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Tutorial // Turkish Map Fold

June 8, 2020 by Erin Fletcher

In this video for North Bennet Street School, I show my co-host Colin Urbina how to fold a square sheet of paper using the Turkish Map Fold technique. Even though this video is geared towards kids, this technique is great for any age group. You can find more online content created for NBSS here.

If you are looking for even more instructional content, I have a growing list of tutorials and I also teach live workshops in-person and online. Check out my list of Upcoming Workshops.

– 1 square piece of paper (any size)
– Coloring and decorating supplies (markers, colored pencils, or crayons)

Unfortunately, I don’t know the origins of this folding technique. But you can find examples of this fold being used in booklets with maps and many artists use this technique in their artist books. See examples below:

Cartography I | Louisa Boyd

American Breeding Standards | Ellen Knudson

  1. Melinda says:

    That was great! You two are fantastic teachers. Thanks for sharing the Turkish Fold Map.

  2. Vicki Bradley says:

    This is great. Easy to follow instructions. You two inspire me. Fond memories of our time at Penland with Rebecca, Erin. Namaste

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