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Chinese New Year Money Pips

Chinese New Year Money Pips

Do you celebrate Chinese New Year?

Our oldest daughter has been teaching in Shanghai​​ for the past several years. She’s sent us some pretty cool gifts and along the way we’ve gotten to learn a bit about Chinese traditions.

One such tradition is to give money in red envelopes to friends, family and co-workers when you see them during the Chinese New Year celebrations. (Read more about Chinese Red Envelopes.)

When I was chatting with her one day last week, she suggested that it might be fun if I made some Chinese New Year Money Pips using my Thimble Pip Tutorial.

I’ve managed to ​get two finished and a third almost done.

Chinese New Year Money Pips - Two with Roosters One Red with Gold Dots

Luckily I had a few red and red with gold fabrics (traditional Chinese New Year colors) in my fabric dresser to choose from.

I used the 2″ templates from my tutorial.

As you can see, I added roosters to two of them. In the Chinese zodiac, this coming year is the Year of the Rooster.

One I fussy cut to make a hexie shape. Then I hand stitched it to one money pip’s side.

Hexie Rooster Chinese New Year Money Pip

For the other rooster, I fused a piece of fusible web to the back of the fabric and then carefully cut it out before fusing it in place.

Fused Rooster Chinese New Year Money Pip

And one was made with red with gold dots:

Red with Gold Dots Chinese New Year Money Pip

After Chinese New Year, it could be reused as a Valentine’s Pip.

These 2″ pips will hold quite a few coins…

Gold coins inside of Chinese New Year Money Pips

 

Want to make your own Chinese New Year Money Pips?

The complete instructions can be found in my Thimble Pip Tutorial!

 

In addition to the Money Pips, this weekend I’ll be making a batch of Almond Cookies with Red Dot centers. The recipe was given to me by our next door neighbor the first year we lived on Maui.

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Chinese New Year Money Pips - Year of the Rooster

2 Comments

  • Mary
    January 26, 2017 10:23 pm

    I just love your pips and this one is perfect for the Chinese New Year.

  • Rachel
    January 27, 2017 1:02 pm

    Charming and cheerful!

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