Introduction: Origami Folded Earring Caddy

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If you are looking for a stylish, practical, easy, and economical way to store your earrings,  then the Origami Earring Caddy is the way to go!  You can make this in less than 2 hours.  I guarantee you won't make just one!  This will be a well received gift for any occasion.  A couple of pieces of cloth, drinking straw, embellishments, folding techniques and a small amount of sewing or gluing will have this project singing.  You could make this with just paper if you wanted to.  I like to try different materials for different looks.

Step 1: Supplies

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You will need:

2  Pieces of contrasting fabric scraps,  10X10.
2 Pieces iron on interfacing measuring the same size as the cloth,  napkins,  or hankies you will be using.   
1 Plastic drinking straw. 
1 Needle and matching thread or glue (optional.)  It just makes it stronger but it is not necessary. 
Sewing machine  if you are sewing like I did. Again this is optional.  I wanted a more finished look.   It can be glued.
Embellishments I made a yo-yo and added a button. 
Pins optional 
Iron and ironing board


Please note:  I think you could make these out of paper, napkins, or hankies.  The interfacing adds body to the fabric and makes it firmer. 

Step 2: Cutting Fabric

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Cut 1 of each:  (fabric and  lining) and 2 (interfacing)  all the same size (10X 10.) 

Step 3: Attaching the Interfacing

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Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric and lining following the instructions for interfacing.  Use a piece of cloth, wax paper, or paper so it won't stick to the iron.

Step 4: Prepare Cloth to Sew.

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Prepare cloth:

Match the fabric to the lining right sides together.
Mark the seam making a narrow seam allowance as shown in the picture.
Leave a 3-4 inch opening to turn the fabric right side out as shown.
Pin together if needed.

Please note:  You may use fabric  glue if you don't have a sewing machine.  

Step 5: Sewing

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Beginning at the seam opening sew all the way around the square,  pivoting at the corners without lifting your needle until you reach the ending of the opening for turning.  See picture. 

Step 6: Clipping the Corners and Turning the Fabric

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Clip all the loose threads and all 4 corners at an angle.  
Turn right side out.
With the point of the pen or scissors poke out the corners to make a sharp corner.  

Step 7: Ironing

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Iron the cloth and press the hem under at the opening as shown in the picture.   
Sew a narrow seam allowance all the way around the cloth making a nice finished edge. 
Trim loose threads.
Press again.

Step 8: Flower Embellishment

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I made a yo-yo and sewed a button in the center of it for the embellishment. I think it should have been a little smaller.  

 If you do not know how to make a yo-yo here is a link:

Step 9: Folding the High Heel

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Here are the pictures for folding the heel.  I am also including the video link that I learned it from.  

Please note:  You want your main color to be facing down not up.  I wanted the printed side to show the most and I folded it wrong so I took it apart because I loved the print much more.  The pictures were after I had sewn the heel and toe. 
Video link:

Step 10: Sew or Glue the Seams

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If you would like a more secure heel, sew or glue where the seams are as shown in the pictures.  

Attach the embellishments.
Before sewing the end of the heel.  Cut a small piece of the drinking straw and insert it into the very end of the heel and pin it.  This adds strength to the heel.  Then sew up or glue the heel seam.  
Stitch the top edge where the heel connects.
Stitch the toe if you want it more secure.  

Step 11: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

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I am  pleased with the finished results of  this origami earring caddy.  I will be making a lot of them for Christmas this year.  I hope this tutorial has inspired you to make one of these for yourself.  I will be making several more of these tutorials in the next few days so please come back and see what I have been making.  Have a splendorous day!  And thank you for visiting!  



tvoyak (author)2011-09-15

I had never thought to use fabric for origami. That's great! Thanks for sharing :)

sunshiine (author)tvoyak2011-09-15

Thanks for commenting! There is actually a name for it but I don't remember what it is called at the moment. Have a splendorous day.

copilarim (author)2011-09-14

Oh this is really nice!!!:D I love the idee:)

sunshiine (author)copilarim2011-09-14

Thanks for commenting copilarim! I have more coming, please stay tuned and have a stupendous day! Sunshiine

ChrysN (author)2011-09-13

Cute caddy!

sunshiine (author)ChrysN2011-09-13

Thanks for commenting ChrysN! Have a splendorous day!


Lissastrata (author)2011-09-13

That's so pretty! :D

sunshiine (author)Lissastrata2011-09-13

Thanks for your comment! Stay tuned! I am working on some cute ones! Have a stupendous day! Sunshiine

scoochmaroo (author)2011-09-13

Fantastic! I love it!

sunshiine (author)scoochmaroo2011-09-13

It was a blast! I am having fun!

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