Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Origami Bag.. Inky What?

During the last week, I began prepping for some back-2-back classes, as well as upcoming seasonal classes. It's been a crazy couple of days! We all talk about our adventures in stamping, and Inky Fingers.. but here's a new one... While creating samples for my Techniques Tuesday class, a series of now humorous events occurred..

My stamp stuck to the Brilliant Blue Classic Ink pad,
the ink pad FLIPPED into the air!
Making a quick attempt to catch it,

the ink pad landed right side up on my lap..
but my attempted catch also caused it to tumble, spiraling rapidly...
down, down, down...

towards the light beige carpeting beneath the work table..


Reaching to retrieve the unruly ink pad and ..

Breathing a sigh of relief (no ink on carpet or clothes),

I examined the damage.. Time to take a break,

have some lunch and recoup.. a near catastrophic event interrupted..

If you see me out and about,

please excuse my appearance which ordinarily includes

somewhat unfashionable inky fingers..

as now, I sport additionally unfashionable..

Inky Toes!

A while back, I shared with some friends and students, a little origami bag made from a 12" sheet of double sided paper. Of course, everyone wanted to know how it was done. I quickly dissembled the bag, and reassembled to show how quickly it could be done. Linda asked me to make a template.. I thought it was on my PC somewhere, but of course.. NOT! This past week, I made an attempt at recreating a template for the bag.. and took a few pictures to help explain the process.. so here goes!

Origami Bag Instructions

12X12 designer paper,
scoring tool, ruler, bone folder.

Making your template (refer to diagram )

  • Fold paper in half, on the diagonal, smooth with bone folder
  • Score a parallel diagonal 2" from center scored line.. on each side of line.
  • Turn paper 90 degrees
  • Score 6", 8", and 10" from corner (perpendicular to original three parallel lines)
  • Turn 180 degrees.. and repeat last step.
  • Turn paper 90 degrees, and score a line connecting the 8" scored lines.. at the VERY edge of the paper, so that it is now parallel to original three lines.
  • Turn 180 degrees and repeat last step for this corner.
  • You now have three large triangles which are flanked by the 6" scored line and the 2nd and third parallel (center) lines). Bisect the triangle with a scored line, for all four triangles.

So.. NOW you are ready to begin folding!!

Begin by folding the two center parallels in towards the opposing corner. Then fold each side back onto itself, at a depth of 1.5 inches (refer to photo), then fold 1.5 inches onto itself again so that the point faces the opposing corner. (for both corners).

These folds are often referred to as mountain and valley folds.

Note that the center folds meet in the middle and the paper now appears to be a large diagonally set square atop two tie ends.

Now, turn the entire project upside down so that the 'ties' are on top of the square. Fold the one of the triangular shaped 'flaps' (which are actually part of the bottom square).. across the tie and crease well, unfold and repeat for other flap.

Now, turn the paper over (in this case, striped side up) and unfold the paper. Bring the two "flap" corners in towards the center so that their points meet in the middle of the paper, use the bone folder to crease the paper well.

Unfold both of the corners again.. and re-fold the same flap on the second scored line (points would not meet in the middle, instead overlap). Unfold, and repeat for opposing flap. All your necessary creases are now in place, and you may begin making the actual bag! Refold the base so that you have
the two ties topped with a square, as in image three. Then fold one of the "tie" ends onto the other as in this picture. Repeat fold for opposite side.

Fold in the diagonals at the corners.. The diagonals were scored as a part of your original template, and are the only diagonals the bag has.
Repeat for all four corners. Your bag will have four diagonal flaps, and four side pieces.
Tuck the creases BEHIND the inside fold.. it will go BETWEEN the front of the bag and the inside flap.

Fold the remaining flap down over the front of the bag.. and you will have a completed origami bag! You may also fold the bag 'inside out'.. just another option!

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