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Chanukah Embroidery and Craft Patterns for the Entire Family


Hanukkah - also spelled as Chanukkah - is known as the Jewish Festival of Lights and last for 8 days and night. As per the Jewish calendar, the celebration starts on the 25th day of Kislev. Hanukkah commemorates the victory of the Jew over the Greeks in the battle led by Judah Maccabee, the miracle of the oil in the Menorah, and the rededication of Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

1. Embroidered Dreidels Pattern

© Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

The dreidel is a four-sided spinning top, used to play a traditional game during the eight days of Hanukkah. Each side of the top features a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet - nun, gimel, hay and shin. This embroidery pattern features an image of all four sides of the dreidel.

The full-size .jpg pattern is featured. You can easily enlarge or reduce the size to suit your needs and embroider the simple design using a variety of surface embroidery stitches using your favorite type of embroidery thread.

The center square area is designed to be worked in the herringbone stitch, and a detail of the stitch is given in the directions to help you stitch the area properly.

Work the design in the traditional Hanukkah colors of blue and silver on white, or use bright primary colors for a festive look the kids will love.

2. Hanukkiyah in Needlepoint

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Work this fully lit Hanukkah Menorah, called a Hanukkiyah, in basic needlepoint stitches.

Another terrific option: Work the entire design without the flames on the candles. Then, make the flames separately in needlepoint, or stitch them from felt and attach the flames to the Hanukkiyah using a small tab of hook and loop tape during the eight days of Hanukkah for a safe, fire-proof holiday.

3. Magen David Kippah

© Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

A large Magen David is the main design element on this pattern. Make a single kippah - or several kippot - using this charted needlepoint pattern.

Just 4 colors of pearl cotton are used on 18-mesh canvas, and the design is worked in over 10,000 individual stitches.

If you are not into needlepoint, the design can also be worked in cross stitch on aida fabric as well.

4. Dreidel Coasters


This easy project can be found on the PurlBee site, and features full directions for making the coasters in addition to the pattern.

Work the coasters in super simple running stitch on felt.

5. Crochet a Wine Bottle Cozy

© Amy Solovay

Crochet a wine bottle cozy to transport your bottle of wine in style!

The design is worked in chunky, machine washable yarn using the basic cozy pattern, which is then embellished with ribbons, appliques and other trims.

The design of the cozy is meant to fit a square bottle, can be easily adapted or elongated to fit any size of wine bottle, and would make a great gift during the Hanukkah season.

Having a bazaar? These would sell like hot latkes!

6. Beaded Star of David Cuff

© Jennifer VanBenschoten

Work this gorgeous cuff in Peyote Stitch as a Hanukkah gift, or make it for yourself using white, opal and yellow Size 11 Delica beads.

Peyote stitch was named after a Native American beading technique, and is used to make a "fabric" of beads by weaving them together in hand (no loom is used) in an offset row method. When completed, no thread shows between the bead or row, thus creating an erstwhile "fabric" of beads.

7. Cross Stitch Patterns for Hanukkah

© Connie G. Barwick, Licensed to About.com

Work a variety of Cross Stitch patterns for Hanukkah including menorahs, stars of David and more, including this holiday greeting in traditional colors.

8. Dollhouse Scale Hanukkah Cookies

© Lesley Shepard

Decorate your doll house for Hannukah! Here's a tutorial for making tiny Hanukkah cookies from polymer clay, complete with sprinkles. Links for making a custom miniature cookie cutter are included with the pattern.

9. Free Hanukkah Tags to Print

© Barbara Crews

Add a special, custom-printed tag to your Hanukkah gifts.

These tags should be printed using your printers best quality setting, and will fit or can be resized to a business card template that is available in Word and other graphic programs.

Tip: Fill a simple pre-made mesh bag with gelt and add one of these tags to make party favors or small gifts for children.

10. Make a Gelt Bag


Keep your gelt safe and sound in this little pouch.

Worked on pre-made CharlesCraft sachet bags using sparkling DMC Light Effects Threads in metallic colors, these bags are easy to make and would be a welcome party favor.

11. Keren Needlepoint Pillow


Stars of David adorn this needlepoint project, worked entirely in tent stitches.

Eight colors of rich, middle-eastern and desert-toned colors of tapestry wool are used in this project.

In the sample, the design is finished as a pillow, but it would also be pretty finished as a bag front.

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