Summertime Stenciled Challah Covers

Well, it took a while, but it finally stopped snowing here in Colorado sometime around mid-May. Thank goodness for that! I am more than ready for a nice long summer filled with Shabbat dinners al fresco, pool time, and long morning walks with my dog, Maui. Nothing like a little sunshine to get a huge mood boost and energy to get a head start on future holiday projects. But, I’m getting a little ahead of myself here.

The nice thing about the Jewish calendar is that summer really can be spent just relaxing. And one of my favorite ways to relax is to craft. So I’ll be highlighting a lot more crafts from around the house than usual, just to shake things up a bit. First craft of the summer are these super cute and easy stenciled challah covers.

I found these gorgeous kitchen towels at Walmart this spring and I immediately knew that I wanted to turn them into dedicated challah covers. I mean, those tassels though. They really take the towels to the next level. I suppose I could have bought any kitchen towels and added pom poms or tassels, but I digress.

So what’s the difference between a challah cover and a kitchen towel? Well, I’m not really sure. I’ve personally always used a kitchen towel to cover mine. It seems like as long as the bread is covered, you’re good. Really, the only things that make these stand apart from the rest of my collection is that they’re challah/Shabbat themed and I intend to only use them for that purpose from now on.

So if you’re ready, let’s get to it! Download a free copy of the templates here, and then cut out your stencil vinyl. Please note that the template was created on an 11″ x 14″ document. Have a Cricut? Head over to the design space by clicking this link. Place your new stencil on the kitchen towel, and fill in the words with fabric paint. Follow your paint directions for curing and washing. I personally like to use Martha Stewart’s craft paints because they wash well in the washing machine.

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