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This year my mom stayed with my kids for 4 days while Nate and I went on our first trip away from them – ever. It was kinda scary for all of us on that first day, but my mom was a trooper. She and the kids had a great time, and they were so well behaved. I was so proud of them for giving Grandma an easy time while we were gone. Plus, she took them to do all kinds of fun stuff like swimming and ice skating.
For Mother’s Day I want her to know how much she’s appreciated. I’ve made her a gorgeous Origami Bag, which you can find the tutorial below. Plus, I’m including all these as well:
- gift certificate for a pedicure
- cards from the kids and me
- Starbucks gift card
- the bag I’ve been promising
- new pictures of the kids
- Grandma coffee cup
I hope it’s the Best Mom’s Day Ever for her!
Here’s how you can make an Origami Bag for your mom:
The Origami Bag
I saw these triangle bags on a high fashion site. They reminded me of origami, so that’s where the name comes from. They are so ingenious yet easy to make.
- 6 equal squares of fabric (20 x 20 inches is what is used for this bag)
- scrap piece of fabric roughly 7 x 7
- thread to match
You can use fat quarters for this project (6 total), but you will need to cut them down to 18 x 18 since fq’s are usually 18 x 21 in size.
1. Cut six squares equally.
2. Lengthwise, sew 3 squares together.
3. Next, with RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, place one set of square on top of the other.
5. Fold inward the one side left open and topstitch it down.
6. Now it’s the origami time. First, fold the left side up as the arrow points:
7. Next, fold the right side down as the arrow points.
8. Now you’ll fold the middle square upwards from right to left.
9. Turn it so the 2 points face upwards, and you’ll see how the bag is going to form. Then, with RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, pin and then sew along the open seam indicated by the dotted line. Then, flip the bag to the back and sew the open seam just like this one.
10. Now it’s time to create the strap. First, you’ll sew a tube. I fold the raw edges in ward, then with right sides together, I sew the long tube and flip it right side out.
11. Next, scrunch the tube onto one of the triangle points. Then, overlap the two triangle points and tack them together.
12. Slide the tube over both points. And you’re done!
Here’s a little video I made to visualize how to make the Origami Bag: