Fabric Origami Ideas – Wallet, card holder, bookmarker and more

What is Fabric Origami?

Fabric origami, sometimes also called Orinuno, it’s just like origami, but instead of using paper, you can create animals, shapes and accessories using fabric. One of the advantages is that it’s durable, and you can even make it waterproof with Mod Podge if you want to. There are many possibilities to create.

Many people have already seen fabric origami using napkins, in hotels, fancy events or wedding parties. What I like to do is a bit different, you need to starch the fabric beforehand. 100% cotton fabric is ideal, and it’s a good idea to keep an iron at arms’ lenght 🙂 A bone folder can also be very useful.

For some time I played, created and adapted different accessories, such as origami wallets, coin purses, bookmarks and card holders. I released a DVD in Brazil (sorry, Portuguese version only), but I hope the pics below can inspire you all.


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DIY Fabric Bags and Sewing Project Ideas

Do you want to start a new sewing project but you’re not really sure which one? This is a collection from all bags I made and posted on my old blog and Deviantart page (that’s why you can see the old website address on the pics). I hope you get inspired by them! In case you do, don’t forget to show me your work!

Tote Bags

There is no reason why you shouldn’t be cute even when going groceries shopping! I learned how to sew the simple ones with Aranzi Aronzo books, and the lined ones watching tutorials from You Tube and Pinterest. They are the easiest model to stat with if you don’t know how to sew.

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Simplicity Patterns

Simplicity.com has been around for more than 90 years, and you can find lots of different models not only for bags, but also for clothing and accessories in general.

Maybe these models are not suitable if you are a real beginner in sewing, but they’ve got plenty of patterns for all levels and needs.

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 Windmill Patchwork Bag

I promise I’ll post the tutorial for this bag… one day 😛 I got the pattern in an old patchwork magazine, but it’s in a lost box in the middle of my mom’s house…

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Zipped pouch

I’m not a big fan of sewing zippers, to be honest. This was my first attempt at it, I guess it can be a nice practice exercise until you get used to it.

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Cartonnage Fabric-covered Travel Cases

These French cartonnage cases are adorable and sturdy, ideal to carry your makeup or even fragile items. You can choose your favorite fabric pattern and assemble it according to instructions that come with the kit, or if you need an extra challenge, you can make your own from scratch.

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Casserole Carrier

You can find the tutorial and pattern for this project here.

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Drawstring bag

That’s another very easy project por beginners, and you can make them in coordinated colors, in different sizes, with or without appliques, anything you desire! They’re also great last-minute gifts 😉

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Clothespin holder

And after everything you’ve seen and done, you’ll have plenty of scraps laying around… But don’t throw them away! You can sew a nifty clothespin holder, because I bet they are in a horrible plastic bag at the moment, or somewhere even worse!


So, what’s your next project?