Heartfelt Valentines: Fortune Cookies and Rings!comments (8) February 8th, 2009
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!
- 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)
- 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).
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery
Find ideas to create the ultimate DIY Wedding and to help plan any showers and parties this spring.