Make An Origami Shirt

This origami shirt is made from a long paper rectangle. Use two-sided paper for a contrasting collar or simply use a dollar bill!

This cute shirt is a relatively simple origami project. All you need is a rectangle of paper and a place to work. The project as described here uses one long half of an 8 ½" X 11" sheet of paper.

Practice with plain white copy paper (or similar) until you have mastered the model. You can then move on to colored or patterned paper, if desired. You can even use a dollar bill to fold this shirt.

In order to achieve accurate folds and sharp creases (necessary for a correctly folded model), the work surface that you choose needs to be hard and flat. Consider keeping a ruler or pencil on hand, as well. One of these objects run along each crease as you work will make your creases even sharper.

1. Place a rectangular piece of paper on your work surface so that the short edges are facing up and down. If using two-sided paper, make sure that the color you want for the body of the shirt is face down.

2. Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.

3. Bring the left edge over to meet the vertical center line created in Step 2. Crease and unfold.

4. Bring the right edge over to meet the vertical center line created in Step 2. Crease and unfold.



5. Bring the lower left point up to meet the vertical crease line created in Step 3. The left quarter of the model's bottom edge will also come up to lie along the same crease line. Crease and leave folded.

6. Bring the lower right point up to meet the vertical crease line created in Step 4. The right quarter of the model's bottom edge will also come up to lie along the same crease line. Crease and leave folded. Turn the model over.

7. Bring the top edge of the model down toward the center of the model so that the resulting flap is equal to approximately 1/8 the width of the paper. Crease and leave folded. Turn the model over.

8. Bring the left edge of the model over t meet the vertical center crease line. Re-crease and leave folded.

9. Bring the right edge of the model over to meet the vertical center crease line. Re-crease and leave folded. Turn the model over.

10. Fold down the top edge of the model so that the resulting crease line lies along the base of the pre-existing flap. Crease and leave folded. This will form two rectangular flaps at the top edge of the model.

11. Bring the bottom edge of the model up so that the triangular shape created in Steps 8 and 9 is entirely visible. Crease and unfold. Turn the model over.

12. Bring the top left point of the model down to a point that is approximately 3/4 the distance from the model's left edge to the vertical center line. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the top right point to create the shirt collar.

13. Locate the flap that makes up the upper right edge of the triangular shape at the bottom of the model. Bring this flap over to the right so that the edge comes to lie along the right edge of the model. Crease and unfold.

14. Repeat Step 13 for the left side of the rectangular shape.

15. Bring the bottom edge of the model up toward the center. The model should collapse along pre-existing crease lines to form a rectangle that is pointed at either end.

16. Bring the bottom half of the model up to the top and secure under the wings of the collar. You may have to adjust the collar a bit to achieve the desired look. Crease and leave folded.

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