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Origami Project

Origami Project

Try your hand at the ancient art of paperfolding and learn how to create these super cute sweetie bags

sweetie bags

Whether you’re looking to create your own wedding favours or need the perfect size gift bag to encase a treat for a loved on, these lovely mini bags are easy and fun to make. Plus you can personalise them to create unique designs every time.

You will need (makes one bag 1.5 cm X 5cm): 

  • 1 square of origami paper 20 x 20cm (7¾ x 7¾in)
  • 1 strip of matching plain paper
  • 2 white cords 16cm (6¼in)
  • 1 paper folder
  • 1 embroidery needle
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 pencil
  •  1 love heart hole punch
  • 1 tube of adhesive


sweetie bags 2

  1. Fold the centre lines, and then the diagonals along the dotted lines. Unfold.
  2. Fold the square in half vertically, then fold along the dotted line as shown.
  3. Lift the right-hand point vertically, opening it towards you. Open the sides of the point with the help of the creases scored. Flatten, score the fold.
  4. Fold the left-hand point to the right along the dotted line.
  5. Turn the top left-hand point back again towards the right along the dotted line. Repeat steps 3 to 5.
  6. Score the folds. Pivot the folding upside down.
  7. Fold along the dotted line.
  8. Fold along the dotted line.
  9. Fold the left-hand point along the dotted line.
  10. Fold along the dotted line.
  11. Turn the points over inside the folding.
  12. Turn the folding over. Repeat steps 7 to 10.
  13. Fold the points over inside the folding.
  14. Open out into the bag shape.


Open the flaps of the bag. Pierce two holes on either side of the flaps level with the fold. Thread in the white cord. Spread glue on the flaps and glue them to the inside of the bag. Hold in place while the adhesive dries. Repeat the process with the other side of the bag. Cut out the decorative paper tab using the motif and dimensions below and glue a hole-punched shape on to the front. Glue the tab on the bag to close it.

For this project plus loads more, check out the fab book available on Create and Craft (code: 345295) plus get started with a bumper pack of origami paper (code 345302).

There’s also a project in the latest issue of Craft Club magazine sent to all Club members, so make sure to check it out and don’t forget to send us a photo of your makes to [email protected]

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