Triodion Parables: DIY Fabric Learning Set

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Our fabric learning sets were originally developed in collaboration with St. Tabitha’s Workshop, an online fabric and fabric item store specializing in Orthodox Christian products.

What do you mean by “DIY”?

The set comes as one 18′′ x 29′′ piece of soft fleece fabric. The finished set can be made very easily by cutting out the pieces. An optional storage pocket is included, which can be sewn or glued. We are offering detailed tutorials for making each finished set as well as exclusive printable activities for a rich religious education experience.

Our learning set is an act-out educational resource made out of soft fleece. It teaches the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee and the Parable of the Prodigal Son in a hands-on, Orthodox-focused way, helping the children better remember the story and understand the meaning of these two parables of the Triodion period.

The finished set consists of:
Fourteen learning pieces.
– A background mat, which can also be used to store the pieces.

Free Lesson Plans

For lesson plans to complement this learning set, please visit our pages:
The Parable of the Publican and Pharisee
The Parable of the Prodigal Son


Using our fabric set, the children will learn the story of each parable and also get familiar with the following Orthodox concepts:

  • God truly loves us, His children. When we commit sin, He is always ready to accept us back into His house, after we have sincerely repented.
  • Humility is crucial in this process – true repentance brings about a humble heart which is then free to accept the love of God.
  • Inside the Church, repentance and forgiveness are experienced through the Sacrament of Holy Confession.

Please note:

This is an educational resource to help teach Orthodox Christian children. Please be mindful when using, washing or storing it, since it depicts holy objects and images inspired by icons, which in real life are treated with reverence. Finished item not suitable for children under three years old.


Making your own learning set is a very easy DIY project. The preparation mostly involves cutting the pieces, all the instructions are printed on the fabric, and, depending on your preference, there is very little or no sewing required.

DIY Tutorial

For a detailed tutorial on how to make our fabric learning sets, please click on the button below.


Place the pieces inside the pocket. Roll the pocket inside the rest of the mat. Secure with a ribbon.


Place the learning pieces on the mat, roll the mat up, and secure with a ribbon.


Exploring the stories

The Publican is prideful so God can’t hear him. The Pharisee has a humble heart so he receives God’s blessing.

The Prodigal Son takes his money and leaves his loving Father.

The Prodigal Son has spent his fortune and has been reduced to feeding pigs for a living.

The Prodigal Son repents and decides to return to his Father, Who eagerly welcomes him back. The Prodigal Son’s brother is very jealous!

Special thanks to Presvytera Destinie of Ascetic Life of Motherhood and her wonderful little girls for working with our set and sharing photos with us!