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Flat Unit Origami Ideas for Hand Made Cards

Updated on February 13, 2017
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Sherry has been using origami folds to make rosettes and medallions since 2003. She shares art/craft techniques and ideas on the Internet.

Handmade Greeting Cards

Hand made card ideas just got easier. Use this new flat fold origami pattern series for the next round of handmade cards you want to give out.

After pursuing this flat unit origami paper craft for a few years, a designer of paper rosettes will start to tweak folds they find a bit too simple for the look they want to achieve. I have published a couple of new tea bag fold designs I have not seen in tea bag folding books and on the Internet. Here I present a few variations of a fold that appears in the book pictured below.

The main reason to make these paper rosettes or card embellishments is to apply them to something. I will include a picture gallery of the greeting cards made with the pattern ideas. We now have 4 variations to explore below for new hand made card ideas. This paper craft is also called tea bag folding.


Memory Folds: Great Ideas for Scrapbooks & Cards (Design Originals)
Memory Folds: Great Ideas for Scrapbooks & Cards (Design Originals)

This is one of my well worn books. I can not locate it a the moment, but the pattern that I start with for this series of variation tea bag fold patterns is on the cover of the book. It is the sample that says Love You at the top center.

I have made something from each of the patterns in the book.

Most of the tea bag folding books available were published during the turn of the 21st century: the late 1990's and early 2000 decade. I have not seen a new book about the technique for some time. Do not be afraid to buy a used book or a like new book. Don't buy the book that is over priced, though. There is lots of tea bag folding information on the Internet.

 

Tea Bag Folding and Memory Book Ideas

Tea bag folding is perfect for scrapbooking as this book illustrates on the cover and inside. The pattern folds generally lay flat and then pop out when the page is opened to give the scrapbook page some depth. The card embellishments slip into envelopes nicely, as well.

If you are new to this paper craft see my introduction page about tea bag folding titled Tea Bag Folding | Flat Fold Origami Craft.

Original Tea Bag Folding Pattern - from Book #5119 Memory Folds

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A) Fold tile two ways diagonallyB) Bring corner of two sides to meet in centerC) Fold in half diagonallyD) Fold top tip down at center foldE) Fold bottom tip up to meet the centerF) All eight tiles should look like these. Assemble by aligning pink dots and edge along blue diagonal arrows. Apply a dab of glue just to the left the lowest arrow.
A) Fold tile two ways diagonally
A) Fold tile two ways diagonally
B) Bring corner of two sides to meet in center
B) Bring corner of two sides to meet in center
C) Fold in half diagonally
C) Fold in half diagonally
D) Fold top tip down at center fold
D) Fold top tip down at center fold
E) Fold bottom tip up to meet the center
E) Fold bottom tip up to meet the center
F) All eight tiles should look like these. Assemble by aligning pink dots and edge along blue diagonal arrows. Apply a dab of glue just to the left the lowest arrow.
F) All eight tiles should look like these. Assemble by aligning pink dots and edge along blue diagonal arrows. Apply a dab of glue just to the left the lowest arrow.
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G)This is the original fold from the Terri Pointer book. It is called a Star within a Star. Now I will show a few variations of this theme.

Completed Variation #1

Completed Variation
Completed Variation

Variation #2

Variation #2
Variation #2

Tea Bag Folding Variation #2

Put the the fold indicated by blue arrow behind the fold of the red arrow. The gray and white rosette below is another example.

Two Cards and 3 Paper Rosettes - All are the Two Variations I illustrated Above

You can see how color, type of paper and weight, can give subtle looks that make each project interesting to work with.

Do You Make New Tea Bag Folding Patterns

Have you tweaked some new designs of your own?

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Teabag Fold Variation #3

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Start your project with eight squares. Fold them all like above till step E). Next fold the top and bottom as in step H)H) The bottom will now be unfolded and a new quarter fold to the end as shown.Fold all eight squares alike. The assembly is done the same as our first medallion above as in steps F) and G). A spot of glue as shown will hold the squares together.The finished rosette.
Start your project with eight squares. Fold them all like above till step E). Next fold the top and bottom as in step H)
Start your project with eight squares. Fold them all like above till step E). Next fold the top and bottom as in step H)
H) The bottom will now be unfolded and a new quarter fold to the end as shown.
H) The bottom will now be unfolded and a new quarter fold to the end as shown.
Fold all eight squares alike. The assembly is done the same as our first medallion above as in steps F) and G). A spot of glue as shown will hold the squares together.
Fold all eight squares alike. The assembly is done the same as our first medallion above as in steps F) and G). A spot of glue as shown will hold the squares together.
The finished rosette.
The finished rosette.

Tea Bag Folding Variation #4 - New Pattern for June 13, 2012

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Start with eight squares. Fold 3 inch square as on Lesson #1 through step (C.Fold top down to the center and creaseFold back and crease.Open and squish to form the mountain fold on the left. Fold the bottom up to the center.Fold the bottom back a quarter.Open and squish for the square at bottom. Complete all squares in the same manner.Apply glue at the areas mark by yellow dots. The purple dots meet together at the center of the medallion. Line up the edge indicated by the blue arrow along the pink arrow.Work around gluing each tile as you go.The finished rosette.The pink is three inch squares and the other two are made from 2 inch squares.
Start with eight squares. Fold 3 inch square as on Lesson #1 through step (C.
Start with eight squares. Fold 3 inch square as on Lesson #1 through step (C.
Fold top down to the center and crease
Fold top down to the center and crease
Fold back and crease.
Fold back and crease.
Open and squish to form the mountain fold on the left. Fold the bottom up to the center.
Open and squish to form the mountain fold on the left. Fold the bottom up to the center.
Fold the bottom back a quarter.
Fold the bottom back a quarter.
Open and squish for the square at bottom. Complete all squares in the same manner.
Open and squish for the square at bottom. Complete all squares in the same manner.
Apply glue at the areas mark by yellow dots. The purple dots meet together at the center of the medallion. Line up the edge indicated by the blue arrow along the pink arrow.
Apply glue at the areas mark by yellow dots. The purple dots meet together at the center of the medallion. Line up the edge indicated by the blue arrow along the pink arrow.
Work around gluing each tile as you go.
Work around gluing each tile as you go.
The finished rosette.
The finished rosette.
The pink is three inch squares and the other two are made from 2 inch squares.
The pink is three inch squares and the other two are made from 2 inch squares.
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Use the Rosette #4 as a Gift Package Topper

Use an islet punch to make a hole in the center.

Tie two simple overhand knots in the center of a length of ribbon to go around your box.

This Simple Beginner Fold for Tea Bag Folding

Basis Origami for Tea bag Folding
Basis Origami for Tea bag Folding

Do you design hand made cards? I hope these ideas are enjoyable. Add them to your greeting card idea book.

Will you visit next week for the new variation of this simple fold?

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© 2012 Sherry Venegas

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      Sherry Venegas 2 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Good eye, It is thumbnail 2 in 'Teabag Fold Variation #3'. The tips at the tip and bottom are folded only quarter. The result is a more pointy looking rosette. Thank you, Fanienne

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      fabienne 2 years ago

      humm I can't find the (H part you are talking of in your variation 3. As far as I can see it stops at G).

      Nevertheless I love Tbag folding and these folds are awesome. Thank you for sharing them.

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      Sherry Venegas 5 years ago from La Verne, CA

      @AustriaChick: First handmade greeting cards, than memories books, paper crafts, such as, bookmarks, hanging paper ornaments, make them big for party decorations. My other TBF lenses show all the ways.

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      AustriaChick 5 years ago

      These are lovely, but what do you do with them?

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