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Make Your Own Fabric Origami Crane Ornament

Follow along and create your very own fabric origami ornament, great for decorating your tree, giving as a gift, or just keeping as a household decoration.
2021-12-07

How kawaii are these fabric origami cranes?!  Once you learn the basics you can apply the steps to different types of fabrics and paper! You can turn them into ornaments or string them together to make a garland. The possibilities are endless! Keep reading to learn step by step how to make your own origami fabric crane!

 fabric, fleece interfacing, iron, and hang tag to make a custom fabric origami crane

First thing first: gather your supplies.

DIY fabric crane Supplies: 

  • Fabric of your choice [I’m using 100% cotton]
  • Fusible fleece interfacing 
  • Iron 
  • Custom DLS hang tag

 ironing a piece of fabric to make a folded fabric ornament

Step 1

Start with a square piece of fabric and iron the fusible interfacing to the back for added support. I’m using a 10x10” piece of fabric. Remember to press with an iron after each step!

 fabric folded in half diagonally creating a triangle shape

Step 2

Fold the fabric in half diagonally by taking the top corner and folding it to the bottom corner to create a triangle. Press with the iron to make a crease from the left corner tip to the right.

 creating a smaller fabric triangle by folding the larger one in half

Step 3

Fold the triangle in half by taking the left corner and folding it to the right to create a smaller triangle.

 making a squash fold with fabric

Step 4

Make a squash fold by taking the top point and folding it to the bottom point while pressing the right and left sides down to create a diamond.

 creating a diamond shape with fabric

Step 5

Flip over and do the same squash fold on the other side to create a diamond shape.

 pushing layers up and inward on folded fabric

Step 6

Starting from the bottom point of the diamond, pull the one layer up and push the left and right edges inwards towards the center line and press flat.

 folding layers of fabric to make a fabric origami ornament

Step 7

Repeat Step 6 on the other side.

 lower right and left edges of fabric folded to the center line and pressed

Step 8

Fold the lower right and left edge to the center line and press.

 center pressing right and left edges of folded fabric ornament

Step 9

Repeat Step 8 on the other side.

 creating a head and tail for a fabric origami crane ornament

Step 10

Fold the lower right flap up and out to the right. Do the same with the left side (tail). Create a head by flattening the flap, and inside reverse folding a little section down at the top. Complete your crane by pulling the wings out.

 origami folded ornament with hang tag

If you're looking to add a great addition to your newly created folded origami ornament, a hang tag is a great way to present your ornament as a gift, or if you want to have a special message come with your folded origami ornament!

And that's it! Congratulations! You just made your own origami fabric crane! :) We also have a step-by-step DIY fabric origami crane ornament video guide, if you want to follow along.

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 hanging fabric origami ornaments
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