Money Origami Shirt and Tie Instructions
Fold a Money Origami Shirt and Tie with my easy step-by-step instructions. A money shirt makes a cute way to give a cash gift or leave a tip :-)
The combined shirt and necktie is folded from a single bill. Here's one I folded from a $20 bill:
The original inventor of the design is Stefan Delecat .
It's easiest to use United States money for making this shirt. USA bills are 6.14 by 2.61 inches, which is quite long and slim compared to money from some other countries. If you want to use money from other countries , you might need to fold in the edges first to make the note skinnier. One of our readers explains...
"I'm in the UK and regularly make this model with all of our Bank Notes! The trick is to fold about 5mm of the long edges in, thus making it about the same proportions as the USA Dollar Bill. The extra thickness doesn't matter as it ends up in the middle of the model. I carry an "Emergency" £20 ready folded, just to show off!"
~ Kriss :-)
The money origami shirt and tie on this page is a little tricker to make than the shirt without a tie.
You can also fold an origami shirt and tie out of regular paper - just start with a sheet of paper that's 2.35 times as long as it is wide. I've seen people make some really neat homemade Father's Day cards with a folded paper shirt on the front. And we've got lots of great father's day quotes, messages, and poems to help you write a great card to your Dad.
The origami shirt and tie makes a neat gift:
Origami shirt birthday gift
"I made the shirt and tie from a $50 for my 16 year old nephew's birthday; I made the paper box and put the "shirt" inside. He kept asking during his party what I got him, I told him a shirt and tie. All his friends wanted to know how I got it in the tiny box. I told them to wait and see. They kept saying, it's not a shirt, I said yes, it's a green shirt and a tie.
Needless to say, everyone was amazed that there was, in fact, a green shirt and tie in the box.
And I was more amazed that my nephew thought it was cool and did not immediately undo the shirt and put it in his wallet. Thanks for the website!"
Money Origami Shirt and Tie Instructions
For instructions on how to fold the shirt and tie, please download the:
from Stefan Delecat's website.
How did your money origami shirt and tie turn out? I hope you found my instructions clear. If you have any comments or suggestions or just want to say hi, please contact me with this handy form .
Variation: Money Origami Suit
Reader Mike says...
"I just wanted to share my dollar bill suit that started with your money origami shirt and tie piece. I used three bills total to complete. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!" ~ Mike
Mike also sent in a couple of extra photos showing how he made the trousers and belt:
Left: To make trousers, fold a bill in half lengthwise twice to make a skinny rectangle, then folder in half to make two legs.
Right: Make belt folding a bill into a really skinny rectangle. Then use the belt to "tie" the trousers and shirt together. This photo shows the "knot" at the back.
Thanks for sending in your photo Mike!
Variation: Origami suit with guitar and Abe Lincoln head
Another awesome contribution from Mike...
"I sent you an email a while back with my creation of pants and belt to go with the shirt and tie. I found a site to make a guitar and another to make Lincoln in a hat. Put it all together, added some simple arms and got something quite unique and adored by all my friends. Figured I'd share."
And here's one from reader Alicia:
Thanks for the awesome tutorial! I found the guitar somewhere and then made up the rest!
Variation: Origami Suit and Dress
Reader Sue says...
"Thanks for the origami shirt and tie instructions! Much nicer than the plain shirt. I've been giving wedding gifts of a money origami wedding dress, shirt and pants (3 bills) lately and this "classed" it up! I found the dress instructions on this blog , and altered the dress slightly to make it longer like a gown. " ~ Sue
Thanks for sending in your photo Sue - what a great idea for a wedding present!
Reader Thomas says...
"My wife has been telling me she wants to buy new clothes and update her wardrobe. I didn't want to just give her lame cash, and heaven knows I can't pick out anything she'll actually wear, so your how-to on the money origami shirt and tie was perfect! I also looked around a bit and made a dress - who knew I could hand-make a couple of outfits my wife is guaranteed to like?!" ~ Thomas
Card says: "We've had our finest elves working extra hours on some outfits for you. We hope you like them! -Santa and Mrs Claus"
"...I also got so inspired I made an origami shirt and tie for a coworker as a thank-you for a special project he did for me." ~ Thomas
Card says: "We got you this shirt. If it doesn't fit, you can always exchange it."
Thanks for sending in your photos Thomas!
After seeing these photos from Sue and Thomas, we were inspired to have a go at making an origami dress, and came up with this alternative design:
Click for money origami dress instructions
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