Easy Sew DIY Origami Bag

Easy Sew DIY Origami Bag

Learn how to make this easy sew DIY Origami bag. It’s a simple sewing project that is perfect for a beginner sewer. In less than 20 minutes of time, this affordable sewing project is going to be one that you or your sewer is going to be super proud of. Use it to store items at home or give it as a fun gift to someone that you love as well. I am certain once you make one, you’re going to be making many more!

Easy Sew DIY Origami Bag

The look of this origami bag is really cool and unique. In fact, it’s worth sewing just for that fact alone. The fun part about this simple tutorial is that you just need a few supplies and tools to get started. As long as you have them, you can make up this fun DIY bag in no time at all. Follow along with the written and visual tutorial below. You’ll find everything that you need below and the photos to help guide you along the way.

What You’ll Need For This Easy Sew DIY Origami Bag:

How To Make An Easy Sew DIY Origami Bag

As you decided on your fabric make sure you have the right proportions to ensure your bag has the right shape. When making an Easy Sew DIY Origami Bag, the measurements need to be that the length is three times the width. My tea towels measured 31”x31”, so I was only able to cut them down to be 30.5”x10.5”. As far as bento bags go, this is on the small side. After researching the “ideal” size for a bento bag, you would shoot for 36.5”x12.5”, which includes your seam allowances. In the future, I will make them in the bigger sizing as those few inches add up when it comes to bag space.

pinning fabric

After you have measured and cut, place your 2 pieces of fabric down with the right sides together and pin or clip into place.

sewing seams

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew all around the rectangle. Make sure you leave about a 3” opening on the bottom so that you can turn the fabric.  

supplies needed for origami bag

Trim your seams, being careful not to clip into your seam allowance. This will give the inside of your bad a cleaner look and get rid of some of the seam bulk.

turning inside out

Turn the bag right sides out and press. You may need to use a turning tool or a pencil to push out the inside corners.

combining two fabrics

With the fabric turned right side out, lay out the rectangle on your work surface horizontally.  Fold the rectangle into equal thirds, so you have 3 equal squares. Press flat with an iron. This will give you nice crisp fold lines you can sew in the next step.

sewing the edges

The next step in making a DIY origami bag is to Open your rectangle and fold the right third (square) over to the centerline. Pin or clip into place and stitch along the bottom.  

arrow showing correct side of fabric

Take the top left corner of the right third (square) and fold down diagonally to the opposite corner (see photo.) Pin or clip into place and stitch along the bottom.  

Fold the left third over to the right third and pin or clip into place and stitch along the top.  

open the Easy Sew DIY Origami Bag

The project is starting to take some shape. Now reach in and open the bag.

measuring the size for fabric

Now we are going to work on the origami shape of our Easy Sew DIY Origami Bag. Using a ruler, start from the point of the corner and measure up 2”. Draw a line across your corner from this point and repeat on the other side. 

sewing the edge of the Easy Sew DIY Origami Bag

Head back to the sewing machine and stitch along the line on both sides. 

cutting off corners of Easy Sew DIY Origami Bag

Next, use your scissors to cut off the corners just outside of your seam. Be careful not to cut your stitches.

Easy Sew DIY Origami Bag on table

Now, simply turn your bag right side out and enjoy! See how simple this is? You can make your origami bags look differently depending on the fabric and pattern. Have fun making them unique! You have the option to change the easy sew origami bag up any way that you want and make them unique with fun pattern choices or cool fabric colors.

Is the origami bag a great gift?

Personally I think this is really a cool gift idea. While bags are quite common when it comes to gifts, origami bags are not. Especially ones that are handmade by you! What that means is that once you make an origami bag, you can use it as a fun gift bag or even as the gift itself.

Think of ways that you can give these as Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, or honestly any occasion. A fun way would be to load it up with their favorite treats, some makeup items, or even those on the go essentials that you love and let them know that you’re thinking about them. This way the “gift wrapping” is a cute bag they can use as well.

What is the total cost of this easy sewing project?

As long as you have the majority of the sewing tools needed, this simple DIY bag shouldn’t cost you more than $5 to make. If using tea towels, you can use other fabric but depending on what fabric you chose it may affect the cost. This Origami bag is a simple, fast, and affordable bag that even a beginner can sew.

Easy Sew DIY Origami Bag

If you liked this easy sew DIY origami bag, make sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board or share it with friends on social media. If you decide to make this simple project on your own, make certain that you take a picture afterward and tag us on social media as we love seeing the fabrics and color choices that people use!

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Easy Sew DIY Origami Bag

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Don't miss out on this Easy Sew DIY Origami Bag! A Fun sewing project that can be used in multiple ways as a bag or even the wrapping of a gift. Just a few minutes and a few steps you will have your own Origami bag!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5.00

Instructions

  1. Place your 2 pieces of fabric, right sides together and pin or clip into place.
  2. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew all around the rectangle, leaving a 3” opening on the bottom for turning.
  3. Clip your seams, being careful not to clip into your seam allowance.
  4. Turn the bag right sides out and press.
  5. Lay out the rectangle on your work surface horizontally. Fold the rectangle into equal thirds, so you have 3 equal squares, and press.
  6. Open your rectangle and fold the right third (square) over to the center line.
  7. Pin or clip into place and stitch along the bottom.
  8. Take the top left corner of the right third (square) and fold down diagonally to the opposite corner (see photo.)
  9. Pin or clip into place and stitch along the bottom.
  10. Fold the left third over to the right third and pin or clip into place and stitch along the top.
  11. Reach in and open the bag.
  12. Using a ruler and starting from the point of the corner, measure up 2” and draw a line across your corner. Repeat on the other side.
  13. Stitch along the line on both sides.
  14. Using your scissors and being careful not to cut into the seam allowance, cut off the corners.
  15. Turn your bag right side out and enjoy!

Notes

When making an Easy Sew DIY Origami Bag, the measurements need to be that the length is three times the width. My tea towels measured 31”x31”, so I was only able to cut them down to be 30.5”x10.5”. As far as bento bags go, this is on the small side. After researching the “ideal” size for a bento bag, you would shoot for 36.5”x12.5”, which includes your seam allowances.

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