Aug 20, 2008

How to make an origami Kimono


Today, I explain you how to make the kimono origami to respond the request of veronica.
It's a little complicated so I'm afraid if I can tell you well.

(1)Prepare square paper and cut it in half.

(2)Fold it in half to make a crease and fold back.

(3)Fold a little to make a collar.

(4)Then fold the collar side to the center line.

(5)Turn it over and fold the collar side to the line that you made in the step (4), like this picture.


(6)Turn it over and fold it like this. The width of the bottom is a little wider than the collar.

(7)Fold to the back the other side in half.

The opposite side is like this.

(8)Fold both side to the collar, and open it, as shown in the following pictures.




(9)Fold the back of the collar to the back.

The opposite side is like this.

(10)Fold the back side in half to make sleeves.

The opposite side is like this.

You did it!

If I couldn't explain it in a good way, please leave a comment. Thank you!!!!

42 comments:

Clare said...

oooh these instructions are really clear! I could follow them easily...but my folding isn't as neat as yours, so my kimono looks a bit...lopsided. I think I need to use better paper!

mairuru said...

Hi Clare, thank you for your comment!
I want to see your work.
O.K.! If you want, I can send you some pieces of papers and some samples. I have too many origami paper now...

Blake and Hollie said...

I love origami. We are living on Okinawa and only have 10 months left. I enjoyed reading your blog and looking at your items on Etsy. You have so much talent!

Clare said...

Oh that would be so cool! I can send you something interesting back too - I love writing letters!
Here is the origami kimono I made...the picture is kind of fuzzy cause I used my camera phone. I think because I used one colour paper it looks a bit plain...

mairuru said...

Thank you Blake and Hollie,
I'm happy to hear that. I've been to Okinawa only once, and only Ishigaki Island. But I love there.
Have good days!

mairuru said...

Hello Clare,
Your kimono is so cute! I like simple one.
I'll send you some colorful origami papers. Please wait for a while! I love writing letters, too!

Pam Burrus said...

THANK YOU for very easy directions and great pics. I'm using these as table decorations in a japanese themed bachelorette party :)

mairuru said...

Hello Pam,
Thank you for your comment!
I want to see your table, and what you cooked!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this great instruction!! I was trying to follow instructions from a kit with horribly designed "Diagrams" that were confusing and explained nothing. This is greatly appreciated.

Plain Jane said...

fabulous instructions! thanks so much.

Saki Osakura said...

hontoni kawaii > <

SharenWee said...

Hi..
Can I know what is the measurement of the paper that you used for kimono origami?
I'm planning to do this as a souvenior of my university event..
Can you reply to my email at
sharen.wee@gmail.com

mairuru said...

I'm using 15cm x 15cm Oriami paper!

kirkyo said...

Brilliant! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

thanks! these helped ALOT! this is because... i needed it for a school project!:)

ragfish said...

Thank you Mai.
I just took my mother, sister, and daughter to see Itchiku Kubota's landscape kimono works in Canton, Ohio, USA. What a marvel, such beauty, and such amazing craftsmanship.
I'm making us all origami Kimonos to remember the day.
Your instructions are perfect.

mairuru said...

Hello ragfish,
Thank you for your comment! I didn't know Itchiku, but I like to see Kimono.
This Origami is easy to make, so please enjoy it.
Arigato (* v *)!!!!!

Hannah said...

I just wanted to say that these were by FAR the best instructions that I found. Thank you so much for posting it! We are having people over for Tanabata and I wanted to have an assortment. I'll have to check out your other stuff on Etsy.
Cheers,
Hannah

Flick Smith said...

These instructions were amazing!
you folding is so neat and precise.
Each step was clear and easy to follow. I cann't thankyou you enough.
You are fantastic.

P.s Where do you buy the paper?
:)

Elizabeth said...

Great instructions for an origami kimono! I just taught art classes at a Japanese cultural school and I am going to use the kimonos to decorate thank you cards.

Thanks for your help!

Anonymous said...

Thank you soo much for sending the patterns. Years ago I made a longer version of an origami Kimono but made it with Asian fabric. I framed .them and gave as gifts. It was a gift that you do not receive often. What is HTML tag. How is it used. Do I need one? Rose

Anonymous said...

I will try this with my children, during the school holidays. It's lovely to craft together and to share with others. You are a creative person, Mai.
Mena

Jess said...

this was great, it took me forever to find a how-to for an origami kimono - these would make wonderful chopstick rests also

Anonymous said...

this is sooo not clear

i didnt even now what to doa t the end cause there were no words at the end!!!!!

never coming back....

Koru said...

This was so clear, I didn't even read the words! XD I'm a bit afraid of origami because I can never seem to understand the directions, but I did this in under a minute!!! どうもありがとうございました、マイルル先生!!!

Elaine said...

This is a very clearly written and photographed tutorial. Thank you so much! It really helped to see the back side of the project too. My paper was a little thick and it's sort of a short & stubby kimono but otherwise I like it a lot! :)

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I loved your instructions! They were so clear and easy to follow. My aunt just returned from Japan and bought me some origami paper! It's the exact paper you used in your demo! Thanks for sharing such clear easy instructions!
Aloha! Missy

christine said...

Thank you for teaching me how to make the origami Kimono. I will make them and origami cranes to decorate at my friends birthday dinner. We are having an Asian influenced menu. I also enjoyed seeing your sewing projects. I am teaching myself how to knit and sew. I just made aprons for my two neices, 3 and 7 years old. This is the first time I wrote on a blog.I do not have much computer experience. I am interested to see how someone does things I do, but from another part of the world. The paper you used for the Kimono is so different than what I have. You celebrate your neices birthday as I but the deocrations are different. It's fun to see the similarities and differences. Thank you for sharing.Christine (New Jersey,USA)

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G2 said...

Your kimono is amazingly easy to follow. I got one at the exchange booth at Narita airport and had been looking for way to duplicate it since then. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

OMG! This is so much easier!I always get confused when I use oragami books. Thanks! Also, how do you make female kimonos?

Sheryl said...

Just made a lovely little origami kimono here in Australia, thanks to your great instructions. Tomorrow I'll be meeting a friend and creating some with patchwork fabrics. That should be fun too. Thanks!

V said...

Hi.
This helped me sooooo much. I needed this for a school project. Doumo arigatou gozaimasu. :) (I'm taking Japanese classes - I actually needed this origami for those classes ;) )
Anyways, now I really enjoy doing origami and I would really love to continued doing it :)
Bye, V

Anonymous said...

very pretty!

Anonymous said...

At last some lovely clear instructions, I have been looking for ages and this is just great- it also helped very much to have the size of the paper. Your baby is beautiful, I hope she brings you much joy and happiness. from Janet (Zimbabwe, Africa)

RozW said...

Best instructions I have found...ty

Anonymous said...

Very Good !! Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

Your photos make it really quite clear but the english instructions arent as good because they dont quite match what is going on in the photo. However, I worked it out anyway!

Paulette said...

I made one of these today! Thank you for the instructions and photos!

Kendall Cheek said...

Your instructions are great and I made my kimono very well on my first try. Thank you!