Text-Only Instructions

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This is a traditional model.

This model was originally adapted from instructions that were available from

This site is however, no longer available on the Internet.

If you are aware of any other source where this model or similar might be listed, please let me know so I can reference it under this heading.

Slight adaptations were made so as to make the instructions easier to follow and the model easier to fold without sight.

Paper to be used: Rectangular, any size; use large paper to practice with at first. 

Copy or A4 paper will produce a palm-sized wallet or folder.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 11

Description: This is a fairly small wallet or folder with various exterior and interior pockets.

When folded closed it is square in shape with  4 square pockets, 2 on either side of the front flap and 2 on either side of the back flap. If the wallet is held closed, all these pockets can be opened from the sides.

When open, the wallet is more like a folder with a diamond-shaped motif hiding a secure pocket with a horizontal opening toward the top of the wallet.

The triangular corners on the inside of the folder also provide storage space on the left and right sides, but is less secure when the wallet is opened.


This wallet or folder can be used to hold small receipts, other documents, photos, cards, notes or coins, or any other small pieces of paper or flat objects.

Fold one for yourself or use decorative paper to make one as a surprise gift for someone else.

For visually impaired people, the two small triangular corners that have been formed at the bottom left and/or right edge of the model can be used for orientation purposes.

To distinguish between two different bank or credit cards, allocate a pocket to each card. Take note of the position of the small folded triangle at the bottom of the mini folder. Take care to always return the removed card to its allotted pocket.

Alternatively, unfold the folder and mark in braille or with some other tactile marking at or near the corners just mentioned.

To help with organization and identification, different bills or coins could each have their own place in the wallet or mini folder and you could even have more than one for different purposes.

If using two-sided origami paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.

Step 1

Place a rectangular piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface, with the short edges at the left and right, or in landscape orientation. 

Step 2

Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.

Step 3

Fold both the left and right edges in to meet at the vertical crease line you have just folded.

Crease well and unfold.

Step 4

Fold the two top corners downwards toward the center, aligning the edges with the first vertical crease lines you encounter. Crease well and leave folded.

Step 5

Fold the two bottom corners upwards toward the center in the same way, aligning their edges with the same vertical crease lines. Crease well and leave folded.

"Step 6

Keeping all 4 corners folded, refold the left and right edges of the model to meet at the vertical center crease.

Your model will be a rectangle with two single-layered triangles at its top and bottom and the 2 folded edges meeting each other at the vertical center.

Step 7

Turn the model over from left to right.

Step 8

Bring the top edge of the model down toward the bottom edge until the triangular shape created in Step  4 is entirely visible. Crease and leave folded to create a rectangular flap at the top of the model.

Step 9

Bring the bottom edge up toward the top as far as it will go. The fold will be stopped by the flap you folded down in the previous step.

Note that the edge you have folded up will fall just above the halfway point of the rectangular model. Crease and unfold.

Step 10

Bring the bottom edge up toward the top again. This time tuck the bottom edge into the triangular pockets forming the top of the model. Press flat.

The two top corners will cover the bottom corners and there will be a secure horizontal pocket with its opening toward the top of the wallet.

Step 11

To close your wallet or folder, bring the left edge of the model over to meet the right edge. Crease and leave folded."

Note that you will also have two pockets on the outside back and front of the closed wallet.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

for non-commercial use only.

Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, March 2010

Revised, September 2022