How to Sew a Fortune Cookie for Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day and more

How to Sew a Fortune Cookie for Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day and more

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8 fabric fortune cookies in a variety of sizes

sew your stash – how to make fortune cookies from fabric scraps

🥠 Fortune Cookies – not just for Chinese Take-Out. In this blog post I’m going to teach you how to sew a fortune cookie and the many ways and occasions you can use them. Fabric fortune cookies not only make for a fun DIY project but also serve as personalized gifts, party favors, or even quirky decorations.

Grab your fabric scraps, sewing supplies, something round to use as as template and let’s get at it. First I’ll show you HOW to make them and then give you some ideas about when to use them and finish off with some themed fortunes  to get you started.


🧵 The fabrics used in this tutorial is my “Red February Flower Toss” – part of my Monthly Placemat Panel series, and 5″ precuts from the Holiday Cheer collection from My Mind’s Eye – both from Riley Blake Designs.

fabric supplies to make fortune cookies from fabric
bowls with edible and fabric fortune cookies


00:00 Introduction
00:55 Supplies
01:12 Sizes of fabric needed
01:24 Ways to draw circles
01:50 How to stabilize the fabric
02:26 Misc sewing supplies
03:04 The easiest way
03:47 Felt and fabric method 2
04:21 Fabric scraps and interfacing
04:58 Fabric scraps and fusible fleece
05:16 Sewing tips

05:41 Making a fortune cookie for money
06:21 Trim circles
07:44 Turn fabric right side out
09:36 Topstitching tips
09:46 How to pull up your bobbin thread
10:22 Fold and stitch
14:20 Turn right side out
14:49 Add money or fortunes
16:10 Review of fabric fortune cookie sizes

🐲 Chinese New Year Celebrations

Fortune cookies and Chinese New Year festivities go hand in hand. Craft fabric fortune cookies in traditional red and gold colors and fill them with well-wishing messages or predictions for the coming year. Click her to see 12 fortune ideas for the Year of the Dragon.

💌 Valentine’s Day

Give something unique for Valentine’s Day – a special fabric fortune cookie filled with messages or love notes. Click here to see funny fortunes and 12 fortunes for teachers to use for students for Valentine’s Day.

🍽️ Thoughtful Table Settings

Use fabric fortune cookies as charming additions to tea parties or luncheons. Use them as place cards and / or include positive affirmations, quotes, or words of encouragement inside each cookie for a delightful and uplifting experience.

a table setting with a fabric fortune cookie as the name card

🦃 Thanksgiving Dinner

Gratitude Tokens – sew fabric fortune cookies with messages of gratitude and thanks. Place them at each dinner setting or use them as a unique way to express appreciation during Thanksgiving celebrations. You could also use them as place cards or an activity where each person writes a message of gratitude, places it in the fortune cookie and then each guest leaves with a random fabric cookie and message at the end of the night.

🎓 Graduation Party

Fortune cookies can be a fun way to celebrate and give advice to the graduate. Make a bowl of fabric fortune cookies with blank papers and pens for guests to write well wishes for the future. They then put it in a fortune cookie to be read later. Here are 12 fortunes for a Graduation Party to get you started. 

Other ways to use fortune cookies:

  • Romantic Tokens
  • Resolutions and Predictions
  • Words of Wisdom
  • Personalized party favors
  • Spread Positivity
  • Milestone Memories
  • Gratitude Tokens
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Gender Reveal Surprises
  • Baby Shower
  • Team Building or Training Sessions
  • and more

🐲 🥠 12 Chinese New Year Fortune Cookie Sayings

  1. Gung Hay Fat Choy!
  2. Happy Chinese New Year 2024!
  3. Good things are coming to you in 2024
  4. The Year of the Dragon brings prosperity and good fortune.
  5. The Year of the Dragon will be good to you.
  6. Success is in your future.
  7. Good news is coming your way.
  8. All you need is love & fortune cookies
  9. Kindness brings riches.
  10. May inner peace be your constant companion, grounding you in times of chaos.
  11. The currents of success flow in your favor.
  12. With resilience as your guide, you’ll overcome obstacles and emerge stronger and wiser.

🤣 🥠 12 Funny Fortune Cookie Sayings

  1. Wear your invisible giggle goggles—they’ll reveal the humor in everyday situations.
  2. Prepare for a day of uncontrollable laughter!
  3. A bubblegum bubble will reveal the answer to your deepest question today. Chew wisely and await the burst of knowledge!
  4. There is chocolate in your future.
  5. All you need is love & fortune cookies.
  6. The fortune you seek is in another cookie.
  7. Error 404: fortune not found.
  8. I see money in your future but I’m not sure it’s yours…
  9. These numbers mean nothing: 31, 62, 93, 106
  10. Your mother was right and will love nothing more than for you to admit it!
  11. If you buy a dolphin your life will have real porpoise
  12. Your pet is plotting something – you’ve been warned

💌  🥠 12 Fortune Cookie Sayings  for Teachers to use for Students for Valentine’s Day

  1. Happy Valentine’s Day from your favorite teacher
  2. Your artistic flair makes hearts skip a beat – Happy Valentine’s Day!
  3. Open hearts on Valentine’s Day & watch the classroom bloom with love.
  4. Your wisdom is like a treasure map – Happy Valentine’s Day!
  5. Your positive spirit is the compass that guides the entire class this Valentine’s Day
  6. Your smile is a bright beacon in the classroom this Valentine’s Day
  7. Your acts of kindness make the classroom great – Happy Valentine’s Day!
  8. Unleash your imagination, and let your artistic spirit soar to new heights this Valentine’s Day
  9. Let your dreams take flight this Valentine’s Day
  10. You help fill the classroom with joy this Valentine’s Day
  11. Thank you for being such an amazing student – Happy Valentine’s Day!
  12. Don’t tell the other teachers but I have the best students – Happy Valentine’s Day!

🎓 🥠 Graduation Party Fortune Cookie Sayings

  1. Your diploma holds the key to a world of endless possibilities.
  2. Graduation is just the beginning of your extraordinary journey!
  3. You are destined for greatness beyond the graduation walls.
  4. Your creativity is the mortar that holds the bricks of your success together.
  5. May your journey be adorned with accomplishments as you navigate the path ahead.
  6. Trust your intuition – you’re right on!You’re future’s so bright you’ve gotta wear shades
  7. Your hard work and determination is your ticket to success.
  8. You will have financial success in your future.
  9. Listen to your family these next few days to get the answers you seek.
  10. You have made someone very proud today. (Go give your mom a hug and a tissue!)
  11. The world is your oyster – take chances and see where you land.


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Leave a comment and let me know how and when you will use your fortune cookies – you know you want to get your scrap pile down and this is a quick and easy way to help! If you make any fabric fortune cookies and post on Instagram be sure to tag me (@artisttarareed) – I love to see what people create. Follow my YouTube channel for new sewing projects and tips every week.

🧵 🥠 Tara Reed

P.S. Is there a sewing tutorial you’d love to see? Leave me a comment and I’ll add it to my idea list!



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Graduation Party Ideas

Graduation Party Ideas

Graduations are a BIG DEAL and a great reason to celebrate!

If you are looking for graduation party ideas  you’ve come to the right place. I’ve done the legwork for you and gathered links to foods, desserts and decoration ideas for you to consider.

With over 30 food ideas and a dozen ways to decorate for your graduation party – there is something for everyone.


As an artist and digital designer for Cricut and Silhouette machines – I love working on the decorations. Food is always the harder part of a party for me so finding all these amazing food and dessert ideas made my mouth water. 

Whether you want to make decorations for the table or graduation candy stickers with your cutting machine – I’ve got ideas for you.

If you want wings, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian – cheese trays or charcuterie boards – I’ve got links for that too.

Here are quick links by category – I hope this helps inspire you for the big day! If you try any be sure to leave a comment so I know how it went (and what I should try first.)



Free Graduation printable for straws, signs, gift tags and more. Get them from

4 Bible verses that are perfect to make graduation gifts with your Cricut or Silhouette. Find them on DesignBundles

If you love rustic styles with a little glam Kate at A Hundred Affections has some great decor ideas on her blog. See more at

Make your own Graduation Mortarboard Card Box. (Don’t mind the year on the sample – obviously use the year you need!) Learn how at

Find lots of Graduation Decorations, lawn signs, balloon arches and more on 

DIY graduation decoration and gift designs galore! So many options with your Cricut or Silhouette and other craft methods. Find the “Congrats Grad” set on Etsy

The perfect image for a sloth loving (or just very tired) graduate! Compatible with  Cricut or Silhouette and other craft methods. Find it on DesignBundles

Here is a fun DIY Diploma Menu Printable to add a festive flair to your graduation party. Not only is it a great conversation piece, it will also add interest to your buffet and dessert table. Get the printable from

Learn how to make a Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go decoration using things you may already have around your house! This DIY Oh the Places You’ll Go decoration would be great for a graduation party. Learn more at

This bundle came from a request – a customer wanted to make shirts for the whole family to celebrate her son’s graduation. Compatible with  Cricut or Silhouette and other craft methods. Find it on DesignBundles


Baked pears, an elegant dessert with fruit’s warm, sweet flavor, and the crunch of walnuts and pecans plays together like pear-fect harmony. Get the recipe from

Full on flavor finger licking sticky spicy baked chicken wings perfect for a graduation party or finger food. Get the recipe from

If you’ve ever thought about how to present salad in a fun and unique way, this recipe is for you. It takes just 20 minutes to put together and requires no cooking. It’s versatile and easy to make, yet quite impressive! Get the recipe from

Alabama White Sauce Chicken Sliders is it! These little sliders may be small but that are big on flavor! Full of pulled chicken, tangy spicy brown mustard, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and a variety of seasonings, this recipe will become your new to go chicken recipe! Get the recipe from

If you are looking for healthier food options to try, then these Turkey and Bacon Jalapeno Poppers are exactly what you are looking for. Get the recipe from

Creamy Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese – an easy crowd pleaser! Get the recipe from

These goat cheese stuffed dates are easy to make and can be prepared in advance. They have the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors. Get the recipe from

This sweet and spicy salsa is perfect to serve as a graduation party appetizer or snack. Get the recipe from

Made with juicy shredded chicken, creamy ranch dressing, cream cheese, hot sauce, and loads of cheese, this easy and delicious Buffalo Chicken Dip is then baked until golden, bubbly, and perfect for dipping. Get the recipe from

Make this easy shrimp cup recipe for your next party, get together, or for game day. Only 1 Weight Watchers Points each! Get the recipe from

This air-fried pork wontons recipe is a healthier version of the popular Asian appetizer or snack! It’s simply wonton wrappers stuffed with ground pork seasoned with soy sauce, loaded with the flavors of garlic, cilantro root, and white peppercorn. Get the recipe from


This vegan nacho cheese sauce will be the life of the party! Its smooth texture and cheesy taste will have you dipping and drizzling it on all of your favorite dishes. Get the recipe from

Tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, these Teriyaki Cauliflower Wings will be your new favorite appetizer! They’re completely vegan, and can easily be made gluten-free! Get the recipe from

These Vegan Double Chocolate Chip Cookies are fudgy, chewy, and so chocolaty! They’re made healthier with whole wheat flour, and are lower in sugar, compared to regular cookies. Just 8 ingredients needed! Get the recipe from

This carrot cake recipe is gluten-free, delicious, and healthy at the same time. It will be a hit with kids and adults! Get the recipe from

These Stuffed Roasted Sweet Peppers will make the perfect side dish or appetizer for your next dinner party. Everyone will enjoy the scrumptious basmati filling nestled in crunchy, roasted baby sweet peppers! Get the recipe from

Champagne is always a great way to celebrate graduation- why not take a different spin on champagne from everyone else and make these Vegan, simple but delicious lychee jellies with champagne which are both novel and fun? Get the recipe from


A guide to creating the best cheese board with a variety of different cheeses, crackers, fruit and accompaniments. Learn more at

Who doesn’t LOVE a good veggie tray for any and every occasion – how about your graduation party? Find an easy dill vegetable dip recipe here. Get the recipe from

Make A Charcuterie Board for your graduation event – there’s something for everyone! Get the recipe from

This snack board is filled with fresh fruits and veggies. It’s both vegan and gluten-free, making it a great option for guests with dietary restrictions Learn more at

This recipe for cream cheese fruit dip is a light and creamy 3 ingredient dip that’s perfect with your favorite fruit. A super easy snack or dessert option that’s perfect for any gathering! Get the recipe from

Designed for New Year’s Eve I think Meg’s cheese board is perfect for a graduation party. See how she made it at


Create a DIY Graduation Cap Cupcake Stand and Cake Plate. See how at

Make these favors for a graduation party with some paper, yarn, and empty plastic cups. Nikki filled these graduation favors with cotton candy, but you could fill them with pretty much anything.​ Learn to make them from

This chocolate hummus is an easy, tasty recipe that’s perfect for celebrations. Serve it with fresh fruit or cookies for dipping. Get the recipe from

This Blueberry Pancake Bundt Cake is moist, fluffy, and bursting with juicy blueberries! It’s made with pancake mix for a quick and easy dessert or breakfast! Get the recipe from

These wild blueberry and lemon bliss balls are a quick & easy no bake snack or light dessert that are perfect for parties and gatherings, as a large batch can be made in just 5 minutes. Get the recipe from

Graduation cupcakes are so cute to make and have at parties! The cutest cupcakes ever and you can personalize them with school colors too!! Get the recipe from

Thin chocolate coconut bark topped with crushed almonds and unsweetened coconut. This treat is perfect for any occasion and makes a decadent party giveaway gift! Get the recipe from

These adorable graduation cap treats come together in just minutes! Get the instructions from

These adorable graduation cap treats come together in just minutes! Get the details from

This no-bake Peanut Butter Cracker Sandwiches recipe will allow you to make an awesome snack/dessert using 3 to 4 simple ingredients without doing much at all! Get the directions from

These simple chocolate orange cupcakes are made with real oranges and rich cocoa powder. Fabulous on their own or with decadent chocolate orange frosting. Get the recipe from

These graduation cap party treats are perfect for classroom parties, for your grad, or a graduation party Learn more at

Homemade Brownies Unlike Any Other – Making brownies from scratch is much easier than you might think. The prep time for the batter is about 20 minutes and for the frosting it’s about 5 minutes. Learn more at

Funfetti Graduation Cupcakes in DIY candy filled cake stands will get an A+ grade with your graduate and their friends! Learn how to make them at

I hope you found some great ideas to celebrate this milestone. Whether it’s a preschool or kindergarten graduation, high school graduation, college graduation or maybe grad school – celebrate them all.

Hats off to the grad!

👩🏻‍🎓 Tara Reed

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