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Book folding pattern - Butterfly

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The art of book folding combines the love of books with the love of paper crafting. The 3-dimensional sculpture that is created depends on the pattern that is chosen and the type of fold that is used. This pattern allows buyers to fold BUTTERFLY into a book (like the image). Full instructions are included on: Choosing a book Quality of Paper Understanding the parts of a book Starting & Finishing options Calculating the Start-point of a book Preparing your Template Following the Pattern and Folding the Pages Top tips for a successful outcome. The template and pattern sheet are laid out for you to print off and use each time you wish to fold a book with this design. You will need a HARDBACKED book with at least 112 Pages. The pattern height is 85mm. In just a few hours you will have a book of folded art that will amaze both yourself and your friends. Lovingly prepared these books make the perfect gift - especially for those people who already love books. Indeed when folding books intended for gifts the art can be expanded by not only choosing the book suitable for the receiver of the book but also to fold the book in a design that is complementary to the topic of the book. In this guide you will learn how to generally fold books, from basic to advanced designs, with styling and finishing options explained along the way. In certain instances, you will learn how you can optimise and modify the included templates to customise them into more bespoke designs. For those new to this art a selection of designs are displayed to help your understanding and build your confidence in book folding. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Download a pdf pattern Print document and cut off paper ruler Accurately align paper ruler on each page to fold Follow instructions to know where to fold the pages SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS The finished folded design height is 85mm which will sit centrally in your chosen hardback book

Recommended with this pattern

  • Scissors
  • Printer
  • Hardbacked book with at least 112 Pages

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Having been shown how to fold a heart into a book I was instantly hooked. As an avid reader and lover of all papercrafts what could be more pleasing than combining them both into one craft. Better still - folding the book into a 3D sculpture does not damage the book in any way so the reading content remains intact. Once I’d mastered folding hearts I was hungry for more book folding challenges. Having surfed the internet there appeared to be many book folding pictures but very little in the way of patterns (or templates) to guide me through other designs. Whilst everyone appeared to be folding the same heart I’d learnt to fold, there were also a selection of geometric designs and I was enamoured with the ability to fold words into a book which were beautifully crafted by a handful of experienced paper engineers. I wanted to be original with this new craft I’d learnt so I set about creating my own designs and establishing successful patterns for myself to use. Rather than re-create the folded book art seen by others, I chose to fold shapes and objects. The challenge then was to match the object or shape with the topic of the book, especially if I had someone in mind to gift the book to. When you find a craft you love and create designs that others wish to buy, what follows is requests from other crafters who wish to find out how to do what you do. What better compliment than to share the art and make my designs available to others so that they too can enjoy book folding. Most people also contact me and tell me just how much they’ve become hooked on book folding - especially as their artwork becomes the perfect gifting combination!