What is a Valley Fold?

The Basic Idea:

Valley fold summary

The valley fold is shown by a dashed line.
Sometimes there is an arrow showing the folding direction.
Fold part of the paper towards you, and crease along the dashed line.

Try to make the edges (or other reference points) line up exactly
(except if the diagrams tell you to leave a gap).

The valley fold gets its name because if you unfold,
the crease will look like a river bottom.

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A traditional fold. Diagrammed by Jasper in 1999.
Copyright 1995-99 by Jasper (aka John Paulsen). Your comments are welcomed.
Last updated July 23, 1999.