The traditional Hamsa Hand is an ancient protective symbol that can be found in many cultures throughout the world. These quilts are great for decorating your own home or to give as housewarming gifts for spiritual friends.
1. First create your hand pattern. There are two types of hamsa hands...one with the outer fingers pointing out for protection and one with the fingers all together for good fortune.
2. Trace your pattern onto a piece of fabric, and create a square a bit larger than the hand. Pin the hand shape onto the square and sew around with a zig zag or other decorative stitch.
3. Pin the square to a piece of batting and use a zig zag stitch to sew around the outside. Then trim away the batting.
4. Draw an eye design on the palm of the hand. Sew over the lines with a straight stitch or other decorative stitch. Add decorative stitching to your liking. Sew on a large button as the iris of the eye. Add a border fabric around the outside if you want to. Then place the work face down on a piece of muslin or backing fabric, pin and sew around the edges with a straight stitch, leaving an opening for turning right side out. Turn right side out and finger press the edges. Sew around the outside edges with a decorative stitch, closing the opening. Add a loop for displaying the work.