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We wanted to give origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, a little BurdaStyle: instead of paper, we are using fabric! With a little bit of fabric stiffener and patience, you can use classic origami patterns to make fabric sculptures to top of gifts, brooches, fascinators, wreaths…. Your imagination is your only limit!

Technique Materials

Fabric stiffener, available at craft and art stores. Follow manufacturer’s instructions.

Small pieces of thin woven fabrics; we used silk taffeta

L-square, chalk, scissors, origami instructions

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    Nov 12, 2010, 07.27 PMby cantare

    I’m trying it this weekend and I will post what I have made. Thank you for the tutorial!

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    May 28, 2010, 07.10 AMby lottatroublemaker

    That is such a great idea! I just watched a fantastic documentary about origami, showing several professional origami artists making the most ellaborate projects/sculptures – really amazing, never knew origami could be that complicated before…

    This fabric origami would be awesome to do for a baby’s mobile to hang over the crib!!! E.g. different origami birds in bright colors hung on string from horisontal thin wooden dowels (e.g. 3, one on top, then two fastened to each side of the first one, hanging on string so so each will move freely)? :)

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      Jun 13, 2010, 09.43 AMby carlypops

      what a great idea!

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    Feb 11, 2009, 09.12 AMby craftclothier

    lollypopstar, I don’t think interfacing would work because origami usually shows both sides of the paper, and the added thickness would impede getting crisp folds. But you could always try. Let me know if I’m wrong! :)

    I’ve purchased some cotton from Japan that I’m going to try for this project. A local business has decided to hang 1,000 (paper) Cranes in celebration of the New Year. I’m going to add my several fabric ones to the collection, if all goes as planned.

    Thanks for the wonderful project!

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    Jan 1, 2009, 01.23 PMby starkitty

    That is soooo cool! I love origami I can’t wait to try this project! Thanks for sharing.

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    Dec 31, 2008, 03.25 AMby lollypopstar

    What a lovely and distinctive project! I love origami and I’m just getting to grips with fabric creations so this is something I’m definitely goin to try. One question – what kind of fabric stiffener is being used here? Could you use stiff interfacing instead?

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    Dec 29, 2008, 07.40 AMby grinchy

    so cute!!

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    Dec 17, 2008, 02.02 PMby milliesewly

    ahhhhhh i love it!

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    Dec 15, 2008, 08.45 AMby peach

    OMG! Thank you so much. I’ve been thinking about doing origami with fabric for some time i just was not sure if it would hold. Thanks again.

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    Dec 15, 2008, 03.14 AMby miss-g

    I love this and I love origami. Perfect for using with small scraps of fabric. Great idea. Thank you BurdaStyle team.

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    Dec 14, 2008, 09.10 AMby fraufrohlich

    thank you sooo sooo soo much for this amazing how to. just right in time for christmal……yuppiiiie

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    Dec 13, 2008, 04.24 PMby arete999

    Thank you for a wonderful idea!!!

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    Dec 13, 2008, 01.41 PMby spontique

    This is such a great idea. Thanks.

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    Dec 11, 2008, 01.03 PMby OnYourHead

    ohh i love it!!!it remember to me “Autumn in NewYork” the movie!!! i’d like to make one of this,,,i’ll try!thank you for the How tos!

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