Monday, July 7, 2008
I sure wowed my kids with my knowledge of folding a dollar bill into the shape of a shirt! I actually just copied the tutorial from here, but they are still impressed with me. It was so easy to do and took a matter of minutes (and that was only because I had to take a picture after each fold, hehe).
What you do:
1. Start by folding the bill precisely in half lengthwise. Unfold the bill, leaving the crease produced by the fold for the next step.
2. Fold the bill one quarter of the way in from each side lengthwise. The edge of the bill should just meet the crease made by the fold in the previous step. Do this for both sides as shown.
3. Turn the bill over. Fold the white of one end over as shown. This will become the collar in the next step. (If the bill is printed unevenly, use the wider edge.)
4. Turn the bill over again. From this side, angle-in the two corners from the end you folded in the last step. The two points should meet at the center line. The angle is not really important, but should be about the same as shown in the photo.
5. Fold a little less than one third of the bill lengthwise from the opposite end as shown. If you're following in the same orientation as the photos, use the markings on the bill for a fold point. (Notice that the edge of the bill just meets the word "OF" on the reverse printing.) If you fold too little, the shirt will appear too long in the end. If you fold too much, the next step will not work. See below.
6. Now you will fold inward in the same direction, tucking the previous fold under the "collar" created in step 4 . So far it looks somewhat like a shirt, but it's not done yet! Now the tricky part....
7. Gently unfold the previous two folds, keeping the creases. On the lateral fold furthest from the collar, refold it strait across as shown.
8. Here is the tricky part. You are going to introduce two new folds on each "sleeve". Do this by holding each side of the previous fold between thumb and forefinger in the orientation shown, just on either side of the vertical fold as shown. Just force the angle to close slightly, and force the extra paper inside the vertical folds. Once you've got it looking right, force the insides to crease by pressing on a hard surface. Basically, you can "see" the sleeve, but you need to hold it there while shoving the rest of the dollar back in.
Here is a close up:
9. Repeat on the other "sleeve".
10. Now fold up and re-tuck the fold you've been working on back under the collar. And you're done!