The squash fold is often used to prepare for a petal fold. The example shown here is part of making the iris.
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|First, we precrease the fold. Valley fold the edge of the flap to the centerline,|
|Now, reach in between the layers of the flap.|
|Following the precreases, "squash" the flap open. Both creases need to become mountain folds; fortunately, one already is a mountain fold.|
|If the other crease needs help to change from a valley fold to a mountain fold, reach in and resolve the crease.|
|Finally, "squash" the flap flat to resolve the creases. Check that the point is sharp and accurate.|
|The finished squash fold.|
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Last updated July 23, 1999.