A few days ago I was browsing the #origami section on IG and came across a very interesting origami account. One model, in particular, caught my eye, the Origami Crane Pouch. This absolutely beautiful model is designed by Michi Komori 小森美智, a Japanese origami artist. You can find more of her origami foldings on her IG account @emamay_gm.
The YouTube video tutorial was made with permission of the author, Michi Komori. Thank you again, Michiさん、for making it possible for me to teach your design.
What makes this design so special?
When I contacted Michiさん regarding the Crane Pouch model she was incredibly kind and recorded a Live IG video to show me how to fold this origami envelope. What I like most about this design is the 3d appearance of the crane, with the wings sticking out from several sides and the neck and head extending forward out of the regular plain 2d layer. If you want, you could fold the neck and head down, which might be useful when you want to press it underneath some heavy books to get the model as flat as possible.
The Origami Crane Pouch is a one sheet origami model and is folded from a regular square piece of paper. You can use most origami papers such as Kami. Only one side of the paper shows. Start with bigger size paper such as 20 cm long one, as several layers meet in the end to form the neck. It is easier to shape the head if the paper is slightly bigger.
I diagrammed the crease pattern so you can follow along. One version shows the creases that need to be added after the initial pre-creasing. (green lines) The other one shows all the mountain- and valley folds that need to be present in order for the model to collapse. (red & blue version)
I hope you enjoyed this model as much as I did. If you want to see another crane envelope I folded a while back, then check out the origami crane tato from Tomoko Fuse.