Origami Dress

12 Apr


Last year I posted about our favourite homemade Father’s Day gift, an origami shirt and tie garland.  The kids loved making it and their Papa loved receiving it.  We still admire it on a daily basis and according to my site statistics it’s the one readers come to visit the most (it’s even featured on the Disney blog Spoonful here).

As some of you may know, origami is very popular in this house (post to prove it here).  We spend hours folding everything from cranes (once we even folded 1000 for a special friend), balls, mice, pianos and even the odd piece of lingerie.  Whenever we have kids over to our house the origami box is usually the first thing that comes out and my kids love passing on their folding skills to others.

Since Mother’s Day is coming up (On May 12th in Italy) I thought it would be a nice idea to make the origami dress version of the shirt and tie garland.  My kids learned how to fold this dress a few years ago and we have a house full of them.


For this garland the kids folded tiny versions of the origami dress and then sewed them onto round pieces of paper.  The garland can be folded (carefully) up and slipped into an envelope to be opened on Mother’s Day.  Very sweet.


The kids also folded some larger dresses and made them into cards.  They only glued the top of the dress onto the cardboard which makes the skirt puff out a little.  Very pretty.  And very quick to do.

Here is a little video of my daughter showing how to fold a paper origami dress.  Please ignore the irritating music, I’ll try and find something a little more soothing soon.


29 Responses to “Origami Dress”

  1. Judith April 12, 2013 at 12:52 #

    Awwww your daughter folds like a PRO! So nice to see how you she touches the paper and pets it with the back of her hand. And she’s so fast too!
    Have a great weekend, Jill!

    • Jillian in Italy April 15, 2013 at 21:31 #

      She is a pro. You should see me fold one. It ends up all crumpled and ugly. Good thing I have daughter’s who are master folders.

  2. grammao April 12, 2013 at 13:07 #

    Absolutely fabulous – I want o try it myself

  3. juliedekeyzer April 12, 2013 at 14:13 #

    I love the shape and style of the dress, can’t Eva or Chloë fold me a real one 🙂

  4. Giova April 12, 2013 at 15:23 #

    Love the look of the dresses (50’s style?), and of course the garland!! What a cool idea!!

  5. pysselbolaget April 15, 2013 at 18:47 #

    What a lovely blog you run! I found lots of inspiration and I’ll come back often!

    Best regards fom Pysselbolaget/Sweden

  6. carolineurdaneta August 2, 2013 at 15:58 #

    Jillian! I love this so much and your video is GREAT!

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  8. vivilacht October 17, 2013 at 20:28 #

    I love Origami, specially easy things that I can work also with little kids. The dress is lovely.

    • annastasia myers March 3, 2014 at 02:22 #

      its so hard at the part where you fold the collar! 😦

  9. Delph May 18, 2014 at 13:41 #

    I love it!! just made a few of these and my dauthers are already playing with 🙂 thanks for this lovely idea!

  10. Bette May 23, 2014 at 11:20 #

    I visited several web pages but the audio quality for audio songs existing at this
    web page is actually fabulous.

  11. panic at the disco June 12, 2014 at 23:21 #

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on head shop locator.


  12. Francesca July 16, 2014 at 11:43 #

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I truly appreciate your efforts
    and I will be waiting for your further post thanks
    once again.

  13. KitaNguyen October 24, 2014 at 04:08 #

    Where did you get your origami paper? They look adorable!

    • jc December 4, 2014 at 08:07 #

      I actually bought a lot of it in Japan a few years ago. But I did find some lovely paper on Amazon as well!

  14. soncee January 7, 2015 at 22:21 #

    How fashionably adorable is this…cannot wait to make this for a Mother’s day card!
    Thanks for the “lively” video music! 🙂

    • Jillian In Italy January 9, 2015 at 07:56 #

      Ha! I still have to change the music in the video. It’s so repetitive and mesmerising (in a bad way). Good luck with your Mother’s Day card!

  15. Swetha March 9, 2015 at 13:56 #

    What is the measurement of the paper you used to make the origami dress and shirts? It is amazingly cute. I daughter my would love to do them. Thanks in advance.

    • viebschen July 26, 2016 at 18:14 #

      Did you get an answer to question ? everywhere I went there are no sizes !! wish they would think of the sizes cause I use recycled stuff and knowing the size paper would be a big help.

  16. brooke April 25, 2015 at 05:17 #

    Awesome! I love origami and I’m going to try this very soon! It’s a fantastic personalized gift.


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