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DIY How to Sew a Sikh Prayer Book Pothi Pouch Illustrated

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Illustrated Instructions for Sewing a Sikh Prayer Book Pothi Pouch
Sikh Prayer Book With Cover in Pothi Pouch

Sikh Prayer Book With Cover in Pothi Pouch

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Instructions for Sewing a Gurbani Prayer Book Pothi Pouch

A pothi pouch is a practical protective pouch that you can easily sew yourself for storing a Sikh prayer book. Sikhs have a high regard for the scriptures in prayer books and hymnals which include verses known as Gurbani, or the Guru's word taken from the Guru Granth Sahib. Sikh prayers are bound in a hand held Gurbani prayer book called a gutka. Books such as the Amrit Kirtan hymnal are sometimes referred to as a pothi, meaning sacred book. Sikh prayer books and hymnals are to be handled with respect and ought not to be touched with out first washing hands. They are not to be left lying around and ought not to touch the floor. A fabric satchel is a respectful way to keep the cover of Sikh prayer books and hymnals clean and protect them from damage. Stitching a Gurbani prayer book cover and pothi pouch for your Nitnem gutka or Amrit Kirtan pothi is easy.

Skill level - Easy. Allow 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Tools needed:

  • Sewing machine.
  • Scissors.
  • Straight pins.
  • Tape measure.

Materials needed for the slip cover:

  • Fabric - 1/8 to 1/2 yard.
  • Thread to match, or of a contrasting color.

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