Marie (aka CraftyMarie) has written hundreds of craft pages across the Internet. She writes many fun tutorials mostly for adult crafters.
Fun to Fold Fashions with Origami Dress Designs so Cute to Make
Paper folding is something that I really enjoy because you don't need any fancy equipment or materials - just paper and a little bit of patience. Origami dresses are a whole lot of fun to make and just perfect for creating your very own embellishments for handmade cards.
Enjoy this resource page I have put together and the links to projects and videos for making all kinds of styles from wedding to evening and just every day dresses to make from paper.
These projects are assorted from easy to intermediate, so nothing too challenging, and there are even video demonstrations that you can follow along to which makes the process even easier.
All Personal Images belong to the author of this article: Marie Williams Johnstone
Fill a Wardrobe with Pretty Paper Dresses! - Fashion Frocks You Can Rock Up in Patterned Paper
These origami dresses look like they're difficult to fold but if you visit the Origami Dress Instructions page, you'll find an easy step-by-step photo tutorial I devised that you can follow.
This particular dress fold is perfect for playing paper dolls and also for folding paper dresses for wedding invitations (just make them in white or cream) and also for cute handmade cards. Choose some pretty patterned origami papers to fold your fashion creations with.
More Fashionable Frocks to Fold
- Easy Full Skirted Design
A full-skirted style with a v-shaped neckline and short sleeves. Make it in under 20 steps. Suitable for intermediate folding.
- Easy One-Piece Paper Dress
A very easy design which you can fold in just 7 steps. It has no sleeves, a nipped in waist and close-fitting 'pencil' skirt.
- Easy Baby Doll
In just 7 steps, you can create a cute, flared, baby doll style frock with short sleeves.
- Easy School Style Girl's Uniform
This design would be ideal for a handmade card on a school theme. In just 10 steps you can make a cute uniform which looks just like a school one with knee length skirt and rounded collar.
- Intermediate Wedding Gown
A gorgeously styled origami wedding gown with a beautifully folded neckline and detailed waist area. A wonderful project to make in 17 steps.
- Origami Halter-Neck Evening Style
Here is a stylish halter-neck evening attire with pleated skirt. It is an intermediate folding project.
- Pleated Design
An origami dress that is constructed from lots of vertical pleats. This makes a cute and unusual paper project to fold.
- Gorgeously Pretty Evening Wear
This is a stunning pleated design with a full, pleated skirt, wide waistband and no sleeves. An intermediate project in 20 steps.
See How to Fold a Pretty Origami Dress Easily From Paper
Lots of Cute Clothes to Create - With this Fun Fashion Origami Book
Folded paper dresses work particularly well as embellishments for wedding cards, scrapbook pages, tags for gifts and sweet hanging ornaments. This is a great craft for adults who enjoy cute projects as well as for rainy day crafting with kids.
My daughter has a fab book called Fashion Origami which I can really recommend. It is a book designed to appeal more to kids with instructions on making different types of clothes including party dress, sundress, skirt, shirt, jacket, pajamas, coat and more.
The book set comes with 80 sheets of paper which is plenty to create with as well as embellishments for adorning the clothes even further. It makes a great gift choice for older children to enjoy.
One of My Finished Origami Dress Designs Which Has Been Embellished
Embellish the Dresses Further to Make Them Really Unique
Part of the fun with making types of clothing and fashion attire using folding techniques is when you've completed your design and you can embellish it however you choose.
It's a bit like getting to play fashion designer for a while. My little girl and I love to make up lots of these and then go mad decorating them with scraps of ribbons, lace, sequins, glitter, tiny buttons, stickers and more.
It's a really fun way to craft when you're stuck inside for any reason - normally the weather for us. I hope you've enjoyed reading my origami paper folding article today, thanks for your visit. Please do feel free to leave a comment for me below. You can leave a comment if you wish or even ask a question related to this article and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks so much for dropping by.
Fold a Japanese Style Kimono Dress Robe
© 2012 Marie
Your Comments - Have you tried origami before? Is this a project you'd like to try soon?
June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on July 30, 2014:
I have done a little simple origami before, essentially to use it as embellishments on cards and artist trading cards. etc. I have made the little dress and it is adorable. Thanks for sharing this pattern.
Marie (author) on July 09, 2014:
@tazzytamar: That is a really good idea. How lovely to make some for Christening invites.
Anna from chichester on July 08, 2014:
These are gorgeous! I might try making these with fabric and using them as Christening invitations for my baby boy :) thanks for the great idea :)
asereht1970 from Philippines on June 10, 2014:
Right now I'm trying to follow your video tutorial. Great lens.
CherylsArt on May 26, 2014:
This is such a cute idea!
LilyBird on May 18, 2014:
I've made origami frogs and cranes and it was fun! I think these dresses would make great cards. The dresses remind me of birthday cards I would get from my grandmother years ago. I'm going to give this a try. Thanks!
ChocolateLily on April 02, 2014:
I've done some origami, mostly a ton of paper cranes for our wedding a few years ago. These dresses are so cute. I hadn't thought of making origami clothes.
Marie (author) on March 01, 2014:
@ecogranny: Thank you, that is very kind of you to share my page too. Paper dresses are lovely for kids to make.
Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on February 23, 2014:
While my hands won't let me do such intricate work any longer, I was interested in this page because just the other day a friend said she wanted to teach her grandchild to do origami. I'm passing it along. Thank you for sharing it.
Marie (author) on October 20, 2012:
@Lorna Jean Aro: Thank you, it's great fun folding dresses :)
Lorna Jean Aro on May 26, 2012:
Marie (author) on April 30, 2012:
@anonymous: Thank you for visiting my Origami Dress page.
anonymous on April 12, 2012:
Very pretty! :)