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Why did Adam and Eve make garments of fig leaves to cover themselves?

How did they sew the fig leaves together?

Genesis 3:7

NKJV - 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

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The verse the questioner mentions, Genesis 3:7, tells us that after eating the forbidden fruit the eyes of both Adam and Eve were opened, they now knew they were naked, and immediately after this they made coverings for themselves. This verse gives us some idea as to why they decided to sew fig leaves together for clothing: They understood their condition, which was both "spiritually naked" and physically naked, and they made a vain attempt to cover what they had done by fabricating some rudimentary clothes out of materials that were readily available to them.

Looking back at the previous chapter, Genesis 2, we find these verses:

"Then the man said, 
'This at last is bone of my bones 
and flesh of my flesh; 
she shall be called Woman, 
because she was taken out of Man.'

"24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed."

In most cultures, there is an inherent compulsion to cover oneself with clothing and a degree of shame or embarrassment in being naked. Even among people groups that don't seem bashful about baring some of their private parts, some amount of covering is usually customary. 

Why is this? Because as fallen human beings, nakedness opens the door for a host of issues related to the flesh. First and foremost, we're more affected by lustful desires and sexual temptation when people around us are nude or scantily clad, especially men. On the other side of the spectrum, people are often embarrassed of what they look like compared to others--naked or not--so they do their best to hide their true appearance. Whatever the situation, before sin entered the world, lust wasn't a problem, and neither was the insecurity that comes from comparison. Sin changed everything, including how we relate to each other and view each other based on appearances.

It's interesting to note that Adam and Eve made themselves coverings from fig leaves, but when God confronted them and dealt with their sin, he killed an animal--the first blood sacrifice to occur in our history--and made them coverings out of the skins of the animal. 

The killing of this animal to take the place of the fig coverings is a "shadow" of future events in the OT and NT: The regulations of the OT, which were given by God but performed by humans, was insufficient to completely and permanently bridge the gap between God and man. Therefore, God sent His Son as the perfect blood sacrifice to atone for our sins once and for all. Just as human effort was insufficient to cover the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden, human effort was insufficient to cover the sins of the rest of mankind. In both cases, God provided the only blood sacrifice that would sufficiently cover the sins of mankind.

The questioner asks one more thing: How did Adam and Eve sew the leaves together? The scripture doesn't specifically tell us, but I can think of a couple suggestions:

First of all, fig leaves are generally pretty big leaves, and it's possible that these leaves were so large that one would cover a significant area of the human body. Also, the technique of using plant materials for sewing (such as vines, thin grass blades, and stems) has been around for thousands of years, and it's likely that Adam and Eve employed these methods, or similar.

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