Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Six and An Hexagonal Letter Fold

Today’s letter fold turns a sheet of letter paper into a hexagon. I started with an 8.5 x 11″ 24# sheet. Fold the paper in half lengthwise, then open it out and turn it over so that the fold down the middle is a mountain fold. (It sticks up towards you.) Fold each side in to the centre crease, then open again. Your paper should look like this.

Fold the left side back to the middle, then make the angled fold you learned yesterday. This time you want to make the fold so that the lower left corner touches the left folded-in edge and the lower tip of the fold starts at the bottom of the right hand crease. (See below.)

In the picture above you can see that the angled edge is divided in two by a crease. Fold the right hand section (as indicated by the pink pointy finger) to the left and up. (See below.)

The pink pointy finger in this image indicates the new position of the section. The edge of the fold should match the vertical line of the middle (mountain) crease. Next, the lower right corner (yellow pointy finger) needs to be folded in to the middle (mountain) crease. The new position of that corner is shown in the next image.

Note that in the image above there are three visible folds at the bottom of the paper. The next fold brings the right side (folded) edge of the paper down and to the left so that the edge butts against the bottom left fold. After you make the fold your paper should look like the image below.

The picture above shows that you now have a section of paper on top with a crease down the middle. Fold along that crease: bring the top corner of the flap (indicated by the yellow pointy finger) over and down to match the lower corner of the flap.

Almost there. You need to fold the bottom corner of the flap (yellow pointy finger) to the right and down. The new fold should match the vertical edge below it and the upper edge of the newly folded section should butt against the upper left angled fold.

I hope the picture made everything clear! The next —and final— step is to tuck the end of the top flap into the pocket below it.

You can see that with the 8.5 x 11″ paper, the end doesn’t quite make it to the centre. If you are using A4 paper, this will not be a problem. If you only have 8.5 x 11″ paper, I suggest trimming it to 8″ wide before you start, as I did with the pink paper shown below.

Again, this fold could be used as wrapping for something flat, or as a letter fold.

For those of you who make hand made cards, tomorrow’s post will show how to make a simple folded envelope.

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About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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