MDA001T - ORIGAMI - GROOVY GIFT BAG - text-only instructions with link to Audio Tutorial

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Credits and Resources:
This model was folded by me without any external reference or resource.
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.
Paper to be used: Rectangular, any size; for small bags or packets, use                    
A4 or similar sheets; for larger gift bags, try brown paper or wrapping    
paper cut into rectangles.
Folding level: Easy/Beginner
Steps: 15
Description:  This is a fairly secure, flat gift bag which is open at
the top, but if the sides are pushed inwards and the bottom pushed
upwards, the model becomes three-dimensional, although it can not stand
securely on its own.
It is smooth on one side with triangles on the other. A band forms the
top of the bag. If folded from duo paper, the band will be white or plain.
If folded from A4 or printer paper, the finished gift bag will be around
4 inches or 10 cm.
When folded from larger-sized paper, these bags can be used as treat
bags for parties or other special occasions.
Alternatively, a note can simply be folded into this model and decorated
for a quick children's project or a personal touch.
Fill the bags with small candies, party favors, coupons, thank you cards
or numbers for a lucky draw.
It is also a good alternative to the traditional origami cup, to hold
dry treats like pop corn, crisps, sweets, party favors, etc. However,
like the cup, the gift bag will not stand on its own.
The model can be closed by punching holes around the top of the bag and
tieing with ribbon or cord, or securing in any other way.
If you make handles for the bags they could be carried around by
children, or hang them on a chair, a door or a tree - turn them into
Christmas tree ornaments, tooth fairy pouches or mini gift bags for any
Also, no glue or tape is needed, which is great when you need some kind
of pouch or packet on the fly.
This gift bag can also be used for advent calendars, in scrap books, on
top of gifts, for enclosing cards, notes, photos, money, any small, flat
Use the bags as placecards by placing them upright against a glass,
filled with a thank you note or a little treat for each guest.
One side of the bag will be smooth with a folded-over flap at the top.
Use this to write a name, message, etc.
If using two-sided 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 top and bottom, or in portrait position.
Step 2
Fold the bottom edge up to meet the top edge. Crease and leave folded.
Step 3
Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 4
Fold the left and right edges of the paper in to meet at the center
vertical crease line.
Crease well on both sides and leave folded.
Step 5
Locate the two-layered flaps that come together at the bottom center of
the rectangle.
Fold the left flap, both layers, upwards  and outwards to meet the left
edge of the model, in order to form a small triangle.
Repeat this with the flap on the right.
The bottom of the rectangle will now comprise a larger triangular area
at the center with a smaller triangle on each side.
Step 6
Next, you will perform a squash fold on both sides of the paper, using
the small triangles you have just created.
To do this, start with the left triangle. You will notice that it is
actually a pocket.
While holding down the paper at the center of the model, where the two
folded triangles touch, start to open the pocket on the left, moving
your hand in an arc and shifting the paper to the left.
The small triangle will open and start to spread to the sides, forming a
large triangle. The left side of the entire model will also open to the
Press flat. You should be left with a figure resembling an upside-down
house on the left of the rectangle.
Step 7
Repeat the previous step with the small rectangle on the right, but in
the opposite direction.
After this step your model will be cymmetrical, with two upside-down
houses touching each other at the vertical center of the paper.
Step 8
Now fold the two long edges that come together at the vertical center of
the model outwards so they come to rest on the left and right side of
the rectangle.
You will be left with a six-sided shape with a smooth surface.
Step 9
Fold the top edge, top layer only down around 1 cm. You will not have a
fold line to help you here, so just make a guess and try to make the
fold as straight as possible.
Crease well and leave folded.
Step 10
Repeat the previous step, folding the paper over on itself once more.
You will now have a layered band running along the top of the model.
Step 11
Flip the entire model over from left to right.
Step 12
Now fold in both layers of both sides to meet each other at the vertical
center. There will already be creases to help you here, so no need to
make new ones. Press flat.
You will have a band at the center of the model, three triangles at the
bottom and a loose flap at the top.
Step 13
Fold the loose flap down as far as it will go. Crease well and leave folded.
Step 14
Fold the flap up again to meet the top edge of the model. Crease well.
Then reverse this fold into a mountain fold by tucking in the paper
underneath the band that is already there to secure the bag.
Step 15
Pick up the model and turn it so the flat sides are facing left and
right. Pull it open by grasping the bands at the top. Then push up
slightly from the bottom.
If necessary, shape the bottom "floor" of the bag from the inside.
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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, November 2022