Text-Only Instructions
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Designer: Lindy van der Merwe
Text-only Instructions Copyright 2024 by Lindy van der Merwe
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Paper to be used: Rectangular, any size; Colored A4, legal or copy paper is recommended.
Folding level: Easy/Beginner
Steps: 10
Description: This is a rectangular model that can serve as a gift card holder since it has a fairly secure front pocket.
There is another secure pocket accessible from the top of the card once it is opened by unhooking the top right corner.
One can also use this as a bookmark since there is a pocket at the back of the card that can be hooked over the corner of a page.
Or if you would like to hold some papers together and mark them, this is a good model to use.
The diagonal band on the front of the card will be a different color if duo paper is used. This band may provide a nice place to write a person's name.
The finished model will be a quarter fold of the paper you start off with. If you use A4 or copy paper, the folded model will be more or less the size of a standard greeting card.
The card can also be used in landscape orientation.
This card can be used in scrap books, on top of gifts, for enclosing cards, notes, money, any small, flat object.
The model is quite secure as long as you do not fill it with things that are heavy or bulky.
Alternatively, a piece of paper can simply be folded into this model and decorated for a quick children's project or a personal touch.
These cards can also be used for advent calenders. Secure with a dab of glue, ribbon or staples after they have been filled.
If using two-sided paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.
Step 1
Place your rectangle in landscape orientation, or with the short edges left and right.
Fold the right bottom point diagonally so the right edge meets the top edge of the paper.
Make sure that the two edges line up along the top edge of the fold in order to create a pointy triangle on the right of the paper.
Step 2
Fold the single-layered rectangle on the left over to the right. It will be stopped by the fold you have made previously.
Crease the left edge well from top to bottom and leave folded.
Step 3
Using the left side of the card as your guide, fold the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Leave folded.
You will have a rectangle on the left with a triangle on the right, sloping down to the right bottom of the shape.
Step 4
Flip the entire model over from top to bottom.
You will now have a rectangle on the left with a triangular shape on top of it and on the right there will be a triangular flap with its point to the right.
Step 5
Now fold the triangle on the right over as far as it will go. It will be stopped by the edge of the rectangle on the left.
Crease well on the right edge.
-Step 6
Unfold the triangle again and now fold it to the back of the rectangle, using a mountain fold.
Press flat.
Step 7
Flip the model from left to right. You will have a large triangle on the top left with a smaller 90 degree corner at the bottom right as well as a tiny triangle at the very left bottom of the pocket.
Step 8
Now take the loose point of the triangle that is sticking out on the right and fold it diagonally upwards, so its long, right edge meets the left vertical edge of the paper. Crease well and leave folded.
You will now have a rectangle nearest your folding surface and on top of it, a long, skinny triangle with its top point extending above the rectangle on the left.
Step 9
Flip the model over from left to right.
There will now be a point sticking out from behind the pocket. Fold the point straight down and crease well.
Step 10
Lastly, move the triangular point, which is also a pocket, slightly to the right and tuck it over the top right corner of the pocket card.
It will lock the card in place with a diagonal opening where you can insert a card or write a name.
    If you dislodge the top triangle or closure entirely, there is a totally closed pocket at the top of the card, which is even more secure.
 Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.
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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, December 2018
Revised: January 2024