Monday, 6 August 2012

DIY - Praying Hijab Tutorial


My children like to copy me when I am praying so obviously they also want to wear a praying hijab. There is not much choice for small children's size hijabs so I now make my own for them from spare fabric that I have.

I have in the past made them from cotton, but I much prefer the stretchy fabric as it gives a more comfy fit. The tutorial for this one is based from a normal sized hijab that most Muslim people will own. However you can make one from scratch by taking some simple measurements making sure that the opening for the face fits the size of your child's face. Also many praying hijabs are 2 pieces but for children this is more complicated and an all-in-one is much easier for them to put on themselves!

Requirements:
  • Stretchy fabric or cotton
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Paper to make pattern if needed.
  • Tape measure and pins




Mini Tutorial:

Step 1: Find out what measurements you need for fabric.  Lay out flat a hijab (which is folded) so make sure you double the measurements that are shown on the photograph for your fabric. The photograph shows my hijab size but yours may differ!
Step 2: Optional - Make a paper pattern by drawing around the hijab onto paper (I used craft paper sellotaped together to make large enough)
Step 3: As this is an adult size I measured smaller sizes onto the pattern. To get the smaller sizes all I did was measure with a tape measure around my children's faces to make sure that the opening was the right size. Then just guess a smaller length and width appropriate.
Step 4: Also mark out a semi circle style shape pattern to use at the front of the hijab for the forehead. (I actually used the already hemmed sleeve from the dress fabric)

diy praying hijab sewing tutorial girls muslim blog

Step 5: Using your pattern cut out the fabric making sure you add a few centimetres to make room to sew the hem. (You don't need to be exact with sizes as my photograph shows, the fabric I cut out had quite a small width because I had to go with the amount of fabric I had on the dress. As long as the space for the face is wide enough!) If you didn't make a pattern just lay the hijab onto the fabric and draw around it adding extra for hems
Step 6: Pin together where you need to sew. (I pinned 2 sides but depending on the amount of fabric you have you may be able to make this from one piece, so just pin one side)
Step 7: Sew along the pinned edges, making sure not to sew along the top and bottom openings.
Step 8: Pin and sew along the top and bottom making neat hems (I used the bottom of the dress so already had a hem sewed in for me yeah!)
Step 9: Cut out the semi circle style shape (you may have to adjust size). This is to cover the forehead. (I used the sleeve part of the dress as this already had a lovely neat hem to it.
Step 10: I pinned the forehead piece to the front of the hijab and sewed it into place. ( I kept trying this on my daughter carefully - using safety pins for safety to get it into the right place)

You now have a lovely hijab for your child. You could even do this for yourself too keeping the adult sizes. If you don't have a hijab to copy from I posted the measurements in the photograph so you could just try and make a pattern yourself from these measurements.

The photograph below is a collage of all the photographs I took.



Parties linked to this week are:
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25 comments:

  1. very creative...have a blessed ramadan

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    1. Thank you hope your Ramadan is going well, take care.

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  2. Asalamu alaikum,

    MashAllah you have some imagination, creativity skills going on there.

    Come visit The Lion Of Allah & The Martyr Of Martyrs

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    1. Thank you - I love sharing my creative ideas with my followers.

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  3. Assalamu Alaykum :) Niice! Thats a lovely idea sis, Thanks for sharing this with us today
    xx

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    1. Glad you like this - these are so easy to make - even by hand sewing!

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  4. Assalamu Aleikum,
    Great idea :D My little Muslim friends always wear the one piece hijab when praying, very easy slip on and off but they are pretty hard to find and I think only purchased online?

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    1. Yes it is hard to find them here in the UK - that is why I make them myself and at least I can choose fabric my children want to wear - which is normally pink/red/purple!

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    1. Thanks - Yes saving money is a major plus!

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  6. Very creative..
    and the girl in the picture is so beautiful, lovely smile..
    Ramadhan mubarak, sis..
    :)

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    1. Salam, thank you - that is my youngest daughter she is only 5 years old and loves modelling for me!

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    2. She's so cute.. my best wishes to her ^^
      What's her name?

      Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. I'm following you now, you can follow me back if you don't mind.. hehehe

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    3. Now following you too. PS: I don't mention any of my children's names on my blog - for security reasons really! (Too many weirdo's on the internet!)

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    4. Thank you ^^

      Oh, I see :-O
      Mommies always protect their children :')

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  7. MashaAllah so beautiful & a very smart/easy tutorial..thank you so much for sharing my dear..
    have a nice day!

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    1. Thank you, glad you like it. Hope you are having a great Ramadan.

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  8. Very nice tutorial, Karima! You are so creative and ingenious! I love that you repurpose things so beautifully. Thanks for sharing on Busy Monday!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comments - I do love repurposing / upcycling things!

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  9. This is sooo sweet.. I just love that you made it out of an old dress.. the fabric is lovely and what a beautiful way to pray together!
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

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    1. Thank you. I love re-using old clothes especially if the fabric is not damaged!

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  10. Jazaaki Allahu khayr! I've been wishing I could make some for my girls, because it seemed like it couldn't really be too horribly complicated and you have to pay so much for kids' hijabs in the US. Now I can go ahead and give it a try insha'Allah! Hope you have had a blessed Ramadan, and that you and your family have a wonderful Eid insha'Allah :)

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    1. Asalamalaikum, I am happy you enjoyed my post - I do hope you give it a try. My friend tried once and was a bit disappointed with her first attempt but managed it perfectly on the second attempt. Perhaps try with some scrap fabric first if you are unsure.

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