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Heartfelt Valentines: Fortune Cookies and Rings!

comments (9) January 22nd, 2014     

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susanstars Susan Beal, contributor
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This set of a felt fortune cookie and matching mini-ring is a fun and quick little project.
Use a teacup or another similar-sized round object for your cookie template, and a spool of thread for your ring template.
Once youve cut out your circle, you can fold it in half, pin it, and then sew it down the center of the circle, right where the pin was. This forms a neat dimple when the cookie is folded.
Once youve sewn the inner cookie seam, fold it perpendicular so the stitching is inside the cookie. Stitch all around the perimeter, leaving a space of about an inch at each end of the half-circle. Your cookie will fold naturally since youve done the inside sewing first!
To add the fortune itself, put a dab of hot glue on one end of the white felt strip and quickly ease it inside one opening. Add the tiny red heart the same way.
This set of a felt fortune cookie and matching mini-ring is a fun and quick little project.

This set of a felt fortune cookie and matching mini-ring is a fun and quick little project.

Photo: Susan Beal

I love fortune cookies, and when I joined a handmade play-food swap with a group of crafty moms, I thought I'd make up sets of felt fortune cookies for all the babies and toddlers in the circle. Then I realized that since it's so close to Valentine's Day, a few extra heart-themed cookies would be a fun gift for my valentines...and I thought a teeny version would make a very cute ring! So I whipped up a few more in large and tiny sizes. Here's how to make your own version!

You'll need:

  • Felt in the color of your choice (I used tan, but red, pink, or your recipient's favorite color would be fun, plus small remnants of white and a contrast heart color)
  • Sharp scissors
  • A teacup or another round jar, glass, etc., for a template (mine measured about 3 inches across; if yours is a similar size, you will be able to make six fortune cookies with one 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of felt)
  • Marker
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine with coordinating thread
  • Hot-glue gun

For the ring version, you'll also need:

  • A spool of thread or another similar-sized round template instead of the teacup (mine measured about 1.25 inches across)
  • Ring blank (I found mine at Metalliferous)

To make the cookie:

1. Using a marker, trace your cup (or other similar round template) onto your felt. Cut the circle out and set it aside. Also cut out a small strip of white felt for your fortune and a tiny red heart (or any other decoration) to embellish it, if you like.

2. Fold the cookie circle in half as shown and pin it so the fold stays sharp. Using a straight stitch, sew a seam about one-half the length of the diameter of the circle, centered right where the pin marks (as seen in the photo). This interior seam will make your cookie sit neatly when it's finished-it will form a "spine" in the center. Backstitch at the beginning and end of your seam to hold it securely.

3. Now fold your cookie perpendicular to the seam so that the stitching is trapped inside your circle. Pin it as shown in the photo so you can see that the stitched seam is in the center of the half-circle. Sew all around the perimeter of the half-circle, joining the two halves and leaving an opening of about an inch at each end. Again, backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam.

4. Apply a dab of hot glue to one end of your white fortune, and ease it into one opening of the cookie before the glue cools. Add the tiny heart or other embellishment the same way.

To make the ring:

1. Follow steps 1 and 2 using a smaller template like a spool of thread, and a tiny strip of white felt for your fortune. If you're up for cutting a teeny-tiny heart, more power to you!

2. Fold the circle as described in step 3, but instead of sewing it, you'll simply glue it closed, with the fortune inside at the same time. Apply a thin line of hot glue all around the curved perimeter of the half-circle, catching the fortune strip in when you join the cookie together.

3. Apply a generous dab of hot glue to the top of a ring blank, and press the fortune cookie right onto it. Let it dry and cool completely before wearing it or giving it to your friend.

Variation: Instead of gluing down a felt "fortune" in step 4, you can write up a custom paper fortune just for your gift's recipient and tuck that inside instead (no glue necessary).

 

 

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Comments (9)

Criativa writes: so cute. Love it.
Posted: 12:26 pm on February 8th
belleeven writes: what an adorable idea! very creative & fun - and nicely written tutorial. thank you. :)
Posted: 6:00 pm on March 13th
CarolfromJnO writes: I saw this idea somewhere else but it was way more difficult and I could not get it right!! Thanks for the easypeasy version.
Posted: 11:55 am on February 9th
walkinthewoodsllc writes: These are so very, very cute ... a great gift for valentine's and anytime.
Posted: 9:24 pm on February 3rd
irishwings writes: These are not only easy to make but really cute to give to someone.It would be nice to tuck a fortune inside stating a gift you are giving someone,like a coffee date or supper date that you'll pay for.Thanx for sharing!!
Posted: 8:17 pm on February 3rd
mommaviv writes: I Love it! These are so cute I can't wait to make a bunch....what great gifts they will make.
Posted: 1:11 am on May 14th
kendibird writes: hey I actually have done these before! I used foam sheets instead but I love the idea of using felt!
Posted: 1:10 am on March 23rd
Budget_Bride writes: Wow, I'm so enamored with these! They look super easy, and they're just adorable. I love that you can customize the fortunes. I hope it's okay if I link to this great article from my Budget Bride Blog! I think these would make excellent DIY wedding favors.
Posted: 11:05 pm on February 10th
Fiberfads writes: This is adorable and so doable...especially if you have a lot of Valentine's. I'm going to make up a bunch of these and send them to my college daughter and her friends.

Thanks! Adele from fiberfads.etsy.com
Posted: 10:02 am on February 8th
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