects, and Bywater's approach is both thoughtful and celebratory."
-Library Journal

About the Author

Maria Bywater is the designer behind, the leading national wedding huppah rental company. She writes about Judaism and sewing on her blog, Sew Jewish ( As an American living and traveling abroad, she became inspired to explore Jewish cultures and traditions through needle crafts. Maria now lives in New York with her two daughters amid a large extended family.