Prayer Rug Felt Magnet {Tutorial}

Today’s Ramadan crafts challenge involves making magnets using items found at an office store.

 

I had found this box of magnet business cards at the office store last time I was buying printer paper and immediately thought of all the fun things that could be made. When I brought it home, I asked my youngest what shape the magnet reminded her of, and she said: my sajjada!

 

A sajjada,  سجادة in Arabic, or prayer rug, is a piece of fabric used by Muslims, placed between the ground and the worshiper for cleanliness during Islamic prayer.

 

I pulled out some felts and she spent her afternoon, making a mini replica of her sajjada.

 

Supplies

Sticky back felt
Felt
Embroidery thread
Needle
Scissors
Magnet Business Cards

My daughters started by cutting a piece of felt that was slightly bigger than the magnet.

She then cut out the inner arabesque shape, inspired by the door cut out of our past mosque pillow.

She also cut two small lines from the sticky felt.

She embroidered the arabesque shape, to hold it into place on the green felt.

She removed the backing and added the lined strips to the sides.

She then removed the backing on the magnet and added it to the back, covering up the embroidery sewing.  She cut off the sides and fringed the ends.

Her mini prayer rug magnet was now ready for use, on the refrigerator!

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Ramadan Cardboard Roll Wreath {Tutorial}

We love to create door decor as part of our Ramadan crafts annual challenge, so today we worked on a wreath made out of recycled materials.

 

Wreaths are an assortment of flowers, leaves, fruits, twigs, or various materials that are constructed to resemble a ring. They are also used in ceremonial events in many cultures around the globe, including Ramadan.

 

My daughters and I have never made a wreath before, but I was inspired once I saw photos of others created in my craft sharing group.  I have provided photos as samples from those that have given me permission, below the tutorial.

 

My teen helped with all the gluing and it took her a few hours to put together. We looked for resources around our house to make our DIY, including a banner from a past Ramadan countdown calendar.

 

Supplies

Embroidery hoop

Elmer’s Glue

Cardboard tubes

Scissors

The first step is to cut the cardboard rolls into small strips.  We went through several rolls by the time we were finished with the whole project.

The next step is to glue the cardboard rolls strips to the inside hoop, adding as many rows as you would like.

My daughter kept adding the cut cardboard rolls until she was happy with the design.

The final step was to add the banner.

We are going to let it sit overnight before we put it up on our door.  There are a few spots that need a little more glue but otherwise, that was an easy, and inexpensive, decor that we were able to do in one afternoon.

 

If you enjoyed learning how to reuse a cardboard, check out

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Please enjoy these lovely creations from other Muslim homes around the world.

Ramadan Man’ousheh Mini Bites {Recipe}

Ramadan is a good time to adjust the quantities of the different foods one consumes. I remember in Libya, we would start our iftarإفطار in Arabic, with a warm soup, add salads, proteins and very few carbs. Iftar is the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset.

 

For our carbs, we used to have quartered pita bread, but after we moved to America, my mother substituted crescent rolls to our meals. They were small and were excellent in soaking up the last of the soup juices.

 

While visiting Egypt a few years ago, I was introduced to man’ousheh, مناقيش  in Arabic, a dough dish that had spices and sometimes cheese added.  The spices were called za’atar, زعتر in Arabic, and the cheese varied in type, depending on the region.

 

I have loved the dish ever since and have found a local restaurant that does a good job of duplicating it. Lucky for my, they are not close to my house or I would eat there every day.

 

I wanted to introduce this dish to my daughters. I thought it might be fun to combine my mom’s love of crescent rolls with my new love of man’ousheh for either a supplement to an iftar meal or even to have on hand for a suhur quick bite. Suhur, سحور‎ in Arabic, is the meal consumed early in the morning by Muslims before fasting.

 

Supplies

Cheese (I used akawi)
Crescent rolls
Za’atar
Olive Oil

Lay out a crescent roll single triangle on a plate and cover it generously with the olive oil.  Sprinkle the za’atar and add a strip of cheese at the end.

Roll the crescent roll, just as instructed on the of the package.

However, you’ll notice that you are not able to create the crescent shape due to the cheese.  If you have your heart set on the Ramadan crescent moon shape, just cut up your cheese into smaller pieces.  But whether you keep the cheese one piece or many, make sure to seal the sides to hold it in.

Bake the rolls, according to the instructions on the package.

Once they came out, I was excited to see only one side popped open, but the rest looked really good. They smell even better.

I can’t wait till my kids crack one open and see the surprise, cheese filling.

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