how to make a kirigami pop up flower card paper instruction tutorial

How to make a Kirigami Pop Up Flower Card

how to make a kirigami pop up flower card paper instruction tutorial

Ever wondered how to make one of those nice pop-up cards? This model is simple enough the video below is quite easy to follow. You can also try with different patterned paper, or trying to add different shades to the flower.

Material

  • 7 pink A4 sheets for the flowers
  • 1 green A4 sheet for the card
  • Optional: A 7.5 square for the origami leaf

Video Tutorial

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Book Review – Plushies by Therese Laskey

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Spiral-bound: 120 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 13, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0811856526
ISBN-13: 978-0811856522
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.9 x 8 inches

 

Back in 2008 I stumbled upon this book on one of my favorite bookstores in Brazil, and decided to buy it. Funny thing is, even though my mom has sewn during all her life (and she’s awesome at it), I’ve never thought it was really appealing. But when I saw those cute plushies, I went ‘awwww’ ^_^ I guess it’s genetic  ._. I liked the idea to start working with felt sewing craft projects, because it seemed to be an easy material for a begginer like me.

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It’s a pretty neat book, the beginning covers the basics of materials and techniques in such an easy way that even a noob like me managed to learn it successfully.

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You can find all the patterns in the end of the book, all tucked in a yellow envelope. The book is spiral bound (gotta love it!) and has an elastic band to keep it shut.

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The whole thing is just awesome! The pics are really wonderful, and instructions are clear to follow. The projects go from easy to difficult, and you can explore several techniques, such as needle felting, crochet, hand stitching and machine stitching, plus, you can find a resource list in the end of the book. The projects are from different artists, and you can find the artist bio on every project. I think it works fine for begginers and more experienced crafters alike. 

 

Needless to say, I had a sewing fever for about 6 months! You can check out below some of my versions of the 25 handmade plushies from the book.

You can buy it on Amazon.com, Amazon.uk and Amazon.de.

This was originally posted here.

Kusudama Bascetta Star – Diagram

I first folded this model in 2011, and at that time I thougth it was called Tornillo. I’d got the diagram from somewhere on the web, and it remains one of my favorite models. The modules are easy and fast to fold, and the final result is steady and elegant.

This kusudama was created by Paolo Bascetta, an Italian mathematician and origamist from Italy, For the kusudamas below, I used 30 modules of 7cm double-colored paper. You can check the modules’ diagram below, and if you give it a try, I’d love to see your version!

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Diagram / Instructions:

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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.