All you need is a single, crisp bill. If your bill is crumpled then you can iron it to make it flat. I’ve only tried using US bills (which are 2.61 by 6.14 inches), but I’m sure you could adapt the design for other currencies too.
Don’t be daunted by the length of the instructions below. Folding the dress is actually really simple! The only reason the instructions look long is because I included loads of photos and broke the process down into simple steps.
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Fold the bill in half by folding the top edge down to the bottom edge.
Fold the bottom edge up again, so that the crease goes through a point about 1/3 of the way from the top. Don’t worry about measuring 1/3 exactly - guessing it roughly is fine.
Turn over the bill. Then fold the bill in half lengthways and unfold again, just to make a crease going to down the center.
Fold these corners down diagonally. You should fold them in as far as they’ll go without tearing the bill. (The faint dotted line shows the position of edge of the bill that’s hidden behind, and the creases should go right up to this line.)
Unfold the fold you just did on the right in step 3. Then fold in along the line shown here.
As you make the fold, you’ll open up a sort of “pocket” in the paper and then squash it flat. Here are some more photos showing what happens in more detail.
Repeat the fold on the left side. Well done - you’ve now made the bottom half of the dress :-)
Fold the top edge down so that the crease is about 1/3 of the way down the top section. Like I said earlier, don’t worry about measuring 1/3 accurately. Just eyeballing it is fine.
Turn over the bill. Then fold the top edge down about 1/8 inch (3 mm) - that’s roughly the thickness of a matchstick. This folded over bit will be the trim on the neckline and sleeves of the dress.
Turn over the bill again. Fold the right side in at a slight angle, like this. You should fold in as far as it goes. The exact angle doesn’t really matter. It just sets the angle of the torso of the dress to give the dress a bit of an hourglass shape. Repeat the fold on the left side too.
Fold the left flap back out at an angle like this. This fold is making the sleeve of the dress. Make the same fold on the right side too.
Fold back in again slightly, to shorten the sleeve of the dress. The exact distance you fold up doesn’t matter - you’ll just end up with a longer or shorter sleeve. Make the same fold on the right too.
Your bill should now look something like this.
Turn over the bill. Fold back the top edge slightly to give the dress a gentle v-neck.