Monday, February 16, 2015

Chinese New Year Chopstick Sleeve

When the Chinese New Year begins on February 19th, we'll be in the Year of the Sheep. So if you were born in 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, or 2003, this is your year! I was born in the Year of the Tiger, which won't come around again until 2022, but I'm going to celebrate the New Year anyway. Maybe with some homemade fried rice, maybe with some Chinese takeout, but there will definitely be chopsticks involved.

I made this pretty chopstick sleeve in honor of the occasion. It's an easy sewing project that uses felt, gold rickrack and a flower charm from an old piece of jewelry.

To make a chopstick sleeve, cut two 1½-inch-wide strips of red felt--one 9 inches long, the other 11 inches long. Stitch a piece of gold rickrack down the center of the short strip, and then sew a small piece of rickrack to one short edge of each strip. Sew a charm, bead, or even a fancy button over the rickrack on the short felt strip. Pin the two felt strips together so the rickrack is facing up on both pieces and the bottom edges are aligned. Then use red embroidery floss and running stitch to sew the side and bottom edges of the sleeve together. 

That's it. Simple, right? Now you can enjoy your dim sum in style.

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