Mosque Golden Domes {Tutorial}

Recently Chronicle Books sent me the book Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan.
This beautifully illustrated children’s book showcases Islamic culture, through the eyes of a young girl, using colors.  We learn about the red of the prayer rug, the brown in dates, the yellow of the zakat box, and so on. There is also a glossary of terms which may be unfamiliar to little ears.


Our favorite part of the book was it’s use of large horizontal double page art, which spreads unbordered to the edges. This allowed us to lay the book flat and talk about all the images of food, holiday preparations and architecture we see.

We especially loved the page of the golden domes on the mosques and decided to try to recreate them. To be unusual, we decided to design them from the view of those birds flying in the sky, looking down.


This is a great STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) project because you need to use most of those resources to measure out the sizes of the domes.



Decorative 12×12 paper plus 8.5×11 white card stock
Lids of various sizes
Brown marker (optional)

Start by laying out your lids on the paper to see what you can fit. Play around with smaller lids. Mosques usually have one major dome, but sometimes several minarets and smaller domes. We went with one large dome and two smaller ones.

Cut your 12×12 paper into strips. Ours had glitter, diagonal images that left glitter all over my floor, so do this outside if your floor is not easy to sweep. We made some wider ones for the larger dome and smaller strips for the smaller domes.

Now you need to figure out long your paper strip needs to be to create a dome, turning your design from 2D to 3D. Start by folding over one end, you’ll need this later for the glue, and decide how high you want your dome to be off the paper.  Then fold the other end over, to leave another flap for the glue on the other side. Cut off any access paper.

Add glue to both flaps and place them down on the paper.

Keep adding paper, going around the sides of the dome. You’ll need to measure out each strip since each one will be different size as you build your dome up higher.

This is optional, but we decided to color the rooftop of our mosque brown.

And now our STEAM mosque domes were done and ready to be enjoyed at our dinning table tonight. My daughter will share her findings of how she created a 3D dome by measuring strips of flat paper.


If you enjoyed this mosque craft tutorial, please visit

Mosque Polymer Clay Cake {Tutorial}

Great Mosque of Cordoba {Printable}

Mosque Crepe Paper Banner {Tutorial}

If you enjoy reading a multicultural book and making a project on that book, please visit

Sandwich Swap Hummus {Recipe}

Persian Paisley Painting {Tutorial}

Mosque Pillow {Tutorial}

Or be sure to check out the list I’ve compiled of 99 Creative Mosque Projects.

A Crafty Arab on Pinterest has more DIY tutorials on Arab and Islamic children’s books.



Happy Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 {Resource}

Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day, now in it’s fourth year.

I’m so excited to be a co-Host this year to add my review for Naji and the Mystery Dig. It was a wonderful book that explains Persian Muslim culture.


On the main MCBD site, there is a linky going on right now for reviewers of books that allow your child to #ReadYourWorld.


I thought I would pull out all the book lists, book related tutorials and reviews that have been posted on ACraftyArab in one easy spot also.


Book lists

5 Books with Strong Arab Protagonist

6 Arabic Dictionaries for Children

7 Stories of Arab Friendship

8 Books about Remarkable Muslims

11 Arabic Folktales

14 Books to Introduce Teens to the Arab World

85 Books about the Arab World

99 Arab Children Books

99 Muslim Children Books


Book related tutorials

Eid Mubarak Punch Out Bookmark Tutorial

Iqra Painted Bookmark Tutorial

Iqra Yarn Art Tutorial

Mini Eid Book Tutorial {and Bookmark Downloads}

Moon and Star Punch Art Bookmark Tutorial


Book reviews

Amal’s Ramadan / Amal’s Eid

How Many Donkeys?

My First Ramadan

Naji and the Mystery Dig
Please be sure to join the Twitter party happening at 9pm EST to win some amazing diverse literature books for children. Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more book selections, including ones from my Arab authors book club.





Mosque Pillow {Tutorial}

ACraftyArab Mosque Pillow

Ramadan 2016 is right around the corner for millions of Muslims worldwide.


During this holy month, Muslims fast daily from sunup to sundown and use this holy month to become closer to their religion, family and community.


When I am performing my Arabic storytelling sessions at local libraries, one of my favorite books to explain this requirement of Islam is the children’s book, My First Ramadan by Karen Katz. It tells a simple story of the Muslim celebration of Ramadan through the eyes of a small child.

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The illustrations are very bright and cheerful and give details about what Muslims wear and what their practices look like.  (Well, except for the one photo of the Muslim family wearing shoes while praying inside.  If you have gone anywhere near a mosque and seen the hundreds of piles of shoes outside, you would know that Muslims don’t pray with shoes on.  But I digress.)


One of the children’s favorite images in the book is the mosque, where Muslims gather to pray together.  Their eyes light up when I get to the page that shows this beautiful place and I might hear an occasional “ohhh” and “ahhh.”


A few weeks ago, Multicultural Kid Blogs asked me to be part of it’s  second annual Ramadan for Kids blog hop.   This is where a few bloggers come together to share ideas about honoring this special month (feel free to follow our ideas – Ramadan board).


I knew I wanted to make the mosque from My Little Ramadan so that I can use it as a plush toy at my storytimes. I took photos to turn my project into a tutorial so that you can make one too.  (Feel free to use my affiliate link to buy your own copy of the book or sewing supplies. It doesn’t cost you any extra to use my links and I get a small commission that helps pay for future tutorials.)

Be sure to check out the rest of my fellow #MKBKids bloggers taking part of the Blog Hop at the end of this Mosque Pillow tutorial.


Various scraps of fabric
Various scraps of ribbon
Cotton thread
Sewing gauge
Rotary cutter
Marking pencil
Double heat bond interface
Sticky back felt
Star gem stickers
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Here’s the deal, I’m a fabric hoarder.  I have shelves and shelves.  I do go through once a year and clean out boxes to give to my local Buy Nothing group, but I still have drawers that look like this.

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I went through it all and picked out fabric in these colors to try to best match the ones in the book.

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I ended up not using that fringe and made a side trip to a fabric store for a better idea for the gold roof. Total cost for the whole project: $4 for the roof ribbon. Score.


First thing I like to do with any project is set aside some time to do the layout. I keep this by my sewing machine to help remind me what the final will look like.

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After I have the basic visual down, I pinned my main fabric in half and used my quilting pencil to draw the design.

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I then took out my gauge and added another 3/4 inch all around the entire shape. I cut from this second, larger outline and set both pieces aside.

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To make my door and windows, I folded the fabric in half, used my rotary cutter to free hand a straight along one side and added a half } shape to the top.

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I cut out two more smaller, similar shapes for the inside of the door.

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For the windows, I did the same thing, but on a much smaller scale.

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I made two larger taller windows for the side of the door and four smaller windows.  I also cut out two 3/4 inch borders for the top and bottom of the mosque and smaller 3/4 borders for under the windows.

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I placed all my pieces on the heat bond interface and carefully ironed them. I like to use a smaller iron because it allows me to place the heat where I need it.  You can use a regular iron, but be careful the exposed interface might stick to your iron.

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I cut all the pieces out and set them aside.

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To make the decorations over the front door, I cut 1/2 inch squares from adhesive felt. These were so small, honestly I just didn’t want to try to sew them and used the adhesive felt out of laziness.  If you are going to make this as a gift for a child, please use regular felt and sew these on so they don’t end up in someone’s mouth.

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Once everything is cut and ready, I took the backing off the interface fabric (but not the felt!!) and started playing around with the design.

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Once I liked the design, I ironed on my details. I then pinned down the outline ribbons and newly acquired gold roof ribbon (so worth that $4, right?) and set it aside.

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The mosque in My First Ramadan has a little cupola on top. I thought it might be fun to turn this into a tab to carry the mosque, or hang it from a hook.  To create this tab, I cut out a little extra piece of fabric in a rectangle.

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I folded it in half lengthwise, headed to the sewing machine with it and my pinned mosque.  I sewed on all the ribbon and added a few details to the boarders.

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I also sewed my tab along one side, on the long fold.

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Then I turned it inside out and ironed it flat.

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Now it was ready to be folded in half and added to the top of my mosque.  I make sure to put it’s raw edges along the same side as the raw edges of my dome.

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I placed my blank pillow frame over this decorated pillow frame, main sides facing each other, and pinned them together.  Tip – when I pin a stuffie, I use colored pins as my starting and stopping points and regular pins everywhere else.  I need to leave an opening to turn my pillow inside out and having the coloring pins there remind me.

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Sew all around the pillow, going twice over the tab for security.  When I was done, I had a 3/4 boarder all around.

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I cut out little triangles from the corners to help disperse bulges once the pillow is flipped.

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I also went around the dome and cut off any extra ribbon and added slits all the way around.  This was a good time for me to cut off all the extra string too.

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I gently turned the pillow inside out and stuffed the inside.  I hand stitched my opening closed.

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I added my blue adhesive felt squares and the gem stars too.

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And how cute is this tab turn out?

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Now my pillow is ready to give to the kids when they hear my stories. I’m worried that they’ll fight over it. It was so easy to make, I think I need more!  Time to head back to that fabric drawer…


To enjoy more mosque crafts, please visit 99 Mosque Creative Projects. To learn more about Islam, please visit 99 Muslim Children Books.
To see what my fellow bloggers are posting for the #MKBKids Ramadan for Kids series, please visit  –

ArabBaba on Multicultural Kid Blogs
A Crafty Arab
All Done Monkey
Colours of Us
Crafty Moms Share
Creative World of Varya
Global Advocate Jr.
Kid World Citizen
La Cité des Vents

Ramadan for Kids 2016 | Multicultural Kid Blogs