50 FREE Origami Sewing Patterns: Try Something New!

origami sewing patterns

Have you ever tried origami?

Origami is usually done with paper, but did you know there are sewing patterns that incorporate this beautiful Japanese custom and artform?

So what is origami anyway you might ask?

Well, origami is a Japanese word that literally means ori which is “folding” and kami which is “paper”. However, modern usage of the word just means folding of pretty much anything including cloth, which is where these origami sewing patterns come in.

The goal is to transform a flat piece of paper, or in our case, fabric into a finished sculpture using folding techniques with generally as little glue or stitching as possible.

Perhaps the most famous origami design of all is the paper crane pictured below. Have you ever seen this one?

origami sewing patterns

Please let me know what you think!

While I've not yet designed any origami sewing patterns myself yet, I'm thinking about it. I like Asian and Japanese style a lot. Let me know if you'd like to see some more.

If you too like Japanese-themed sewing, please check out this Turning Japanese Bag free pattern.

Origami Sewing Patterns Roundup

Here's a huge list of origami sewing patterns that I hope will inspire you to make something with this beautiful design concept just in time for summer.

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Gwen Wohlrab
Gwen Wohlrab

I’d really like to make the shirt but cannot find the directions.

Mayra Cecilia
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Reply to  Gwen Wohlrab

Hi Gwen, that one is made of paper, the fabric the site went offline, many free sites suffer this because of lack of funding. This are hard times…sadly

Joy Summers

Okay I am interested, how do I get the “50” Origami Patterns?


Beautiful beautiful

Karen R Burney
Karen R Burney

I have done several of these, but there are many more that look fascinating. I do wish that the directions for the shirt you used as your illustration for the post were included. I saw that demonstrated once but I can’t seem to recreate it.

Nikki DeRamus Moshier
Nikki DeRamus Moshier
Reply to  Karen R Burney

Here’s one pattern, https://www.origami-resource-center.com/origami-shirt.html or you can google origami shirt patterns for more HTH.

Karen R Burney
Karen R Burney

Thank you, Nikki.

Karen R Burney
Karen R Burney

I’ve done several of these, but there are many more that look fascinating. I do wish that the directions for the shirt you used as the illustration for the post was available. I saw this demonstrated once, but I can’t seem to recreate it.

Spinnin Jenny
Spinnin Jenny

One of my older sister’s college roommate’s was a Japanese girl. She stayed with us the Christmas my daughter was born. She made me a lot of little origami cranes. I made them into a hanging mobile and put it over the crib.

There’s several items shown here that I’ll be making. Thanks for posting these. I love all the patterns!