Easy, No-stitch Holiday Decorating Idea

1 Dec 2009

Looking for an easy, no-stitch holiday decorating idea? Why not make fabric fortune cookies? They're a great way to use up those precious scraps of hand-dyed or commercial fabrics you can't bear to throw out, and you can slip artful wishes for the New Year inside them.

This past weekend, I made a handful to give out at an upcoming holiday dinner party I'm hosting, and found making them to be a fun, no-stitch decorating project that will personalize my dining room table.

I was inspired to make these fabric fortunes by the ones Andrea Shedletsky created for International Quilt Festival/Quilt Scene. All you need are fabric scraps, fabric stiffener, basic supplies like shears and fusible, and your fortunes or good wishes. Cut, fuse, fold, and stiffen.

You can tailor each wish or fortune to a specific person, using the "cookies" as place cards or scatter them on the table to make an interesting tablescape--and let the wishes fall where they may! They make great party favors.

I made my fortune cookies using fabrics I had dyed and printed. You can always use scraps of unaltered commercial fabrics. But if you want to make your fabric fortune cookies unique and just used up your last dyed and printed scrap, consider these altering alternatives:

Stamp. Simply take a piece of fabric and stamp over it randomly with a rubber stamp and ink (like StazOn®) or acrylic or fabric paint. Use a bold, chunky stamp rather than one that is finely cut, for best results.

Dye with paint. Fluid acrylics and Lumiere® metallic paints are good choices for dyeing small amounts of fabric, and the Lumiere will lend sparkle to your table design. Just water down the paint in a small container (not to be used for food) and submerge the fabric. Scrunching the fabric into the container will give the resulting fabric a mottled look. When you have the color you desire, rinse, let dry, and heat set. 

Tea-dye. A great way to "age" fabric or subdue bright colors. Be sure to saturate the fabric with clear water before steeping.

Bleach it out. Use a bleach pen to remove color from the fabric, outlining parts of the existing design or making your own design over the original fabric. Be sure to wear gloves and protective eyewear and work in a well-ventilated area or wear a ventilator.

Use a sticker resist. Apply flexible stickers (circles, letters, etc.) onto your fabric, pressing firmly. Using fabric paints, brush or pounce your paint brush over the edges of the stickers and then brush over the surrounding surface. Let the paint dry completely, and then remove the stickers and heat set the fabric. (For full instructions on this method, see the December 2009/January 2010 issue of Quilting Arts.)

These are just a few ideas for altering your fabric to make these fortune cookies, if you desire. Or, just keep it simple. You can get the full directions for making these no-sew folded wonders in Quilt Scene
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on 1 Dec 2009 7:26 AM

What a fabulous idea!  As a design expert and hostess with the mostess I'm definitely going to borrow this idea!  Thanks!

on 1 Dec 2009 7:48 AM

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watercolor2 wrote
on 1 Dec 2009 8:44 AM

Just in time......using Christmas fabrics for upcoming dinner/card group!   Thanks for the idea............

on 2 Dec 2009 8:02 PM

This is one good idea that is worth atry. Thanks for sharing.

watercolor2 wrote
on 3 Dec 2009 9:03 AM

Opps.....  I'm to new at all of this to know how to make these darling fortune cookies in time for a Christmas party next week!    Can anyone tell me how ...step by step ???  

wcsally wrote
on 24 Nov 2012 6:41 AM

Went to directions for making and the magazine is not available ....

bucklady wrote
on 24 Nov 2012 6:37 PM

Great idea, but directions would be helpful since the magazine referred to is no longer available.???

bucklady wrote
on 24 Nov 2012 6:40 PM

Fun idea but links to directions yield not available magazines.  Any way to get the directions?  Thanks.

on 29 Dec 2012 10:34 AM

You're offering no directions from a magazine that is out of stock. Lame!  I rate this zero.

on 29 Dec 2012 10:34 AM

You're offering no directions from a magazine that is out of stock. Lame!  I rate this zero.

on 29 Dec 2012 10:36 AM

You're offering no directions from a magazine that is out of stock. Lame!  I rate this zero.

on 29 Dec 2012 12:56 PM

I googled No Sew Fortune cookies and found this source since the one cited here is not available:

www.nancysnotions.com/.../fortunecookie.pdf

julie1220 wrote
on 29 Dec 2012 1:03 PM

i'd echo the other 2012 commenters - it only helps to have the idea if it comes with the directions.  

on 29 Dec 2012 3:44 PM

I have a good imagination, , but instructions make it easier and i am not in a bad mood!

on 29 Dec 2012 3:44 PM

I have a good imagination, , but instructions make it easier and i am not in a bad mood!

Froginastorm wrote
on 30 Dec 2012 9:02 AM

Love this idea & want to create, but without directions it makes it really hard... Next to impossible. Please help!!

Karen M wrote
on 31 Dec 2012 5:04 AM

Marion, thank you for the link to some instructions at Nancy's Notions. They were wonderful and you are an angel :)

Karen M wrote
on 31 Dec 2012 5:04 AM

Marion, thank you for the link to some instructions at Nancy's Notions. They were wonderful and you are an angel :)

kiwijulie wrote
on 3 Jan 2013 2:18 PM

Brilliant and easy project. We made these for teacher gifts this year with my kids involvement, and also to mail overseas (mailed flat with a youtube link noted in card for folding). I've heard many of our recipients have saved them with their current or new messages to put on their xmas trees next year.

If you need instructions then its easy to find on youtube, various designs available.