Nov 04 2011

Stiffened Fabric Origami Box

Fabric Origami Box 4

I’ve been collecting vintage and antique buttons for a while now, and I was looking for a neat and cute way to organise them. I first thought of making small boxes with craft papers, then this mad (and brilliant, I hope) idea came up – why not make origami boxes out of stiffened fabrics? And oh yes, as I hoped, stiffened fabric worked as fine as origami papers!

What you’ll need:

  • Stiffen Stuff or other fabric stiffener
  • square-shaped fabric (it can be any size. Mine is 5” square)
  • iron
Fabric Origami Box tool

This is the mighty Stiffen Stuff, the fabric stiffener I’m in love with at the moment (you can see how to make fabric bookmarks using Stiffen Stuff on this post).


Fabric Origami Box t1

1) Spray the fabric stiffener until the fabric is wet. Lay them on a kitchen paper and microwave them until it’s dry (mine took about 40 seconds).

Fabric Origami Box t2

I used light-weight fabric, and it got nice and solid at one go. If your fabric is not stiff enough, spray some more stiffener and microwave it again.

Fabric Origami Box 3

2) Iron the fabric with medium heat for smooth finish (without the steam).

Fabric Origami Box t4

3) And make origami box. I followed the instruction on this website; it was the easiest instruction I’ve found on the internet :) The only tips is to use your finger nail to make folds nice and sharp.

Fabric Origami Box t5

See? Sharp folds will guide you through (you’ll see what I mean when you try it!).

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Even if you mess it up, don’t worry; you can just flatten it out by ironing again!

Fabric Origami Box 2

See how neat the edges are? This is the result of folding sharply :) I’m not particularly good at origami (yes, I am Japanese, but that doesn’t mean that I’m good at it!) but it only took me a few minutes to make one box.

Fabric Origami Box 3
Fabric Origami Box 5

I still can’t believe that I made these boxes with stiffened fabrics! I think I’m going to try and make bigger boxes as underwear & socks organisers (don’t tell me I’m too ambitious!).

Fabric Origami Box 1

The only drawback for me was that the cutest prints of the fabrics came at the bottom of the boxes, so they aren’t visible. Lesson learned! Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and enjoy fabric origami :)

I’m linking the tutorial on Katie’s Nesting Spot, Sassy Sites!, Shabby Nest, Flamingo Toes, Release Me Create and Today’s Creative Blog; make sure you check them!

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Todays Creative Blog

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2 Commnents to “Stiffened Fabric Origami Box”

  1. How do you keep the ends from fraying? Thanks!

  2. Love these! These are great ideas for the holidays coming up!!!
    I’d love for you to link up to my Fresh Friday Link Party!

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