Confucius say: “Make this bag and good fortune will bestow upon you.”

You will need:

  • ½ yd. of Fashion fabric, 45″ wide
  • ½ yd. of Satin lining, 45″ wide
  • ½ yd. of Fusible interfacing, 22″ wide
  • 1 yd. of Cording
  • Coordinating thread
  • 1 Closed nylon zipper, 12″ long
  • 1 shank button



Cut fashion fabric, lining, and interfacing each 1X.

Cut cording 16″ long 2X; button loop 4″ 1X


  1. Iron fusible interfacing to wrong side of fashion fabric following manufacturer’s directions.
  2. With right sides together, lay lining on top of fashion fabric. Baste together.
  3. On centerline, draw a narrow rectangle equal to the zipper length + 1/8″.
  4. Staystitch around this outline.
  5. Cut down center of rectangle and diagonally into the corners at each end using sharp pointed scissors. Remove basting.
  6. Flip fabrics right side out by inserting lining through slashed opening.
  7. Press seams of opening flat for a neat professional look.
  8. Place zipper face up in center of opening. Pin and baste into place.
  9. Topstitch around the zipper opening. Open zipper.
  10. Add 2 long cord loops, one on each end of bag. Double the cording to form a large strap loop. Attach cut ends side-by-side at end of zipper.  Sew a button loop to on end and attach a shank button on the other (as shown in model). *
  11. With right sides together, fold the fashion fabric in half and match notches. Pin and baste together along curved edge. (Keep lining free).
  12. Stitch curved seam and catch cording in the seam using a ½” seam allowance. Clip and notch seam allowance along curve.
  13. Repeat procedure for lining, leaving a 5″ opening.
  14. Turn bag right side out through zipper opening and slip stitch lining seam closed.
  15. To form the fortune cookie shape, “fold” purse and latch button to the button loop.

* OPTION: You can also make 1 long strap loop to slip through the button loop and draw up on it and omitting the button, if desired.