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How to Set Up a Sacred Space for Sikh Scriptures - Part 2

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Applique Khanda to Reversible Rumala Coverlet
Portable Altar Ready for Use

Portable Altar Ready for Use

Photo © [S Khalsa]

Appliqué Khanda to Reversible Rumala Coverlet

Decorate the reversible rumala coverlet with a Khanda emblem.

Tools needed:

  • Straight pins.
  • Pencil and Marker.
  • Fine point scissors.
  • Sewing machine with zigzag stitch.

Materials needed:

  • 1/2 yard Fabric.
  • 1/2 yard contrasting material.
  • Matching thread

Make a Khanda pattern:

  • Cut a 16"-18" square from heavy paper or news print.
  • Fold diagonally.
  • Use a pencil to draw half a double edge sword with handle. Start from the top point and draw down the length of the fold to the bottom point.
  • From the midpoint draw two semi circles about one inch apart, about the size of half a dinner plate.
  • Draw the blade of a kirpan close to the outer edge so that the handle meets, and crosses, the handle of the double edge sword.
  • Open and press flat.
  • Draw in the kirpan handle. Adjust pattern and sketch in the other side of the double edge sword.
  • Cut out while folded diagonally to obtain best symmetry.

To appliqué a Khanda onto rumala coverlet:

  • Cut a square 18"x18" from both fabric and contrasting material.
  • Turn the squares diagonally and align each to the center of contrasting material of the rumala coverlet.
  • Pin edges of each piece of fabric to contrasting side of the coverlet.
  • Pin pattern onto diagonal piece of fabric so that the sword point is at the top of the and handle at the bottom closest to trimmed edge.
  • Trace with marker.
  • Remove the pattern, taking care to replace each pin so that the tracing stays in place while zigzag stitching the appliqué.
  • Zigzag topstitch over the traced lines of the pattern with matching thread using a medium width zigzag setting close to fine.
  • Trim away excess fabric from the Khanda appliqués on both sides of the reversible rumala coverlet.

Drape the altar with the finished rumala coverlet. The altar is ready for the scripture of Guru Granth.

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