North Africa Mr. Jellabiya Card {Tutorial}

The jellabeya ( جلابية‎ ) or jalabiya  is a traditional North African garment found in various forms in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.


At the Startalk Language Camp I taught at last week, we created this Mr. Jellabiya cards to use as thank you cards for the parents.


When I showed my daughter these cards, she of course wanted to make them to give out to family as Eid Mubarak cards.


So what better way to start our 2013 30 Day Crafty Ramadan challenge then with a craft that my daughter picked!



Red 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 inch card stock
Grey 2 x 2 inch card stock
Patterned 2 1/2 x 3 inch card stock
Glue stick
3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch card

Draw out the patterns in the below three photos on each of the three cardstocks. 
For the body, draw a half circle with long sides on the back of the patterned card stock.
For the head, draw out a circle on the grey card stock.
For the fez hat, draw out a trapezoid on the red card stock.
Then you’ll need to cut out all three shapes.

Now lay out your card flat and start gluing down the shapes.  Remember that Arabic cards open in the opposite direction then English cards, so you’ll need to glue down Mr. Galabeya to the left side of the card.

For the eyes, you’ll want to take the Sharpie and drawn on two dots.

Mr. Galabeya’s mustache is made from drawing two Arabic sideways fours (٤) on top of each other and then color in the space between.

For the top of Mr. Galabeya’s fez hat, first draw a circle at the top of the hat with the Sharpie.  Then you’ll need a line going down on the side of the fez.  Add a few more smaller lines to look like a tassel.

Your Mr. Galabeya card is done and ready to give out as a Eid Mubarak card to all your friends and family!

Check out other fun cards to make on A Crafty Arab on Pinterest.





I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.