Fabric Origami Instructions
Some items you will need for Fabric Origami
- A screen for drying: Use a house screen, sweater drying screen, or anything that will allow fabric to dry quickly.
- Fabric: 100% cotton broadcloth.
- Your favorite origami design and instructions.
- A small spreader for applying Stiffy. I used a credit card for a long time, then found a variety of spreaders in paint, craft, and hardware stores.
- An iron.
- Scissors or rotary cutter/mat. You can also cut a cardboard square to use as a template.
- A bottle of Stiffy.
Let's get started:
While you wait for the fabric to dry... Take a piece of square paper and fold your origami selection. This paper model serves many purposes: Use the paper model to guide you when folding fabric. The model serves as a visual reference to your printed instructions. It defines areas for embellishments, like beading or embroidery. The paper folds will help identify what will show and where.
- Cut a piece of cotton fabric 1 inch larger than the intended size. For instance, if you are going to use a 6 inch square to fold, then rough cut a 7 inch square.
- Pour about 2 or 3 tablespoons of stiffener on the fabric. Spread the stiffener with any item that will press the solution into the fabrics and pull it away from the surface.
- Place fabric on a screen to dry. The fabric should be saturated but not dripping.
And to finish the project:
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- Remove stiffened fabric from the screen when dry.
- Iron. I use a high setting with steam. Fabrics will go limp when heat is applied. So lay on a flat surface to cool.
- Cut the fabric square using a rotary cutter and cutting mat. If you do not have a cutter, make a template from cardboard and trace with a pencil on to the backside of the fabric.
- Cut with scissors.
- Now just fold your origami selection, like the paper model and enjoy!