Nice simple origami shirt card if you don't want to be fiddling around with the miniatures!

For this one print:-

The blue striped casual origami shirt sheet onto quality white paper
The blue gingham background onto quality white paper
The burgundy circles background onto quality white paper
The greetings sheet onto quality white card

The blue gingham background sheet can downloaded for free by clicking here. Click on the link to open the image in Adobe Acrobat reader - if you need it you can download it for free by clicking on the button below.

To make the card, cover the front of a white A6 card blank with the burgundy circles backing paper using double-sided tape.

Cut a piece of the blue gingham backing paper to 12.5 x 8cm and stick it to a larger piece of silver metallic card with double-sided tape. Trim round with a craft knife and ruler to leave a small border. Add it to the card with double-sided tape.

To make the origami shirt:-


Start off with a piece of paper that is 13cm x 7.5cm or one of our ready-done origami shirt pieces which has pre-printed guide lines on it. If you're using the latter, the triangular guide line arrangement should be at the top of the piece (hard to see here).












Fold the paper in half, with the pattern still visible, and then unfold it. Our ready-done shirts have small guide lines at each end - use a ruler to emboss along this line first before folding for a really accurate fold.








Turn the paper over and fold the two long edges in towards the centre crease so that they meet neatly in the middle.












Turn up the two bottom middle corners so that they meet the outer edge of the paper. This will form two diagonal creases.











Turn up the bottom of the paper and fold it over where the flaps from the previous step end.













Stick your fingers inside the folded up area. Grab hold of the tip of the corner piece on one side. Pull it out and to the side. Now repeat this for the corner piece on the other side.









Now tuck each corner back inside itself to form the sleeves.











Turn the paper over and emboss the straight crease line with an embossing tool or cocktail stick, then fold (embossing it first makes for a neater fold).











Turn the paper over again and emboss the two angled crease lines before folding them in to form the collar. Make sure that the tips of the collar meet.











Finally fold the bottom of the paper up and under the tips of the collar. Shirt folding is complete!









When you have completed the shirt, use strips of double sided tape on each side to seal it shut.

To make the tie, simply tie a knot in a length of narrow burgundy satin ribbon. Trim the end to a point and add it to the shirt with a strong tacky glue such as Aleene's. Once the glue's dry, tuck the loose end of the knot under the collar of the shirt.

Stick the shirt to the card with double-sided tape.

Finally, add a greeting that's been mounted onto silver metallic card.

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