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Tea Bag Folding Template for All Your Patterns

Updated on March 19, 2018
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Ms. Venegas has been using origami to make rosettes and medallions since 2003. She shares art/craft techniques and ideas on the Internet.

Tea Bag Rosettes
Tea Bag Rosettes

Make Templates for Your Paper Rosette Patterns

Use this Tea Bag Fold Pattern Template idea as your guide for using printed paper found in the marketplace. TBF can be expensive when printing or buying tiles for your creative projects. This tip has enabled me to make more than 1100 greeting cards with papers found in bargain bins and sale tables.

If you know a little about the patterns used for tea bag folding this is an easy tip you can apply for each pattern you know how to fold.

The paper used for this demonstration was purchased at the discount store Tuesday Morning. There were two sized pads of the same motif. I have made dozens of strawberry items with the paper: bookmarks, notecards, 5x7 inch greeting cards, and gift tags.

Papers bought on vacation are fun to work with. The papers are a pleasant reminder of the good times away from home and the shopping fun I had.

This tutorial is for the folder that has had some experience with the craft. Even if you print all your tiles it is handy to have a template, so you can gauge the colors that will pop after the tile is folded. The series of photos below include written directions.

If you are new to this style folding here is the chance to learn all about the craft by viewing Tea Bag Folding: a Flat Unit Origami Craft.

How to Make Your Pattern Guide

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Fold two squares of your pattern and a square of vellum for the template.Place the vellum fold between your folded papers, as if you are making a rosette.Use an highlighter to color all exposed vellum areas.The unfold template now shows the areas that will pop when a tile is folded.
Fold two squares of your pattern and a square of vellum for the template.
Fold two squares of your pattern and a square of vellum for the template.
Place the vellum fold between your folded papers, as if you are making a rosette.
Place the vellum fold between your folded papers, as if you are making a rosette.
Use an highlighter to color all exposed vellum areas.
Use an highlighter to color all exposed vellum areas.
The unfold template now shows the areas that will pop when a tile is folded.
The unfold template now shows the areas that will pop when a tile is folded.

All the area of your tile that is not highlighted will not show when folded.

If you like to use the back of a pattern turn over and mark with a different color for back side colors.

The template above is the rosette at the top right in the intro photo.

Where Is the Pattern?


The fold I am using above as an example is on page 24 of Memory Folds by Terri Pointer. This book has all the basic folds I use over and over again for my own cards.

Using  tea bag folding Template
Using tea bag folding Template

How to Use


This is an example of a different pattern template in my stack of templates.

The card embellishment is shown below on red cardstock. Notepad elements for accents on a crafted greeting card.

Flip the embellishment and made a coordinating gift tag to go with.

A Finished Note Card and Gift tag

A Finished Note Card and Gift tag
A Finished Note Card and Gift tag


This example ended up being the card below.

Strawberry Motif Card

Strawberry Motif Card
Strawberry Motif Card

Using Templates for Making Rosettes

The pattern directly above is made into the card in the center with white background. The template, two above, is the green card below.

Tea Bag Folding Greeting Cards
Tea Bag Folding Greeting Cards
tea bag folding using templates
tea bag folding using templates

Collection of Templates for Paper Crafting

This collection of templates has served this hobbyist for 10 years. I use the collection for instant ideas. It is very helpful for recalling what patterns I know how to fold. I use the template in aiding memory about how to make an individual rosette fold.

It is a good filing system for the folds I have learned through the years from books, the Internet, and the group I share with every week.

I can get the most out of all the tea bag tiles I want to cut myself. It helps with false starts too. How many square tiles have you folded and had to set aside because the motif did not pop?

Some Extra Tips

  1. Use the vellum template on both sides to get opposite looks for all your patterns.
  2. Put notes on the template to aid in remembering the fold.
  3. When you can not decide on a pattern, browse through your template stack for ideas.
  4. While you are coloring the top of your vellum fold, put stripes or dots on the back for the back side of your rosette. Some finished rosette patterns are just as pretty on the back as the front.

Vellum Tracing Paper

Use this paper for your TBF templates and for beautiful wedding card and anniversary ideas. The paper rosette flower is one that can used for a whole wedding party motif.

Strathmore 59-803 Translucent Vellum Inkjet Paper, 8.5"x11", 20 Sheets
Strathmore 59-803 Translucent Vellum Inkjet Paper, 8.5"x11", 20 Sheets

Use this for your tea bag folding templates. Especially made for tracing and overlay.

 

Was this tip for TB tiles helpful? For more info on this flat unit origami see Tea Bag Folding Resources On HubPages.

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© 2012 Sherry Venegas

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    • HhaosThorngage profile image

      HhaosThorngage 

      6 years ago

      An amazing amount of skill in the making of those things, I'd never be able to do it, but can appreciate the craft.

    • darciefrench lm profile image

      darciefrench lm 

      6 years ago

      Very pretty - reminds me of the years that Chinese women spent behind their upper window lattices, creating together.

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      Loraine Brummer 

      6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Very interesting and informative. I have yet to try origami, but I really like the card you made. Nice lens.

    • fathomblueEG profile image

      fathomblueEG 

      6 years ago

      You make these look easy to make. They are very pretty and super creative as well:-)

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      jlshernandez 

      6 years ago

      Makes ordinary gift wrapping to extraordinary presents.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Those that can do this well simply amaze me. Thanks for the dazzle, I like it.

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