Since January I have been creating new patterns for all those enjoying paper crafting for a hobby and for pure amusement. The tea bag folding instructions are all featured at Paperfacets.com.
Since my computer interests are limited I have used the handy camera as my tool for presenting the step by step folds for each pattern I want to share, and I hope the steps are not too cumbersome to follow.
The patterns are divided up into beginner and for those that have had some folding experience behind them, more complex folds under the ‘Tea Bag Folding Pattern’ tab.
As the months go on I will be adding new design ideas for folding fun.
Click each thumbnail image to get the new tea bag folding instructions you want to view.
The Cherry Blossom is the latest one posted.
For a few variations of a basic diagonal fold see my tutorial at Tea Bag Folding Ideas for Hand Made Cards.
The last two days I have had almost 300 hundred views of the tutorial. All the analytics indicate the traffic is from Great Britain. In my first sentence I did mention it is never to early to start the Christmas trees in the tutorial.
I am just curious what started the event, but I have not received any comments to give me a hint. I realize there are many craft groups that do challenges and I am going to imagine that is the reason.
Last year in December I did make 2 to 3 hanging trees each night while watching TV. I ended up selling them for $2.50 each at farmer’s market. All the paper was payed for years ago so it was pure profit. I enjoyed the many different colors and patterns that went into them and it offered a pleasant display on the table, the trees gently swinging on funky branches of a decor wire tree.
The trees are made with the water bomb fold and will easily ship with a Holiday greeting card with no extra mailing charges. One reason I call the craft flat unit origami. The star on top is the beginning fold for the crane.
All this wandering about the trees and the traffic may be for the second tutorial of the six unit “snowflake”. I hope everyone is having fun with their paper projects.
It is easy to make templates for TBF patterns. The template is essential if you use printed papers from the marketplace. One can take a Frozen notepad and make rosettes featuring all the favorite characters. The template allows for seeing where the motif will pop once the rosette is folded.
I have a published tutorial on how to mark the template. Use it over and over again once it is made. I will not bore you with more mumble here, but refer you directly to the popular tutorial at HubPages.
As always, feel free to ask questions or leave comments,
SherryV at Paperfacets.
The web is a good thing but sometimes material gets around that is not always good for the authors or the publishers. On Pinterest I have seen tea bag folding ideas from the actual pages of a book. What is not so good thing, is the pins have no link or acknowledgement that it is from any book. I have looked at these books hundreds of times and it seems a shame that the simple rules of publishing are not observed.Recently, I discovered Google Books Partner Program. There publishers and authors can promote their books without a fee. I have found a tea bag folding idea by Alisa Harkless from her craft book called Classic Paper Techniques for Greeting Cards Gifts. There is a ‘view inside’ feature in Google Books.
One of the first patterns I learned years ago is shown. My version of her idea is brown and cream, shown here. Her version is prettier, but what I found unique was the two tone approach.
The effect makes a whole new pattern illusion and the background treatment makes the two tones pop. So simple and fun to make. Unfortunately, her version is one longer showing in the ‘Preview the book’, the main point is, ideas can be sparked by browsing the Internet.
Only Four Tiles Needed of Each Color
If your paper supply has only four sheets of any given print you can try this treatment and coordinate with contrasting color to complete a medallion. Of course, the background can be any arrangement you can dream up.
I have large paper pads that only have 3 or 4 sheets of a print. I can easily fold dozens of rosettes without having to cut a sheet all up trying to get eight tiles alike. You can stretch and use more of your paper supply.
Amazon Books has reviews from owners of the book. Ms. Harkless presents a lovely book.
The subtlest color changes bring new interest and keep me folding and trying new designs.
Being that I make my own 5 x 7 greeting card blanks from 8 1/2 x 11 inch standard sized card stock, there is a whole box of cardstock strips stashed in the supply cabinet. Two widths of strips are saved, from cutting my own greeting cards for 12 years, 1″ and 1 1/2″. Since 2004 I have been making bookmarks with the strips, but as a selling item the demand has gone down. There are thousands of handmade bookmarks to choose from nowadays.
I went to the Internet to find something else to do with the leftovers box of cardstock. I tried the search word “quilling”. Of course, I saw numerous photos of gorgeous quilling examples. Delicate multi-colored works of art. On Pinterest I saw this image by Brenda Goosabend from Flickr.
I had no idea what size the angel was but I knew I could use heavy weight cardstock. I have made 5 prototypes and I still have some improvements that could be done. Nonetheless, I wrote a tutorial of the method I came up with for the new craft site called Crafty Closet.
Make Tweaks for Your Own Design
Make your own adjustments or use papers on hand and decorate the mantel, shelf or table with one of a kind Quilled Stand Up Angels. The nuances of heavy weight card lends to many variations.
I wish I could get as lovely photos as Brenda did, but I did take several pictures if the prototypes. If you cut your own greeting card blanks use the strips created from your labors. Enjoy the angels in your house too.
Visit The Tutorial
Be sure to visit Quilled Stand Up Angel and check out my latest tutorial. More pictures there. It is not tea bag folding but it is fun.
I had found Art by Jean tile ideas a few years ago. Last month I designed a tile and had some printed for my use. I was a bit taken aback because I had to order 10 sheets, which was not the case a few years ago. The tiles are beautiful and the color is true and sharp.
The image at right is a bit poor but all squares are actually bright and sharp. I have been thinking about creating tiles and offering them on Zazzle, but homecrafters would not want ten sheets of the same design.
Jean has solved that problem by offering twelve designs on one sheet. The flyers she offers has a 25 sheet minimum and they are only 50 cents apiece. Plenty of variety for folding fun.
She offers her tiles here. Zazzle ships in a brown rigid envelope with a cardboard sheet inside with the flyers. No room for bent corners.
I am thinking about developing tiles of my own to offer the public. I plan on designing themed motifs and will paint them in art class. Don’t hold your breath it will probably be a year long endeavor. This tile here and a blue bird is already started.
Is there a favorite site that you like to use for tile designs. List it below for us to check out.
A few days ago I jumped into the media world by establishing a Paperfacets Facebook Page. FB is the place we all can post our paper folding musings. Everything will be in one place and it can easily be shared and viewed for a very long time.
The first post is about tea bag folding and incorporating rosettes onto boxes. Share your projects and show the pictures or leave a link to your own website about boxes and putting folded tiles on them.
This box was completed in 2015.
It is an old wood box from Mexico. 4 1/2 x 3. I used laser printer paper in colorful 70’s motif. Sprayed with Deft wood clear gloss finish.
I had a collection of gift boxes that were too nice to throw in the trash bin. I started making big pretty rosettes to put on them. Instant gifting without the wrapping. I sold a few at craft fairs too. See another image of the box at right on Facebook under the photo heading.
It is not a ground shaking totally original tea bag folding project. It is worth sharing your results, though. Paperfacets.com has a newly established Facebook page for those that want to share their photos, ideas and the looks you created with tea bag folding.
Search through your images and post some boxes your have topped with flat origami folds. Add a little story and details of what kind of paper you used. All you have to do is like the FB page and I will open you to post your pictures of your box creations.
Have fun sharing.
Most people do not have to be an art critic or art student to recognize a Van Gogh painting. His uniqueness came from his intra workings. Meaning he tapped the right brain. We can figure out that anytime one taps their brain the result is pure individual, because each person’s learning pathways are unique. The right brain is the artist’s side for creating and when the right brain contributes to an art project it’s free flowing, comes easily, and it’s the artist’s alone.
Once an idea is thought about then some problem solving happens. The most unique tea bag folding cards I have seen are the creations that come from Pilgrim Place in Claremont, CA. It does not matter that I gave the group the paper folding idea, a couple of members took the idea and made it all their own.
These original cards can be purchased at the yearly Pilgrim’s Place Festival.
The designers took a special idea and designing with photoshop made beautiful original floral tiles with their own photos.
Someday I will learn to design my own tiles. I know it will take a whole new learning curve.
Make Your Tea Bag Folding Designs Unique
Another creative for instance, is this design by Beth Norman.
A grid makes a pretty backdrop for flat fold origami rosettes. See Beth’s blog about making background papers, Sunflowers and Dragonflies Creative Designs.
A suggestion for this look; design a 6×6″ collage, take a copy, then cut both sheets into 2″ squares. Use nine squares from the original for the background and the eight copied squares can be folded into your favorite TBF pattern. Place like the butterfly here.
Every few months, by exploring tea bag folding designs under Google images, the hobbyist can keep busy.
Have fun creating your own, SherryV
Establishing my own website for sharing teabag folding ideas is bogging my confidence into a sticky wet mire. The mind is so overwhelmed I cannot concentrate on the paper folding part of it. I am wishing the site was further along but so many technical questions are arising that I am almost tongue tied, or I should say keyboard tied.
Well, since I have too many problems to move foreword to get my material up and viewable here. I will refer you to a couple of my idea pages elsewhere so you have some folding ideas to explore with. No reason for everyone to be thinking, what is next?
At Tea Bag Folding Ideas for Handmade Cards I take a fold and give you some extra variations that I worked out myself. The second tutorial has 6 ideas on what to do with one easy fold that is popular as a youtube. It is Make A Paper Flower Rosette Decoration.
If you have found a new fold share the link with us below, so we can get back to proper business with papers in hand.