completed iris folding pattern

How to Creatively Design your Own Delightful Iris Folding Patterns

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Have you ever seen fabulous iris folding pictures and wanted to make your own? If you want to know how to do iris folding then look at my iris folding tutorial here. Perhaps you have produced your own using online patterns but wanted to create your own iris folding patterns. Then this tutorial will show you exactly how to make your own patterns and you will be surprised how easy it is once you get going.

In this tutorial I will show you how to make a square iris folding pattern but you can repeat the process with any shape you like. If you like watching a craft then scroll down to the video instructions at the end of the tutorial.

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Create your First Iris Layer

Once you have your shape, in this case a square, you need to decide how wide to make your iris triangles at their widest point. The decision you make is how far to measure along the side of the shape. In this example I have used 1 inch and it makes a great pattern. If you use a smaller measurement you will get a more detailed iris pattern with more layers.

In turn, measure your chosen distance from each corner of the shape along the side and mark it as shown.

Four marks made on square

Using your ruler, join these marks to form a square that is smaller than the original. Obviously the new shape should be the same as your original shape but smaller. Label your triangles in increasing number order in a clockwise direction. This is the order in which you will add your layers when using it.

first iris layer labelled

Create your Remaining Layers

You are now going to repeat that process until you are happy with the number of layers you have made.

Take your pen and ruler and measure your 1 inch along each side of the inner square and mark them. Then join them together forming another square inside the others. Label your new triangle layers continuing your number sequence.

2 iris layers completed

Repeat this process until you are happy with size of the square (or your shape) in the centre of the design. This may depend on what you want to place in the iris. If you want a photo in there then leave a larger iris than if you are just leaving a plain colour in there.

Once you have completed your layers label the centre as the iris. Check that you have labelled all your triangles in number order to help you use your pattern.

Well done, you have now completed your first iris folding pattern. I am sure it will be the first of many! If you want to download the three patterns I have made for a square, circle and triangle then sign up below to gain access to my Resource library now.

Video Tutorial

Keep Creating

Here are the designs that I have done using these patterns that I have made. Just to give you some ideas and inspiration.

If you want some guidance on completing your iris folding pictures then take a look at the full tutorial here.

If you would like some more creative ideas with paper then check out:

Paper Flower Tutorials that I have tested

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Enjoy creating your iris folding patterns and let me know how you get on in the comments section below. If you find it useful you can also use this Infographic as a handy reminder.

Make Iris Folding Patterns infographic

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  1. I love this. I am going to try it with all of the coloured pieces of paper I have laying around and am not sure what to do with them. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I haven’t done it but I suspect that you choose the shape of your iris (eg square or a triangle) and then maybe work out from it. Otherwise it will be tricky to get it in the centre of the shape. Perhaps I should have a go!

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