Saturday, June 29, 2019

Island Batik Try it! - Fabric Origami

The June challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors is "Try It!"  This month we were to try a technique that was new to us using Island Batik Fabrics. So I tried Fabric Folding.

  At first I wasn't sure what technique to use, I have tried a lot already in all my years of quilting.  Hmm... That may be the reason why I have so many UFOs.

Then I remembered I remembered the book Fantastic Fabric Folding that has been sitting on the shelf for a couple years.  I had never tried any of the projects in it, only admired them, but not anymore!  This month I folded my first origami flower and I must say it was a super fun technique.

I used fabrics from the stash builders provided to me by Island Batik and some left over scraps from other Island Batik projects.  The stash builders are perfect for cutting 5 inch squares, which are smaller than the instructions called for in the book, but the folding technique is the same, so I just ended up with smaller flowers.

I made four flower sections with the intention of making the mini quilt in the book, but halfway through I decided I wanted  something functional that could stay out all the time instead of being swapped out with the seasons.  I opted for this fabric box and put the flower on all four sides.

I started out using the Fabric Keepsake Box tutorial from, but altered the measurements to  make it the perfect size to fit some of my favorite one and two yard Island Batik cuts and left off the box top.

The tutorial called for cardboard cut outs for the inserts, but I wanted something a little more durable, so I broke out my old 26 x 36 cutting mat and cut my inserts from that.  Now if it ever gets wet for some reason the inserts will be fine.

It is the perfect width to set at the end of the cutting table and show off those yummy fabrics.

My handsome helpers.



  1. That was a fun book, and the batik fabrics are perfect for the technique because they hold a crease so well!

  2. I love it. I actually have this book, and I made the same flowers but into a quilt like the one in the book. Took me forever but I got it done. Love yours

  3. Wonderful project! I always loved those fold flowers from that book and the basket is just perfect.

  4. Wow! What a great idea! Your box for housing fabric beauties is brilliant and the origami flowers are the icing on the cake! Love it!

  5. Your fabric box is adorable, Leah. What a great project and love that you cut the old cutting mat for the insert. Brilliant idea. Love those flowers too.

  6. What an awesome technique. And I love the box you made. Well done.