The Art of the Fold: The Accordion, part 1

Last week I mentioned that I was contacted by Laurence King Publishing, the folks putting out Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol‘s new book, The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures. I was asked if I would help spread the word about the book – no brainer.

So, just like the story of Julie and Julia (but with books and not recipes), I’ve been working my way through Hedi’s book, one structure per day. My last book will be completed on October 2nd, the release date for Hedi’s book. 

I’ve been posting my structure of the day on Instagram, so be sure to follow me there. If you’re not into Instagram, no worries – I’m also writing roundup posts on my blog on a biweekly-ish basis. But just in case you’re curious about Instagram, click on the name of each structure below and you’ll be taken to its related post over there.

Here begins the first post in the series, focusing on half of the structures included in chapter one, The Accordion. For those of you who are new to accordion books, although these are cool, they are not the ones I’m talking about: No, no, and no.

The first three projects focus on teaching you the basics of folding accordions, so get your fingers warmed up!

1. Folding an Accordion 2-4-8
This one’s just like the name says – fold a strip of paper into two sections, fold those two in half (4 sections), and then fold those four in half (8 sections). If you want to go further, you can fold the eight sections in half to make a total of 16, as shown in the image below. Making a cover wasn’t part of the project, but I did it anyway.

2-4-8 Accordion Book

2. Folding an Accordion 3-6-12
This one’s is also like the name says – fold a strip of paper into three sections, fold those three in half (6 sections), and then fold those six in half (12 sections). Like the previous book, a cover wasn’t mandatory, but I added one.

3-6-12 Accordion Book

3. Folding an Accordion with Extensions
This project explains how you can create an accordion with two additional flaps at both ends. The flaps can be used to join accordions together or to attach covers.

Folded accordion with extensions

4. Simple Accordion
This is the first “real” project. This is when you get to make an accordion with five joined sections. Be sure to be oh-so-careful with your alignment – wonkiness can worsen with each additional accordion. Say that five times fast – “Additional accordion worsens wonkiness.”

Accordion book

5. Pocket Accordion with Separate Cover
This project has you adding the cover after creating the accordion. I super love the pockets. Unfortunately, I didn’t cut the cover tab long enough and it doesn’t want to stay in the cover slot. Bad closure!

Pocket accordion book with separate cover

6. Pocket Accordion Variation – Full Sheet
Here’s another book with super awesome pockets (unlike some women’s pants I know). You can also cram stuff into the inside cover pockets. Let the cramming begin!

Full sheet pocket accordion book

I hope you’ve enjoyed this preview of the first six structures in the Accordion chapter of The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures.

There are five more structures in this chapter, so stay tuned for my next post!

4 Responses to “The Art of the Fold: The Accordion, part 1”

By Penne - 12 September 2018 Reply

terrific, cannot wait to see even more!

By Elissa - 12 September 2018 Reply

Penne –

I’m bringing all of the models to tonight’s meeting, so you can see them in person!


By Janet Hickey - 13 September 2018 Reply

Elissa, I can’t think of another person I’d enjoy more, reviewing this book. I’m anxiously waiting my copy.

By Elissa - 17 September 2018 Reply

Janet –

Thanks! You’re gonna loooovvveee it!


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