Text-Only Instructions -
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This is a traditional origami fold.
You can find pictures and instructions for this model at

Paper to be used: Rectangular, any size; use large paper, copy or printer paper will work well.
Folding level: Easy/Beginner
Steps: 10
Description:  This is a fairly small, secure, flat envelope or letterfold. The back of the letterfold is divided into two square pockets next to each other with the openings along the horizontal center.
The front is divided into three parts, which include two triangles at the top, another two at the bottom, and a flap, the pull tab, at the center of the envelope.
The main characteristic of this letterfold is the pull tab, which allows the recipient to pull the envelope open by simply locating and pulling the center flap at the front.
It is sometimes called a "bus note" because it is quite difficult to refold. It is hoped that, because of this, the recipient will keep the note folded until he or she is on the bus, after a summer camp, holiday or tour, for instance.
When presenting your note, consider explaining the opening process.
Small objects or messages could also be hidden in the pockets at the front of the letterfold.
These could be indicated by e.g. a 1 and a 2 and then the tab as 3. Or write a riddle so the person could take out two gifts before pulling the note open with a final message.
This envelope can be used in scrap books, on top of gifts, for enclosing cards, notes, money, any small, flat object or to make an advent calendar.
Make 24 of them and Secure with a sticker or a dab of glue 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 a rectangular sheet down with the short edges facing left and right, or in the landscape orientation.
Step 2
Fold the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 3
Fold the two top corners downwards toward the center, aligning the edges with the horizontal crease line you folded in Step 2.
Crease well and leave folded.
Step 4
Fold the two bottom corners upwards toward the center, aligning the edges with the same horizontal crease.
Crease well and leave folded.
You will now have a six-sided shape.
Step 5
Fold the top and bottom edges of the paper inwards so they meet on the horizontal center line.
Crease and leave folded.
Your paper will now resemble a long strip with a point on each side.
Step 6
Fold the two points inwards on themselves, so that the sides of your paper will have a straight edge.
You will be left with a rectangle that is divided into 4 sections, the two triangles on the sides and two flat parts in the middle, divided by a horizontal center line.
Make sure all your corners are straight at this point.
Step 7
Flip your paper over so your rectangle has a smooth surface and keep it positioned with the short edges at the left and right.
Step 8
fold about a third of the paper to the right, to reveal a triangular flap created earlier and two small pockets at the top and bottom left edge of the model.
Press the large triangle, that will point to the right, flat and only crease lightly along the left edge for now.
Step 9
Now fold over the right edge towards the left, tucking it in under the two small pockets you created in the previous step.
Before creasing, gently press the model into shape along its sides so that the corners on the left overlap the edge underneath it.
The paper should be folded over into thirds at this point if all went well.
Then crease very well on the left and right sides of the envelope.
Step 10
The loose two-layered flap at the center of your note that is pointing to the right, is the pull tab.
To open, lightly holding the letterfold on its left side in the portrait orientation, pull the flap gently to the right to open your envelope.
Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.
for non-commercial use only.
Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, May 2019
Revised: July 2023