Money Origami Dress
Dollar Bill Folding Instructions

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Want to learn how to fold a money origami dress out of a dollar bill (or any other bill)? Let me show you how.

This dress is quick and easy to fold, and can transform a cash gift (or tip) into something creative and memorable. It's folded from a single bill - the photo below is a one dollar dress. My husband Tobias came up with this particular design so you won't find it anywhere else.

money origami dress dollar bill black side


The money origami dress looks slightly different depending on which face of the bill you use:

money origami dress dollar bill both sides


Got any weddings of friends and family coming up? If they ask for cash gifts (which seems to be increasingly the trend these days) why not fold the money into a bride and groom outfit like this? (Click here for origami shirt and tie instructions.) It might be nice to use a bill slightly more generous than $1 though :-)

money origami dress and suit shirt and pants


The origami dress also makes a great gift for a girl scout. Reader Sharon wrote in to say:

money origami dress sharon

"Just wanted to thank you for the great directions for the dress. I made this for my granddaughter to give to a fellow girl scout's birthday card (see pic). The green was great for this idea, and the gift was a hit at the party!"

Thanks for sharing your pic Sharon!


Ready to start folding money? You can take your choice of video or photo instructions...


Video Instructions for Money Origami Dress

Click the image below to play the video. If it keeps stopping and starting it might be because you have a slow internet connection - try pausing the video and come back in a few minutes, or skip to the photo instructions below instead.


Photo Instructions for Money Origami Dress

Materials: 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.

Step 1

Fold the bill in half by folding the top edge down to the bottom edge.

money origami dress step 1


Step 2

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.

money origami dress step 2


Step 3

Turn over the bill. Then fold the bill in half lengthways and unfold again, just to make a crease going to down the center.

money origami dress step 3


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.)

money origami dress step 3b


Your bill should look something like this.

money origami dress step 3c


Step 4

Unfold the fold you just did on the right in step 3. Then fold in along the line shown here.

money origami dress step 4


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.

money origami dress step 4b


Repeat the fold on the left side. Well done - you've now made the bottom half of the dress :-)


Step 5

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.

money origami dress step 5


Step 6

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.

money origami dress step 6


Step 7

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.

money origami dress step 7


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.

money origami dress step 7b


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.

money origami dress step 7c


Your bill should now look something like this.

money origami dress step 7d


Step 8

Turn over the bill. Fold back the top edge slightly to give the dress a gentle v-neck.

money origami dress step 8


Here's a close-up. You can't fold the top edge completely back, only a little bit, but that's enough.

money origami dress step 8b


Finished!

Here's the finished money origami dress.

money origami dress finished blank paper


And here it is again, this time made with a dollar bill:

money origami dress finished green bill


How did your money origami dress turn out? I hope you found my instructions clear. If you have any questions or comments, or just want to say hi, then please contact me with this handy form.


Your photos

Ieva from Latvia writes:

"Thank you for your instructions! I made the dress + origami shirt and tie because I wanted a creative way to give money to my best friend at her wedding. My friend really liked the present - she gave me the diploma for the most original present!"

money origami dress wedding present

Thanks for sending in your photo Ieva!


Alternative Money Origami Dress Designs

Here are some other money origami dress designs you might like to try. Clicking on the links below will open in a new window and take you to external sites.

money origami dress other designs Left: money origami mini dress design by Christine Edison
Right: money origami collared dress design by Christine Edison

Thank you to readers Sue and Thomas who sent in these photos!


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Happy Gifting!



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