No-Fastener Fabric Ang Pao Packet

These fabric ang pao packets are easier to sew than they look! They can be as simple or fancy as you like, and have no fussy buttons or ties, all while keeping their contents secure inside. Read on to learn how to make your own.

Sewjahit No-Fastener fabric Ang Pao Red Packet

Ang pao packets have for quite some time now joined the sustainability trend, with crafters making and selling fabric ang pao packets in a market that has seen increasing demand for sustainable handmade products.

Fabric ang pao packets can be as simple as a piece of red cloth sewn into an envelope, or intricately designed to mimic the traditional Chinese costume. When I was designing my version of the fabric ang pao featured in this post, I had just one aim - to do away with any form of fasteners (i.e. no buttons, no ties, no zippers) and at the same time keep the contents secure inside the packets.

Bring on the No-Fastener Fabric Ang Pao Packet.

pink quilted applique ang pao red packet with lace

One Side of the Ang Pao.

In the tutorial below, this side is called the "Back".

ang pao red packet oriental gold metallic fabric

The Other Side of the Ang Pao.

In the tutorial below, this side is called the "Front".

No-Fastener Closure

ang pao red packet fastening opening

Closer Look at Ang Pao's Opening

ang pao red packet with cash money

Huat ah!

To check out what else you can sew for the Chinese New Year, see this post.


The key to having no fastener is using an elastic element that "turns" to the back to conceal the opening and "turns" to the front to reveal it again. Here I have used 6-inch wide elastic lace. In general, your elastic lace needs to be at least as wide as the width of your ang pao packet.

wide maroon elastic lace

6 Inch Wide Elastic Lace

You will also need a main fabric, a back fabric, and a lining fabric. These can all be the same fabric if you are going for that minimalist look.

oriental fabric bundle pink and red

My Selection of Fabrics.

The lining fabric is a very thin cotton that is a little translucent.

The main and back fabrics are both quilting cotton.

To give it stiffness to withstand the pull of the elastic lace, this ang pao packet has a total of two layers of hard fusible non-woven interfacing and a layer of thick fusible batting.

You may notice that my ang pao packet has applique and quilting on it. These are totally optional and the tutorial below tells you at which point they need to be done.


I have actually made two slightly different designs. One of them has the lace running vertically, while the other has it running diagonally. The materials above and tutorial below are all for the diagonal version, which can be adapted to make the easier vertical version once you grasped the concept.

Vertical Lace Version.

Note that the workmanship here is not as good because this was my first try and I made quite a number of mistakes, all of which have been circumvented in the tutorial.

Diagonal Lace Version (Used in Tutorial)

STEP 1: Cut Fusible Interfacing & Batting

Cut interfacing and batting to the following dimensions and quantities: