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!
- Stretchy fabric or cotton
- Matching thread
- Paper to make pattern if needed.
- Tape measure and pins
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)
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.
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