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Posted by on Apr 27, 2010 in Cardmaking 301, Stars and Stamps, Tutorial | 12 comments

Tutorial: Shirt Fold

We are coming up on the deadline for Father’s Day cards; remember, Father’s Day cards should be in the hands of the shipper by May 15 (sooner is better). While looking for ideas for dads, I’d seen these cute little shirts, so I went in search of instructions on how to make them. There are a lot of instructions out there, some easier to understand than others. Hopefully you will find these easy to follow.

Remember you can click on any picture to enlarge it.

Start with a 4″ x 6″ piece of paper. Choose as thin a piece of paper as possible for ease of folding.
Score lines 1″ from either side of the paper and 1/2″ from one end as shown.

Fold along the two long score lines, so that the edges meet in the middle.

Turn the paper over, and fold the 1/2″ edge toward the solid side.


Turn it back over to the split side, and fold the top corners in so they meet at the center line. You are forming the collar of your shirt.
Bring the bottom of the paper up and tuck it under the flaps of the collar. Use a bone folder to make a hard crease at the fold you have created.


Open the new fold back up again. Fold the end of the paper open, making a crease from the fold line to the bottom edge. You are forming the shirt sleeves. (Some tutorials show a much more complicated way to fold sleeves, but this way is much easier and just as cute.)


Fold the paper back up and tuck the bottom under the collar. Here is your shirt.

You may want to trim the sleeves so that they are narrower and look more natural.


Add brads for buttons, or a knotted piece of ribbon for a tie.

Here is the best video tutorial I found. It’s hard to see what she’s doing, but her instructions are really clear, and she’s explaining from a card making, rather than origami, perspective.

Please leave a comment with a link if you use this tutorial to make a shirt card. Please also let us know what subjects you would like to see in a future tutorial, or email challenges@operationwritehome.org if you would like to share a tutorial with everyone.

12 Comments

  1. Awesome tutorial! I can't wait to make some of these! Thanks, Kate!

  2. Thanks, great tutorial! I've made these out of an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, I like the smaller size you're showing. My crafty kids are gonna love these!

  3. Thanks for posting this tutorial–can't wait to try it!!
    🙂 Sarah

  4. Yes, these are definitely cute! Not done with Father's day cards yet. Like a new challenge!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I've seen and made these before but I had totally forgotten about "shirts". They are such a cute idea. Thanks for the refresher course.

  6. Excellent tutorial! Thanks, Kate!

  7. GREAT tutorial! I can't wait to try!

  8. OMG I just got some "fish" patterned paper from hobby lobby last night that would be perfect for a Dad shirt. I'm definitely trying this. Ill come back and post a link when I get it up on my blog!

  9. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. I just made a bunch, and now I have to make some cards to go with them. Thank you for the awesome tutorial!

  11. Just got some new cardstock with tropical flowers on it and can't wait to make it into a shirt for Father's Day. Thanks for another wonderful tutorial. I will be back to get more info soon. Love the site, the tutorials, and all the sharing.

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