How To Make An Origami Purse

Lauren John
Dec 12, 2023 By Lauren John
Originally Published on Sep 03, 2020
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Ever looked up recipes, craft activities, or just found a fun project to do, but then found you haven't got all you need? One of the best things about origami is that you can do so many projects with a few items you have lying around at home.

The Japanese art of paper folding needs minimal materials, has projects suitable for beginners to more intricate designs, and is fun for all the family. Pick up your origami paper, fold those edges accurately, and enjoy our cute folded paper purse projects. All instructions are below, with handy pictures, so join us and get creating!

How To Make An Origami Clutch Bag

Kids will love this origami handbag with a twist. This is no ordinary clutch, it's a clutch with pockets, which when complete, they can decorate and use to store small items like stickers, dolls accessories, or coins they are saving for a treat.

This origami design takes a few different steps but is a fun weekend activity your children can do with friends.

To make one origami bag in this design you will need:

A sheet of A4 paper (any colour or pattern you like, but don't forget you can decorate your finished origami handbag when you've finished as well).

A ruler or bone folder.

Craft items to decorate your finished projects, such as stickers, metallic pens, glitter glue, or stick-on gems.

Step By Step Instructions

Origami giraffe and blue lion on white background

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  1. Fold your paper in half lengthways.
  2. Open out and fold in each of the four corners to make triangle shapes, making sure the creases are as neat as possible.
  3. You will have pointed tips at the end of each side of the paper. Fold each of these into the centre to the end of your previous fold lines.
  4. Next, fold the paper in half right to left.
  5. Turn open out the paper and fold both sides into the centre.
  6. Turn the paper over and fold in half right to left to get a square shape.
  7. Open the paper out again and fold each side into the centre scoreline.
  8. Fold the paper over from top to bottom, and you will have the two pockets of your origami pouch.
  9. To make it into a full clutch design, with a flap, pull out the end from the back pocket.
  10. You will then have a triangle to make the flap of your clutch origami handbag.
  11. To finish decorate the top with pens, gems, or other embellishments, and leave to dry.

Steps showing the origami coin purse with the finishing decorative touches.

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How To Make A Simple Purse - Tote Bag Design

Step By Step Instructions

Origami giraffe and blue lion on white background

© Lauren John

  1. Fold your paper in half lengthways.
  2. Open out and fold in each of the four corners to make triangle shapes, making sure the creases are as neat as possible.
  3. You will have pointed tips at the end of each side of the paper. Fold each of these into the centre to the end of your previous fold lines.
  4. Next, fold the paper in half right to left.
  5. Turn open out the paper and fold both sides into the centre.
  6. Turn the paper over and fold in half right to left to get a square shape.
  7. Open the paper out again and fold each side into the centre scoreline.
  8. Fold the paper over from top to bottom, and you will have the two pockets of your origami pouch.
  9. To make it into a full clutch design, with a flap, pull out the end from the back pocket.
  10. You will then have a triangle to make the flap of your clutch origami handbag.
  11. To finish decorate the top with pens, gems, or other embellishments, and leave to dry.

Steps showing the origami coin purse with the finishing decorative touches.

© Lauren John

How To Make A Simple Purse - Tote Bag Design

Once you start making origami purses, it might be hard to stop, so here's a different design to try out with an easy to follow tutorial. To make one of these tote bag style purses you will need:

Two sheets of coloured paper measuring 6 x 6 inches.

Ruler.

Glue.

Pens and glitter glue for decoration.

Step By Step Instructions

Step by step visual instructions for making an origami tote purse design.

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  1. Place two 6x6 pieces of paper one on top of the other on a flat surface.
  2. Fold in half bottom left to top right to form a triangle.
  3. Fold again bottom to top to make a smaller triangle.
  4. Turn the paper so the triangle tip is pointing upwards.
  5. Fold the right side over and across, so the tip is just over the left edge as pictured.
  6. Turn over and repeat on the other side,  this time folding the left side over to line up with the previous fold.
  7. Next turn round as pictured, and measure and mark 1.5cm across from the right edge.
  8. Cut in a diagonal direction up almost towards the folded over triangle shape. Younger children may need parental supervision with the scissors.
  9. Open the paper out to form the bag shape, then fold the top two layers of the inner triangle down. Repeat this on the other side to form two pretty flaps.
  10. Finally, glue both layers of each bag handle together.
  11. Your purse is complete, but now it's time to be creative and decorate it with pens, stick-on gems or stickers, bows, or glitter glue.

Top Tip: If your papers are plain on one side, lay the bottom one coloured side down, and the top one coloured side up, to get a funky lining to your origami handbag.

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Written by Lauren John

Diploma of Higher Education specializing in Leisure Management

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Lauren JohnDiploma of Higher Education specializing in Leisure Management

With roots in Essex and Welsh heritage, Lauren is an avid crafter and nature enthusiast. She has a Diploma in Higher Education with a specialization in Leisure Management from Writtle University College. In her spare time, she can be found inventing new games and outdoor activities to enjoy with her football-loving nephew.

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