Text-Only Instructions

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, construction, copy or printer paper will work well for this model.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 10

Description: This is a small, rectangular wallet or folder. The interior is divided into a large back section and a lower front section.

The outside of the model has a smooth surface, except for two bands that run along the edges of the model.

With the bands on the sides, the model resembles a folder while it will look and feel more like a wallet if the model is turned with the bands at the top. 

Both the folder and the wallet can be closed by tucking one band under the one behind it. Once closed, the inside and front pocket will be fairly secure while one pocket will remain open and available for use.


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 bands can serve to help with orientation and identifying different pockets of the model and will provide a secure closure for the inside contents and at least one pocket.

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 top and bottom, or in portrait orientation. 

Step 2

Valley fold a thin band of paper over on the left and right edges of the paper.

You will not have a crease or fold line to guide you here, so take your time and do the best you can or you could use a ruler or other straight edge to fold against.

The band should be around 1 cm wide and should be folded along the entire long left and right sides of the paper.

Crease well and leave folded.

Step 3

Flip the entire model over from left to right so you have a smooth surface.

Step 4

Fold the top edge to meet the bottom edge. Leave folded.

You will now have a two-layered rectangle with bands on the sides.

Step 5

Now fold both layers of the bottom edge up to the top again. Crease well and unfold.

Step 6

Fold the bottom edge, both layers, up to just above the first crease you encounter. Unfold.

Step 7

Now gently lift up the bottom corners of the bands on the left and right sides and pull them in an upright position, while, at the same time, repeating the last fold with the bottom edge, folding it up along the last crease you created.

A double-layered pocket will now have formed at the bottom of the model.

Step 8

Once you have flattened the last fold, return the left and right bands to lie flat again.

The pocket has now been secured by the bands on the sides of the model.

There will be 2 single layers of paper forming a fairly low front pocket for your folder. Behind this pocket, there will be another cavity, forming the main body of the folder.

Crease well and leave folded.

Step 9

Close the folder by bringing the left edge over to the right. The layered bands will now lay on top of each other on the right of the model.

Make a strong crease along the left edge of the rectangle.

Once you have made this fold, examine the right edge of the model.  You will find 2 large pockets that can be accessed from the right side. If the folder is open, there will be an opening on the left as well as on the right. 

Step 10

Use the bands on the right side of the folder to secure it closed by tucking in the front band underneath the back band.

If you turn the folder anti-clockwise or 90 degrees to the left the bands will be on the top.

You will now have a model that looks more like a wallet.

No matter what your preference may be, in both cases you will have access to one pocket while the inside of the folder will be closed securely.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

for non-commercial use only.

Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, March 2010

Revised, January 2023