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DIY Onigiri Mandarin Orange Carrier Bag

Mandarin oranges are a symbolic of wealth, abundance and good luck, and exchanging them between family and friends has always been a key tradition during Chinese New Year celebrations here in Singapore.

This year, let's be eco-friendly and DIY this cloth carrier that we can recycle every year for Lunar New Year or use them as a daily pouch to put your essentials when you are out.

A small multi-purpose open bag that has asymmetrical handles, with one of the handle that slips through the other to form a knot and close the bag.

Small but spacious, simple but stylish for CNY house visiting and are also great gifts for your friends or relatives this festive season!

There’s nothing quite like Chinese New Year without the sharing of mandarin oranges that signifies the abundance of good fortune and wealth. That is why bags of mandarin oranges have long been a symbolic gift in this occasion and carry it in your handmade carrier bag makes it more meaningful.

This is a quick project suitable for anyone with no sewing required. With just felt cloths, a pair of scissors & a tube of UHU glue, and of course our free pattern, you’ll be making carrier bag in no time!

You'll need:

  • Felt cloths in your desired colors, preferably in 2 colors.

  • A pair of scissors

  • Bobby pins (to secure the template to the felt cloth)

  • A tube of UHU glue


1. Download FREE template here and print it out in 100%:

Download PDF • 69KB

2. Place the printed template on the felt cloths and cut out the shape. You will need 2 pcs to make 1 bag.

3. Cut 2 pcs of the Felt cloth using the same template.

4. Place and align 2 pieces of Felt cloth together. Using a UHU glue, glue the top handle together.

5. Glue the bottom & sides together.

6. Turn the felt cloths inside out, with the glued edges inside.

8. Decorate the carrier bag with any embellishments you like.

And there you have it...your onigiri carrier bag is done!

This is a super functional and easy small bag to use. Simply just insert the long handle into the short handle and you are ready to get carry away with all the small happiness and joy in life!

Now, that you have made your Onigiri carrier bag, you are ready to tote your Mandarin Oranges around in this auspicious carrier bag when you go out for your visiting this CNY!

This super cute and functional bag also makes an amazing option for a quick trip to the grocery store and simply perfect for a lunch out. The perfect accessory for your everyday life!

This also makes a sweet gift for that special girl or lady. Just play with different Felt colors and add more bling or sparkle and you will have a perfect little gift for that special one!

It is super lightweight and easy to mail off for a birthday present or even a “thinking of you” surprise too!

This cute Onigiri Carrier bag is really simple to make! A great craft activity for a girls night out, a holiday craft project for children or even for brides-to-be on her bridal shower. The possibilities and looks for this cute bag are endless!

Been too busy in preparation of the Lunar New Year and no time to DIY?

You can purchase our Handmade Mandarin Orange Carrier Bag and usher the Lunar Chinese New Year in style and at ease! Or need small take out bag for a lunch date, we have pretty and sweet prints that will suits your everyday need too.

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