For Fortune Cookie Day, I thought I’d make fabric fortune cookies filled with good luck phrases. Search the web and you’ll find lots of great traditional (and not so traditional) saying to put into your handmade fortune cookies. This is a great scrap busting project, since it uses just small pieces of fabric.
And, what a fun little project to celebrate Chinese New Year! There are several different ways to make fabric fortune cookies, from gluing wire, to using fabric stiffener, and thick interfacing and sewing. I decided to use the ‘glue & wire’ method for these Fabric Fortune Cookies.
What kind of fabric makes good fortune cookie fabric?
I prefer working with 100% cotton fabrics since they work well with fusible web. Check out our article on everything you’d want to know about working with fusible web.
Make these fortune cookies and give as no-calorie gifts, or put them at each place setting for your Chinese New Year feast – or anytime you’d like to have some fun with your guests!
You can make these out of felt and skip fusing the two fabrics together.
What’s great about fortune cookies made out of fabric, they never go bad! You can use them over and over, just insert new fortunes for your next event!
Where can I find great ideas for fortunes cookie sayings?
Have some fun either coming up with your own ideas for fortune cookie fortunes for your guests or recipients, or do a web search to find some great ideas. This can be so much fun at a theme party or where you know your guests. Make the fortunes relevant to things going on in your lives, or current events!
Fortune cookies are to bring luck, fate and wisdom to you, so make sure that the messages can bring those traits to the recipient. And, that the messages are general enough that can be relevant to anyone who may receive it.
What does it mean when you get a cookie without a fortune?
Good news – it’s good luck! You get to pick your adventure! Seriously, folklore is that you have enough positive energy that you don’t need words to look forward to!
There are two beliefs for empty cookies – one is you are in control of your future and don’t need guidance with a message – you are ready to see the change you need. The other belief is that good fortune is about to come to you and, again, you don’t need a message for hope.
Are fortune cookies Japanese or Chinese?
In the United States we associate these cookies that are filled with hope with Chinese food, but they were originated in Japan!
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