Triodion Parables: Fabric Learning Set

to purchase the fabric and make the learning set on your own – a very quick and simple DIY project that can be done either sewing it or without sewing. Scroll down for details and instructions.

This is a product from our collaboration with St. Tabitha’s Workshop, an Orthodox-focused online fabric shop.

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

We have created comprehensive lesson plans for teaching both parables, containing material that you can use together with the fabric set to do a full lesson. Please visit the following links:
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.


The Publican and the Pharisee

The Prodigal Son

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!


For a very easy DIY project, our fabric can be ordered from “St. Tabitha’s Workshop” online fabric shop, to cut and make your own learning set. The preparation mostly involves cutting the pieces, all the instructions are printed on the fabric, and there is very little to no sewing required.

Below we demonstrate a very quick and easy way that requires no sewing, and can be done together with the kids. After we cut out all the pieces, we used fabric glue to attach the pocket. An even easier option is to skip using the pocket altogether, and just roll up the pieces inside the background mat for storage.

DIY Tutorial


You can find this and our other DIY Fabric Learning Sets at St. Tabitha’s Workshop, an Orthodox-focused online store specializing in fabric items.


Cut out all the pieces following the instructions on the fabric.


Fold the pocket to the back of the mat.


Spread fabric glue on the edges of the inside of the pocket except the top.


Glue the pocket on the back of the background mat.


Place a heavy book over the glued pocket and let stand for 1-2 hours, or until completely dry.


To store the pieces after using, place them inside the pocket. Roll the pocket inside the rest of the mat. Secure with a ribbon.

You can staple the ribbon on the edge of the mat so it stays connected to the mat when it is opened.


Instead of using the pocket for storage, place the learning pieces on the mat, roll the mat up, and secure with a ribbon.


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

Please note: Except from the fabric product itself, we do not receive any financial compensation for the external links that we mention in our posts. We are only including them to share our experience and to make it easier for the reader, if interested, to find the products we used.