It’s Chinese New Year on the 8th of Feb, and 2016 is the year of the monkey. Apparently, “Monkeys” are witty, intelligent and have a magnetic personality. So there you go…
Anyway, thought I’d add a bit of a Chinese theme by making some fabric fortune cookies. I used some brown felt to make them look reasonably realistic but you can use jazzy fabric if you want.
I cut out a bunch of circles in the felt, I used a biscuit tin to draw around. I inserted a needle and thread about a third of the way up along the diameter and then back out the other side another third of the way and pull tight.
When you pull it tight the felt piece will fold in half as you can see bottom left, then you need to fold over A to B whilst pulling the thread. It’s a bit fiddly but I managed it! Then you just manipulate the felt until it takes the shape of a fortune cookie, as below.
Then I took a long strip of paper and wrote a fortune on it. The strip needs to be thin, and as long as the diameter of the felt circle plus however much you need to write plus a little but at the end. So the diameter of my circles were about 8cm, and I used 5cm to write my fortunes, and then about 5mm at the end so a blank section pokes out of the cookie for people to pull.
I started sewing the curved edges of the cookie together and sewed the paper strip into one corner. As you go around you just need to fold the fortune up inside the cookie so only a little bit pokes out and you need to leave a hole for it to be pulled through.