I recently came across this great photo on Pinterest, depicting an origami wallet. Naturally, I scoured the internet trying to find instructions or source information. All I had to go on was what was depicted in the design credit: “Design: Hedi Kyle”
I became so frustrated because as I ran through various leads on Google, I saw:
- Some instruction but it was so poorly written, it was unfollowable
- Some mention of “Hedi Kyle” but not definitive enough to tell where to find instructions
- A mention of “Hedi Kyle” in connection to a book by Helen Hiebert, “Playing with Paper" but nothing was ever clear enough to tell me if the book merely mentions Kyle’s work or if it publishes the instructions as a whole (??). Naturally, I called bookstores, wishing to look through the book before buying but nobody was stocked with it. It was not available electronically, except on the Nook (not my favorite). I finally risked and just bought the book. It had it.
I write all this to say, if you end up being like me and want to make this thing, "it’s in the book"
- you are safe to buy it. There. I spelled out what the internet was too vague to do. Hopefully the Google and Bing elves will crawl through this post and you’ll be able to find this bit of useful information.
While it is my view that, in principle, “origami is free”… I won’t be publishing my own instructions - even though I think I could improve on both the book and the internet. I have no need to debate this principle with any lawyers.
Lastly, Kyle/Hiebert did some beautiful work in putting together instructions for a wallet/notebook. With some slight modification, I was able to make a wallet with “inner pockets” - more like a traditional wallet. Further, I determined measurements that would make the pockets more of a “business card” size. I list them below.
Original sheet of paper measured to 12” x 20”
I reduced mine to 10” x 16.6”
Orignal measurement calls for an 8” mark
My mark comes in at 6.6”
For making the double-sided insert, I began with a paper of 10” x 20.7”
From there, I just duplicated the instructions on both sides of the sheet for making pleated folds. The whole insert gets folded in half and sewn in.
I also found that the original instructions call for three holes and some simple sewing, to bind the notebook. Whether sewing in my internal wallet or sewing in the notebook, I didn’t care for how loose things turned out - so I triplicated this process and made a total of 9 holes (three smaller bindings). This worked MUCH much better. You should be able to see this in one of my pictures of the blue wallet