March 9, 2010

Origami Bags from Mairuru’s tutorial

Filed under: Projects — laupre @ 9:14 pm

I saw this lovely tutotial over on Mairuru’s blog here:
I had to give it a try the day I saw it. The tutorial was easy to follow, took no time at all, and the final product is adorable! I made this sweet little pouch for my favorite nine year old to hold her little mp3 player. The long ribbon lets her hand the player around her neck keeping the player easy to reach while enjoying her music.

The little pockets on the sides are so cute and clever. I was delighted to find that they were being put to good use when I borrowed the bag back to snap some pics and found tiny flowers she had gathered all dried and precious safely tucked away. Adorable!

Action shot! She loves the little bag so much, and that makes me happy.
I used 8 inch squares to make this bag. the final size is about 4″x4.5″.

I remembered this little pouch last weekend when I was having a minor bag emergency. I needed just a little backpack to tote along a few items on our trip to opening weekend of Saturday market. I had less than an hour to whip something up, and I liked this so much more than just grabbing one of my totes.
I simply altered the design by using larger squares of fabric (33 inches) and folded down the triangle flaps and making the drawstring channel before sewing the sides. I ran the straps through the channels and stitched the ends to the bottom corners when I sewed up the sides.
The final size for this bag was about 13″ x 15″.

It was just what I needed!

Be sure to check out this blog if you’re not already following her. I love seeing the adorable and beautiful little things she sews. Like the tutorial she shared for her little Sarubobo dolls

(This is one I made)



  1. oh lovely, what a nice idea…shall go and have a look at her site now…

    Comment by Heather — March 9, 2010 @ 11:07 pm

  2. Fantastic post & Excellent blog! I would like to launch a blog too but I have no clue where to begin. I know I have the relevant skills to do it (not that challenging on the technical part) but I feel like I’m too lazy to post on a regular basis… That’s the problem, if you get started you have to go all the way…

    Comment by Replrica Handbags — April 20, 2010 @ 12:20 am

  3. great just simply great,loved your post. you are a very talent person. wow! bookmarked your post, waiting for more..

    Comment by himachal — April 22, 2010 @ 11:25 pm

  4. great, simply idea, nice post… thank you..

    Comment by Chen Cen Wie — May 23, 2010 @ 5:37 am

  5. oooo these are some lovely pouches…will definitely be making some for my niece’s b’day gift :)…thanks for the idea. Mairuru is just so prolific, isn’t she? :

    Comment by Lia — June 18, 2010 @ 3:02 am

  6. Hi, I have just seen your post after having made a few of the small origami bags from Mairuru’s tutorial. The way you made the backpack was amazing. After seeing the picture of your favorite 9 year old I thought I would like to make a backpack style for my granddaughter who is also nine and takes dance. I do have a question about the straps. I can’t quite figure out how to do them and how long to make them. Do you string them through the draw string channel like in the small version?
    If you have a spare minute, I hope that you can help as she hasn’t started her classes yet and it would be a nice surprise. Thanks, Laura

    Comment by laura marcario — September 12, 2010 @ 1:16 pm

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