Text-Only Instructions
Credits and Resources:
This is a traditional model.
Instructions with pictures can be found at
and on various sites elsewhere on the Internet with some minor variation on folding methods and sequences.
Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at first.
Folding level: Easy/Beginner
Steps: 16
Description: This is a fairly small, flat, rectangular wallet that is open at its top. It has a similar motif on each side, of two triangular corners at the bottom and a band with slanting sides at the top.
If you would like to be able to distinguish the  back from the front of the wallet, fold the first side into triangles and then down twice as described in Steps 10 onwards.
Then flip the model over. Instead of folding the bottom into triangles, simply fold the entire edge of the model in half and then over on itself.
The one side of the wallet will have an edge that slants upwards while the other side will have a straight rectangular band for its top edge.
You can then decide which edge you prefer for the front and back of the wallet.
If preferred, use a dab of glue to secure the flaps at the top of your wallet.
Apart from making a very useful wallet, this envelope can be used in scrap books, on top of gifts, for enclosing cards, notes, money, any small, flat object.
It can also be used to represent a handbag by attaching paper or fabric ribbon at the top corners to serve as straps.
If using two-sided origami paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.
Step 1
Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface with its edges to the left and right, top and bottom.
Step 2
Fold the top edge down to meet the bottom to form a rectangle. Crease well and leave folded.
Step 3
Fold the left edge of the rectangle over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 4
Now, fold the left and right edges to meet at the center line.
Crease and unfold so you have three vertical creases now.
Step 5
Make sure your two-layered rectangle is placed with the closed edge at the top.
Fold the top left and right points down to meet the first vertical crease you encounter in order to make two corner creases.
Press well and then unfold again. These folds will help with the next steps.
Step 6
Now, you will perform a squash fold on both sides of the model.
To do this, lift up the left side of the paper so it is pointing towards the ceiling. Gently hold it in this position with one hand while sliding a finger inside the two layers of the paper. Move away from you along the left edge as far as you can go.
In the process, the paper will sort of split or move apart and a triangle will form at the top of the paper.
Press the triangle and the fold you have created flat.
Step 7
Do the same squash fold on the right side of the paper.
You will be left with a shape that resemble two little houses lieing alongside each other.
Step 8
Flip the paper over from left to right, like turning the page of a book.
Step 9
You will have a smooth center area with two sides that are sloping diagonally downwards.
Fold the left and right straight edges of the shape to the center line. Crease well and leave folded.
Your model will be cymmetrical now.
Step 10
Fold the left and right bottom corners, which will comprise two layers each, upwards and inwards so they will form two triangles at the bottom of the model.
Crease well and leave folded.
Step 11
Flip your paper over from left to right and repeat Step 10 on the other side so the model is cymmetrical once again.
Step 12
Rotate the model 180 degrees so the triangular flaps are now facing away from you.
Step 13
Fold the top triangle in half by bringing the top point to meet the horizontal center crease.
Step 14
Flip over your paper and repeat on the other side.
Step 15
Fold the new top edge of the wallet downwards, over on itself and press flat.
Step 16
Turn the model over and repeat on the other side to complete your very own pretty practical wallet.
Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.
for non-commercial use only.
Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, August 2021
Revised, December 2023