DIY Tutorial: Origami Namecard Holder

OOH - Origami Namecard Holder Tutorial

For this super simple tutorial we’ll be making an origami card holder that requires minimal materials and time! I used double sided printed scrapbooking paper for this one but feel free to use any wrapping paper, card or coloured paper.

It’s perfect for a quick trip out when you just need some cash and cards; or perhaps just cause you need that extra card space because your wallet is packed and exploding (like mine, whoops!).

OOH - Origami Namecard Holder Materials

What you need:-

  • Paper measuring 9×9″ (A good way to find out what size your square should be is to measure the width of your largest card and multiply that by 4)
  • Bone folder/ruler/card (optional)

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Step 1. With the right side facing down, fold the paper into half vertically.

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Step 2. Fold the halves into halves. You should now have 3 lines down vertically.

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Step 3. Using the quarter lines as a guide, fold all 4 corners inwards.

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Step 4. Fold inwards at the quarter line. It should look something like this.

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Step 5. Flip the whole paper around and fold downwards towards the middle mark. At this point it might be a good idea to use the bone folder to help flatten it at the folds.

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Step 6. Repeat to the bottom, folding upwards this time. The bottom fold should overlap the top fold (you’ll see why in the next step).

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Step 7. Taking the bottom piece, gently tuck it into the top piece and flatten.

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Step 8. Afterwhich, rotate the holder 90 degrees and fold at the fold line (already created earlier!).

OOH - Origami Namecard Holder with Cards

Step 9. Your card holder is complete! Insert your cards on both sides and it’s all ready to go!

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OOH - Origami Namecard Holder Final

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Have fun making your new namecard holders! If you’re on instagram, do follow us at @operationoverhaul and do hashtag #oohsg to share your photos if you’ve attempted any one of our diy projects! :)

 

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DIY Tutorial: Fabric Buntings

OOH - Fabric Buntings Tutorial

It’s crazy how time flies! We did our first Public Garden market a year ago in August 2013 and we’re back a year later. We came up with the idea of fabric buntings while looking for ways to decorate our booth. While we got carried away crafting our geometric wooden necklaces to sell, you’ll be sure to see these buntings as part of our display when we’re back at Public Garden at the National Museum of Singapore from 27-28 September 2014.

We figured these would also look great at parties, weddings and baby showers! Or perhaps as a simple photobooth backdrop? The possibilities are quite endless.

OOH - Fabric Buntings Tutorial Materials

Here’s what you need:

  • Printed fabric(s) of your choice
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fabric zigzag scissors
  • Ribbon or cotton laces (~1.5m or to preferred length)
  • Triangle template printed on hard card
  • Sewing supplies (not pictured)

OOH - Fabric Buntings Template1. To begin, create a template triangle piece measuring 4″ x 5″. You can also choose to save the guide above and print it (borderless) on an A4 piece of thick paper. This template would help to make the triangle drawing process much faster.

OOH - Fabric Buntings Tutorial Draw Triangles

2. Fold your fabric into half and line the flat of the triangle with the fold. Proceed to use tailors chalk to trace the triangle template onto the fabric. Repeat about 3 times with each fabric and proceed to sew along the line you just traced.

OOH - Fabric Buntings Cutting3. Using the zigzag fabric scissors, trim away the excess cloth by cutting along the triangle you just stitched. Be careful not to cut the threads!

OOH - Fabric Buntings Stitching

4. Using either the zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine or just by hand stitching, align the cotton ribbon to the top of each triangle and sew across. I left about 8 inches from both ends of the ribbon and an inch between each triangle.

OOH - Fabric Buntings Sew On

5. Another look at both sides. The cotton ribbon shows on one side and is hidden on the other! I like both looks. (Don’t worry about the tailors chalk, that’s removable with a damp cloth)

OOH - Fabric Buntings Final Product6. Ta-da! Hang up and feel merry!

OOH - Fabric Buntings Completed

Also managed to get one of Ziggy with it here! He’s usually a super hyperactive Cavalier King Charles Spaniel so this is a rare shot!

Can’t wait to use the buntings at all our future fleas! We will be at Public Garden this weekend from 1-7pm so hopefully we’ll see you there!

Public Garden Graphic Banner 27 - 28 Sep 2014

 

 

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DIY Tutorial: Geometric Beads Necklace

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Recently, I strung a couple of geometric shaped wooden beads to create an easy-to-wear everyday necklace. With some extra beads on hand, I thought, why not make a graphic patterned one too? Here are some process shots!

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Materials:

  • Wooden Beads
  • Natural Leather Cord
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Tape
  • Acrylic Seal (optional)

These are really fun and easy to make. The patterns are all up to you! You could use the tape to create cleaner lines, or simply paint on polka dots/stripes/brush strokes/etc. After leaving them to dry, I coated them with acrylic seal spray just to prevent the paint from coming off easily. Lastly, thread them through a leather cord and tie a sliding knot to finish off. Trim the ends with a pair of scissors, and you’re done! You can also use chains or nylon cords. These natural leather cords are really soft and great for accessories. I will be doing a leather bracelet tutorial using the same leather cords soon.

You could opt for a minimal look or go crazy on a funky patterned one with this necklace. Have fun with it!

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DIY Tutorial: Speckled Pom Pom Clutch

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Whoopeedoodles! We sure are relieved to be back after our technical hiccup. A couple of weeks back, I got my hands on some really nice yarn, including the Jersey be Good yarn in black from Wool and The Gang thanks to a friend. I was fiddling with the thought of crocheting a clutch for myself, so that came at just about the right time.

Over here, I’ve crochet black and cream yarn together for a duo colour effect, while using the neon pink yarn for contrast. With the pattern below, you can easily adjust the width and height of the clutch by simply increasing or decreasing stitches. The basic stitches to master are Single Crochet and Double Crochet. If you are new to this, YouTube has many video tutorials that explain the different stitches very clearly. Read on to learn how to make this adorable pom pom clutch in your favourite colours!

Speckled Pom Pom Clutch Pattern 
Row 1: Using your main colour, chain 21. Double crochet(DC) into 2nd chain from hook. Continue for rest of the row.
R2-12: *Ch 1. DC in next stitch and down the row.* Turn.
R13: Ch 1. DC in next stitch and down the row. Finish off. Fold the main section half lengthwise and sew the sides together. Your clutch will begin to take shape now.
R14-16: Using your contrasting colour, *single crochet(SC) around the top of the clutch. Join in the top of the first sc. (40 st)* Repeat for another two rounds. Finish off.

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Sew on the zipper from the inside of the clutch.

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You can add embellishments like tassels and pom poms to your clutch like how I have done here. For those who are interested in making this into a sling bag, you can simply sew on D-rings on either side of clutch and attach a strap of your liking. The best of this is how it is all highly customisable to each person. You can make a minimalistic monotone clutch or go wild on embellishments. Do share with us what you’ve made by adding the #oohsg hashtag on your Instagram posts!

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On a side note, we will be holding an open studio this Sunday, 6 July at That Spare Room, located right next to Fabulous Baker Boy. Come on down to take part in the Pom Pom Workshop at 1pm, enjoy some treats and shop for handmade accessories! Drop us an email at hello@operationoverhaul.com to register for the workshop.

That Spare Room
70 River Valley Road
Directly opposite Liang Court main entrance
 
 
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