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Furoshiki for the Holidays

Dec 16, 2009

by furochic

This holiday season, once the gifts under the tree have been ravaged and unearthed, avoid dragging that garbage bag of crumpled wrapping paper and wilted bows down the driveway. Designer and illustrator Jenn Playford offers an environmentally-friendly and irresistibly pretty alternative.

Jenn’s interests in colors, graphics, and textile, led her to the traditional Japanese wrapping cloth of furoshiki, and eventually, her own line of reusable fabric gift wrap, called Furochic™. Here on The Storque, Jenn shares some techniques and inspiration from her book, Wrapagami, the Art of Fabric Gift Wrap, along with a fascinating history of this resurrected craft.

I love fabric. Walking into a store where the shelves are filled with beautiful fabrics makes my heart race with anticipation, and the gorgeous colors, textures, and patterns are always invigorating and inspiring. I have always enjoyed making things using my vast collection of fabric, ribbon, yarn, trinkets, gems, and odds and ends — and, especially, using these embellishments to decorate gifts. For years, pages from fashion magazines were my gift wrap of choice, as I felt that wrapping paper was wasteful. Eventually, my love for textiles and concerns about the environment prompted me to try wrapping gifts with fabric remnants from my collection.

An interest in Japanese art and design, especially textiles, led me to furoshiki, a cloth wrap used in Japan since the seventeenth century to wrap and carry items.

History of Furoshiki

Nara Period (Eighth Century): Starting in the eight century, a square piece of fabric called hokei-fuhaku was used to wrap special items of value, including clothing for Buddhist priests and elaborate minstrel costumes. The wrapping was called tsutsumi, and its main purpose was to protect and carry garments.

Edo Period (1603-1868): As bathhouses increased in popularity, the square wrap became known as furoshiki: furo meaning “bath” and shiki meaning “to spread.” Furoshiki were used to carry toiletries and clothing to the bathhouses and were also placed on the floor to act as bathmats. During this period, wealthy families commissioned bridal furoshiki of different sizes, decroated with their family crests and symbols of good luck.

1800s: When cotton was introduced from overseas, furoshiki began to be produced on a larger scale. At the same time, people of Japan were traveling more for pleasure, often selling goods along the way. Furoshiki were used for not only transporting the travelers’ belongings but also their goods for sale.

1900s: At the turn of the twentieth century, the advances in textile production — mainly automated looms from overseas — made furoshiki even more accessible to the public. Furoshiki became mass-produced, and the tradition of using cloth to wrap gifts was established. Gifts wrapped with furoshiki would often be presented in person; the person giving the gift would unwrap and reveal the gift, and then keep the cloth to take home. The bridal furoshiki also became commonplace, and the bride used the large cloths for wrapping her belongings and the small cloths for wrapping gifts.

Post-World War II: After World War II, the Japanese became more highly influenced by American culture, resulting in the decline of furoshiki. The invention of the paper bag, followed by the plastic bag and the emergence of supermarkets across Japan in the 1970s, contirbuted to the disappearance of furoshiki. Plastic boxes and bags replaced furoshiki as a means of storage and for carrying goods. By the 1980s, the custom of using furoshiki to wrap gifts had declined almost to obscurity.

1990s – Present: When Japan’s economic boom ended in the early 1990s, people began to reflect upon the disadvantages and waste in a disposable society. In 2006, Japan’s then Minister of the Environment, Ms. Yuriko Koike, launched a campaign to encourage the use of furoshiki, instead of paper and plastic, and bring back the cultural tradition of wrapping and carryin gitems in fabric. She designed a furoshiki called the “Mottainai Furoshiki,” mottainai, translating to “waste not, want not.” The result has been a renewed and widespread interest in the tradition of tsutsumi and a flowering of creativity associated with it. Furoshiki are beginning to be seen outside of Japan as people worldwide embrace greener lifestyles and adapt different cultural solutions to their own ways of living.

The 4-Tie Box Wrap is simple yet elegant. This wrap can hold almost any square box securely, and it works equally well for small or large and light or heavy packages. You can even carry the box from the top, holding it under the knots as a handle. The knots on top of the box give the illusion of a fancy bow.

What You Need
1 square wrap. The size should be large enough to have 5″ (12.5cm) left after tying the knots. A 28″ x 28″ (71 x 71cm) wrap works well for a 6″ x 6″ x 4″ (15 x 15 x 10cm) box.

Fabric Notes
Almost any fabric will work, but if your box is heavy, it is best to avoid stretch fabric. Stay away from fabrics that are too thick, or the double knots will be bulky.

Tips + Variations
This wrap works well with a scarf that has a 5″ (12.5cm) border. The wrap to the right has a solid color border, which looks like a separate element sitting on top of the box — a big, complementary bow.

Tuck a note, card, or photo beneath the first (lower) bow for a surprise when the recipient opens the gift.

How to Do It
1. Lay wrap flat on a diagonal and place box in the center.

2. Pull up “b” and “d” and center above the box while arranging gathers evenly. Tie a square knot.

3. Adjust corners of first knot. Turn box and pull “a” and “c” up, arranging gathers evenly. Tie a square knot above the first knot.

4. Adjust bow corners so that there is one flap in each of the four directions.

The Over-the-Shoulder Wrap is simple yet functional. Three knots (two hidden) hold it in place and leave room for the bag to slide over a shoulder. Inside, there is ample room for items of varying sizes. It’s a great way to wrap a gift for the crafty person on your list — fill it with yarns and other knitting and crochet supplies. This wrap can be easily reused because it holds its shape even after the gift is “unwrapped.”

What You Need
1 square wrap. The wrap has to be at least 36″ x 36″ (91.5 x 91.5cm) to sit over the shoulder; otherwise, it will be more of a handbag.

Fabric Notes
A strong, durable fabric such as a thick cotton or denim is best. If the fabric is too flimsy, it won’t hold its shape and may tear when carrying heavier items. Try a thick embroidered Chinese silk for a more formal look.

How to Do It

1. Lay wrap flat on a diagonal and fold “c” up toward “a” to form a triangle.


2. Gather corner “d” and measure approximately 1/2 the length of the side of the triangle. Tie into a single knot. Repeat the same for “b.”




3. Flip the wrap inside out so that the two knots are sitting inside of the bag. Hold “a and “c” up.




4. Tie “a” and “c” into a square knot. Adjust fabric and gathers and place your gift inside the bag.




Thanks to Jenn Playford and the good folks at St. Martin’s Griffin for sharing these projects with us. If you’re looking for more reusable wrapping inspiration, check out Wrapagami and Jenn’s Furochic website.


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  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 10 years ago

    Wow!! So beautiful!! Thanks for the very useful tutorials.

  • norajane

    norajane said 10 years ago


  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 10 years ago


  • justlikeyouimagined

    justlikeyouimagined said 10 years ago

    Such a great and eco friendly idea, i'll be using fabric gift wrap from now on, thanks for the great article etsy!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 10 years ago

    Hooray for non-disposeable gift-wrap! There's such a wealth of pretty fabrics out there that it would be just as easy to find some to suit everyone than it would be to find wrapping paper. And I just LOVE the over-the-shoulder wrap... just the thing for taking essentials to the beach wrapped up in my towel!

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 10 years ago

    what a fabulous idea! would be lovely to use a vintage scarf to wrap your presents:)

  • emmybo

    emmybo said 10 years ago

    These are so gorgeous! Thank-you for a wonderful idea. :-)

  • hazelmehoo

    hazelmehoo said 10 years ago

    Love! I was thinking the same thing poppywickedgarden!

  • momochas

    momochas said 10 years ago

    This is a great idea!, I love it!

  • allthingswhite

    allthingswhite said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful way to put a dent in my fabric stash !

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 10 years ago

    Thank you for the great direction and idea to help save the forests.

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 10 years ago

    Wow! I've wrapped gifts using Furoshiki before and didn't even know it! How cool! I feel the same way about fabric stores, I love them! Very interesting article. Thanks :)

  • bbrunophotography

    bbrunophotography said 10 years ago

    So very pretty! I've used fabric for years when wrapping certain types of gifts, but mine never looked like yours. I love the pretty tie at the top. Thanks for giving me a great idea.

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 10 years ago

    green, beautiful & fun! thanks for the tip!

  • BetaBoutique

    BetaBoutique said 10 years ago

    Thank you very much for sharing this! I will wrap some of my Christmas gifts in vintage scarfs now

  • ButtonButtercup

    ButtonButtercup said 10 years ago

    So happy to see so many eco-friendly wraps on here!

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 10 years ago

    This is a great idea... and it looks so pretty too.

  • skyinheaven

    skyinheaven said 10 years ago

    Japanese culture has been influenced by Korean culture, and the Korean pojagi is its original. That being said, these are beautiful examples of how to use leftover fabrics! I love patchwork!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 10 years ago

    What a great and green way to wrap!

  • hypothesis

    hypothesis said 10 years ago

    We are so pleased to see this eco-friendly alternative to wrapping paper! Kudos to etsy for featuring it.

  • urbanknitfits

    urbanknitfits said 10 years ago

    I LOVE this idea! I just received a gift in Fabric and it was so fun. I'm going to save it and use it in my sewing projects!

  • ThePaperTray

    ThePaperTray said 10 years ago

    Such a great idea!

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 10 years ago

    I'm going to try doing this!

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 10 years ago

    I love this idea, love love love, so original!

  • FelixandJayne

    FelixandJayne said 10 years ago

    what a gorgeous way to wrap a present!

  • brandyfisher

    brandyfisher said 10 years ago

    love this!

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 10 years ago

    I love it ~ pretty and practical ~ I adore wrapping but feel bad about the waste, so this is a gorgeous alternative. Thanks so much, Jenn!

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 10 years ago

    I'm going to try the over shoulder wrap.

  • maechevrette

    maechevrette said 10 years ago

    This is really great-- I've tried to upcycle old newspapers and Sunday comics into gift wrap in order to feel a little better about all the waste that goes into gift-giving, but I've never thought of using fabric! Another awesome thing about this technique is that you could actually make a gift out of the wrapping by using a new shawl or scarf that would be worn later! Love it, thanks etsy! :)

  • mykonos

    mykonos said 10 years ago

    wow, practice now!!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 10 years ago

    We've been wrapping gifts for family in vintage fabrics for many, many years but I had no idea that this ancient concept had such a long & rich Japanese history. Beautiful & useful. Thank you, Jenn!

  • IndieCreations

    IndieCreations said 10 years ago

    Great article... enjoyed reading about the history and evolution of this art!

  • outofline

    outofline said 10 years ago

    I love this, great ideas!

  • seragun

    seragun said 10 years ago

    Thank you, great idea

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 10 years ago

    Great idea! I love interesting fabrics,graphic designs and no sewing involved-that's a beautiful thing!

  • warpedLaurie

    warpedLaurie said 10 years ago

    I forgot about this, thanks for sharing.

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 10 years ago

    I love this! I have tons for fabric just waiting to be the wrap on a gift. Thanks for the great idea!!!

  • absalom

    absalom said 10 years ago

    I love this! And the tutorial was so useful. I am totally doing this for a good chunk of my gift wrapping.

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 10 years ago

    How beautiful!

  • FreshLemonBlossoms

    FreshLemonBlossoms said 10 years ago

    What a beautiful way to wrap a gift!! Thanks for the photos because I would have never figured it out otherwise.

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 10 years ago

    Awesome!! I Adore Furoshiki! Can't wait to try out these tips!!

  • lostanfound

    lostanfound said 10 years ago

    Great idea! I love that it is super eco-friendly and still beautiful.

  • shannonbatescreates

    shannonbatescreates said 10 years ago

    How fun and great for reducing waste! :)

  • jenniferdennispotter

    jenniferdennispotter said 10 years ago

    Perfect and perfectly gorgeous!!! Great idea.

  • FrostedWillow

    FrostedWillow said 10 years ago

    This is a fantastic to look through my stash of fabrics!

  • ModernMetalJewelry

    ModernMetalJewelry said 10 years ago

    Just love this idea!

  • glamasaurus

    glamasaurus said 10 years ago

    wow these look great. I should so do this!!

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 10 years ago

    Love this eco-friendly reminder!

  • YoYoByBahar

    YoYoByBahar said 10 years ago

    Wonderful !!

  • missindie

    missindie said 10 years ago

    This is fantastic!! What a nifty idea. xo.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 10 years ago

    I'm gonna try technique for my Christmas packages this year.

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous! Too pretty to unwrap!

  • RAGGEDedgeGear

    RAGGEDedgeGear said 10 years ago

    hilarious that this article came out today! we got an alchemy request for some sailcloth Furoshikis just a couple of days ago!

  • RevolutionGarden

    RevolutionGarden said 10 years ago

    I love it!

  • MadeByMarta

    MadeByMarta said 10 years ago

    Love this! Thank you!

  • mizsjr

    mizsjr said 10 years ago

    I LOVE this idea! Maybe some smart seller out there could make some of these? I'd buy 'em.

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 10 years ago

    I love this! Nothing brings me down faster than mountains of ugly, cheezy, wasteful wrapping paper at xmas time!

  • VintagePaperParade

    VintagePaperParade said 10 years ago

    Great! I love this. I remember receiving a welcome gift wrapped like this when I visited Japan :)

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 10 years ago

    the iron chef equivalent of gift wrapping, very tasteful

  • eurolenscape

    eurolenscape said 10 years ago

    What a great idea! Will save us some trees , if more people are going to use this technique!!!

  • TeenahTime

    TeenahTime said 10 years ago

    I can think of a million things to use for this Furoshiki wrap. Very motivating!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 10 years ago

    what a wonderful idea and beautiful to boot!

  • paularice

    paularice said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea-and thanks for taking the time for the instructions.

  • BebeVintage

    BebeVintage said 10 years ago

    Actually, I just bought some vintage Japanese furoshiki today, and over the past few years, have written quite a few articles on various blogs about the joys of Japanese traditional wrapping and fabrics. Being a kimono enthusiast, I am always happy when someone converts a badly damaged kimono into furoshiki, quilting, or something else entirely. Good to see the trend finally catching on!

  • posiesforlulu

    posiesforlulu said 10 years ago

    I LOVE IT!!! Good for the environment too!! REUSE RECYCLE!!!

  • lalucita

    lalucita said 10 years ago

    Thanks for this awesome article and inspiration! I love gift wrap alternatives!

  • ljlhdesigns

    ljlhdesigns said 10 years ago


  • shecological

    shecological said 10 years ago

    very cool and beautiful! We switched to all cloth wrap christmas last year and it was great! no paper to throw away! Thanks for sharing the tying techniques!

  • anoudesign

    anoudesign said 10 years ago

    Great ideas...thanks

  • tashascreations

    tashascreations said 10 years ago

    Very cute! Maybe we should think about fabric wrapping to reduce waste of paper and garbage.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 10 years ago

    Great! Love it!

  • Kiwinana

    Kiwinana said 10 years ago

    Love it and I found just the fabric the other day and wondered what I could use it for, this is a fantastic idea. Thanks so much

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 10 years ago

    Oh, I've been wrapping my children's presents in fabric for a long time. My daughter has always saved hers and now makes quilts with all of those pieces...which she has a lot of now. Wonderful article!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 10 years ago

    oh what fun! these would be festive and functional under the tree!

  • ifanhour

    ifanhour said 10 years ago

    I LOVE furoshiki! Have given presents like this for years...(my mother in law is from Japan) : )

  • ArzuMusa

    ArzuMusa said 10 years ago

    Love this... Thank you...

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 10 years ago

    nice ideas, thanks!

  • goddessinthemirror

    goddessinthemirror said 10 years ago

    how crafty and beautiful!

  • fiski16

    fiski16 said 10 years ago

    Great stuff! I just checked out her website, she has amazing furochic and really lovely cards - on sale too - really cheap!

  • fiski16

    fiski16 said 10 years ago

    Great idea, I love it. I just checked out the website, there are some really nice cards on sale too!

  • LASdesigns

    LASdesigns said 10 years ago

    It's great for those odd shaped items = like pottery!

  • virsaq

    virsaq said 10 years ago

    very interesting...and great tutorial

  • dezignsbygigi

    dezignsbygigi said 10 years ago

    Great idea and very it..will definitely try it out this holiday season.

  • martice

    martice said 10 years ago

    this is cool :)

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 10 years ago

    This is just such a lovely idea. The patterns and colours are great as well. i am learning something new every day :-)

  • tootsweethandbags

    tootsweethandbags said 10 years ago

    what a great idea for eco and truly reusable wrapping!

  • Bluebrooch

    Bluebrooch said 10 years ago

    Wonderful! I love decorating presents with ribbons,buttons, sometimes tulle, butterflies and and and.I am also one of those giftwrap hoarders who can just not throw used wrapping paper away in case i need it again someday :)

  • JemmDeeCreations

    JemmDeeCreations said 10 years ago

    Thanks. I think I'll give it a try!

  • chirecykling

    chirecykling said 10 years ago

    Great idea,i love furoshiki.

  • KylieO

    KylieO said 10 years ago

    This is such an inspiring article, thanks!

  • HeatherMitchellDraws

    HeatherMitchellDraws said 10 years ago

    This is gorgeous. I love the vibrant colors. What a terrific idea. The wrap becomes a gift in itself

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 10 years ago

    What a great idea!

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 10 years ago

    really cool! looks great!

  • OnTheRound

    OnTheRound said 10 years ago

    *gasp* I love it! I hate wrapping paper and am always looking for alternatives with a wow factor! Thanks for sharing!

  • alchemistart

    alchemistart said 10 years ago

    I have a link at my store under bandannas that has a video of this technique. A number of my friends love it!

  • HazelHoney

    HazelHoney said 10 years ago

    How cool! I'm such a fabric fanatic I would just die of excitment if all my gifts were wrapped in fabric!!! WOW!!

  • Onanoa

    Onanoa said 10 years ago

    Off to buy fabric, brb. (seriously, this should become a worldwide tradition. I think I would be as excited by the pretty furoshiki as the contents.) Thanks for that!

  • sakizome

    sakizome said 10 years ago

    just when I was trying to resist buying more Japanese fabric! :)

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 10 years ago

    Great idea!

  • littlemoandfriends

    littlemoandfriends said 10 years ago

    so sweet! yaay!

  • econica

    econica said 10 years ago

    very innovative! I can't wait to try it.

  • PeculiarForest

    PeculiarForest said 10 years ago

    excellent, what a great idea!

  • cazhoffy

    cazhoffy said 10 years ago

    Thats amazing!! I love this idea becasue its looks fab and i get to buy more fabric!! What more could you want!!

  • anadiazarte

    anadiazarte said 10 years ago

    I love it!

  • strawberryona

    strawberryona said 10 years ago

    Great idea - can't wait to try it!

  • CharliesApt

    CharliesApt said 10 years ago

    Great suggestion.

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 10 years ago

    Wow!! Very cool - I learned something today! :o) Thanks!!

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 10 years ago

    very cool! I'm all for it :)

  • LoveMeKnotCreations

    LoveMeKnotCreations said 10 years ago

    how neat!

  • CreationsbyCat

    CreationsbyCat said 10 years ago

    How cool! Love it when I learn something new! :)

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead said 10 years ago

    I LOVE this idea!!! One of the best Storque posts ever- thanks so much!

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 10 years ago

    So pretty and you make it look so easy! Can't wait to try.

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 10 years ago

    Beautiful fabric!!

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  • RogueRetro

    RogueRetro said 10 years ago

    Great Idea! Lovely!

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 10 years ago


  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord said 10 years ago


  • mookiejones

    mookiejones said 10 years ago

    The world needs more great ideas like this one. I am glad this green and practical wrapping is getting noticed.

  • mookiejones

    mookiejones said 10 years ago

    I am glad you have this article. The world needs more of this green and practical wrapping and a little less paper trash. Thank you.

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 10 years ago

    fabulous! Thanks for this article

  • PaperAffection

    PaperAffection said 10 years ago

    i've been meaning to learn this! thanks for the tutorial :)

  • WickedDarling

    WickedDarling said 10 years ago

    Very pretty! I would love to try this! :)

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 10 years ago

    Great idea!

  • Morado

    Morado said 10 years ago

    I love fabric and patterns too.

  • TheMysticCircleArt

    TheMysticCircleArt said 10 years ago

    Beautiful & Brilliant!!!!

  • deetsy

    deetsy said 10 years ago

    thanks for sharing these! it so simple, and yet such a wonderful personal touch to your gifts.

  • AudreyGardenLady

    AudreyGardenLady said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful eco friendly idea!! Thanks for sharing!! AudreyGardenLady

  • TimeEchoVintage

    TimeEchoVintage said 10 years ago

    This is great. I love to think of all the people finding something to fold right now... The over the shoulder version would look great in a super tiny size!

  • jdfootloose

    jdfootloose said 10 years ago

    Very Cool, Great way to use those vintage scarves too! ♥

  • TwistedRiverClay

    TwistedRiverClay said 10 years ago

    MMMMMMM I may have to try some of these ideas out. Thanks

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 10 years ago

    Wonderful and gorgeous!

  • pennylane495

    pennylane495 said 10 years ago

    great info, can't wait to try it

  • duckfoot

    duckfoot said 10 years ago

    This is a great way to give eco friendly gifts during the holidays without wasting a lot of wrapping paper. Plus, gift receivers can use the fabric for other purposes after they finish unwrapping!

  • kimbuktu

    kimbuktu said 10 years ago

    I like it!

  • theenchantedcupboard

    theenchantedcupboard said 10 years ago

    Playsilks work great as gift wrap too. Many members of the NaturalKids Team make them!

  • Carriemariah

    Carriemariah said 10 years ago

    Yey i love this!! Lush Cosmetics have totally changed their gift wrapping service to this too instead of paper and card and it doesnt cost any more! Its exciting that so many people are doing it! less waste for landfill :)

  • bstrung

    bstrung said 10 years ago

    This is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I will try it out on my Xmas gifts.

  • kidgiddy

    kidgiddy said 10 years ago

    really cute - thanks for the tutorial! -kg

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 10 years ago

    I had never thought about that what a great idea and the fabrics and colors in this article are all really pretty. I hope I remember to think about wrapping my gifts like that next year. I'm going to buy fabrics ahead of time. Thank you for sharing this with us

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 10 years ago

    awesome, such a great idea... I will definitely try it :)

  • PunkyJ

    PunkyJ said 10 years ago

    I LOVE this idea! I'm an awful present wrapper! And I love reusing textiles too!

  • bijouxrouge

    bijouxrouge said 10 years ago

    This is truly great!

  • smilingbluedog

    smilingbluedog said 10 years ago

    Great idea! Thanks, love the fabrics!

  • Avendano

    Avendano said 10 years ago

    This is so great. I used to do furoshiki. When I was in college I use to carry some of my books this way. After my back started hurting. Great Article. Thank you!

  • LoveAtFirstBlush

    LoveAtFirstBlush said 10 years ago

    Ooo.. What a gorgeous way to wrap gifts. Thank you also for the short history lesson. :)

  • MegansMinerals

    MegansMinerals said 10 years ago

    I love this I wish I would have seen this sooner I would have got some for christmas.

  • lunahoo

    lunahoo said 10 years ago

    Wonderful idea, very useful and beautiful. Thank you :)

  • pancakeandlulu

    pancakeandlulu said 10 years ago

    I was just talking to some people yesterday about this sort of thing--these are beautiful!

  • Ecstatic

    Ecstatic said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous colours! Thanks for the tips!

  • tialys

    tialys said 10 years ago

    I love this way of wrapping gifts and it would be especially good for a recipient who loves fabric and who might make something with it, thus making the wrapping part of the gift.

  • TheJoyofColor

    TheJoyofColor said 10 years ago

    This is a wonderful idea, i think i'm going ot addopt it thank you so much

  • blackscrapcat

    blackscrapcat said 10 years ago

    Ooooh, that is nasty! Now I have to go fabric shopping!!! Too beautiful for words!

  • Kiie

    Kiie said 10 years ago

    Thanks for showing one of my fabric :)

  • ArtByKellie

    ArtByKellie said 10 years ago

    so it

  • TheCreativeScrapbook

    TheCreativeScrapbook said 10 years ago

    Wow this is lovely just how kewl is this? I love the shoulder bags. Way to be green!!

  • Synseerly

    Synseerly said 10 years ago

    so crafty! My heads about to explode with ideas thank you!

  • artoartonomy

    artoartonomy said 10 years ago

    Wow - you've given me a great idea for painting my own silk next year for 'wrapping'! Thanx! (Another reason to clean & paint my studio so I can get in it)

  • QuercusSilver

    QuercusSilver said 10 years ago

    This makes a present seem somuch more special. I use recycled fabric left over from my quilting to make little lined bags for my jewellery.

  • kitschcafe

    kitschcafe said 10 years ago

    just in time... i was just thinking about this today! i need a way to wrap some pillows i made for my sister. this is perfect!

  • electricdaisy

    electricdaisy said 10 years ago

    I do this with Vintage Scarves, so classy and fun!

  • nacyanne

    nacyanne said 10 years ago

    I Love this! Thanks so much for the great tutorial.

  • cimmerii

    cimmerii said 10 years ago

    this is great! thank you for sharing :-)

  • arcoirishandcrafted

    arcoirishandcrafted said 10 years ago

    I want to buy EVERY piece of fabric I just saw. GORGEOUS!!!

  • authentic707

    authentic707 said 10 years ago

    This is great. Not only is it pretty and good for the environment, but I'm sure that the receiver of the gift will appreciate it as well.

  • alipink

    alipink said 10 years ago

    Stunning. Simple concept but so stylish. Great way to use up the fabric stash too ;-)

  • mizusugi

    mizusugi said 10 years ago

    This is a very popular way of carrying your own belongs to any where. Absolutely reusable and environmentally friendly. And best of all, very stylish!

  • katoo

    katoo said 10 years ago

    Love froshiki ! I'm thinking some nice wrapping w/ fabric besides it...

  • yippie57

    yippie57 said 10 years ago

    Brilliant! Know I know what to do with all the fabric scraps I hate to throw away.

  • SilkMari

    SilkMari said 10 years ago

    Love the Over-the-Shoulder Wrap....not only is it is so functional...especially for beach things.

  • Snapdragonarts

    Snapdragonarts said 10 years ago

    I have always loved wrapping my gifts in fun fabric of a scarf and when I was a child my grandmother would use fabric and ribbon to wrap small gifts. I have never tried the over the shoulder wrap. Thank you for sharing the directions, I will have to try it out for the holidays.

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 10 years ago

    What great ideas! Thank you.

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 10 years ago

    Great ideas, and really fun colors!

  • Pugcentric

    Pugcentric said 10 years ago

    Love this post - what a great tradition. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • artsygirl22

    artsygirl22 said 10 years ago

    That is such a good use beautiful fabric to wrap and reuse. And the person who receives the gift can use the fabric again in the future! Now I know exactly what I'm going to do next Xmas!!

  • Lunatiger

    Lunatiger said 10 years ago

    awesomeness~! ^_^ furoshiki here I go!

  • sabrosavintage

    sabrosavintage said 10 years ago

    i love this idea.. i've wrapped small gifts in scarves before, but always put them inside something else to present.. I think I'll start using the scarf as the wrapping. And the over the shoulder furoshiki is fantastic for so many things.

  • sabbio

    sabbio said 10 years ago

    I love them and that's such an eco-friendly packing, wrapping solution!

  • rubyredheart

    rubyredheart said 10 years ago

    Finally the consumer part of me & the environmentalist part of me can be one with each other! All the gorgeous fabrics make my pupils dilate!

  • ViviennElle

    ViviennElle said 10 years ago

    I love this! What beautiful fabrics, too. What's better than a superbly wrapped gift?? The furoshiki wrapping makes 2 gifts in one!

  • Vidalbuttons

    Vidalbuttons said 10 years ago

    This is awesome!

  • AwakenJournaling

    AwakenJournaling said 10 years ago

    I love this idea!! I am going to try it next time I have gifts to wrap :)

  • SonoraKaysCreations

    SonoraKaysCreations said 10 years ago

    Very cool! I have never heard of such a thing before... I love this idea! Thanks

  • monogrammaker

    monogrammaker said 10 years ago

    beautiful fabrics, very unique idea!

  • desertsoapstone

    desertsoapstone said 10 years ago

    This article came right when we were deciding whether to switch to fabric labels or not. You can buy a lot of material for not a lot of money. Thank you.

  • SweetPeaFabrications

    SweetPeaFabrications said 10 years ago

    I love this and used it to wrap 2 bottles of wine for our friends. We had a $25 limit agreement and so we found 2 nice bottles of wine for $20 and I wrapped them in a homemade square Christmas tablecloth. It looked great- can't wait to give it to them!

  • ALittleWorld

    ALittleWorld said 10 years ago

    Lovet his article, great idea, thank you so much!

  • MeredithHiltDesigns

    MeredithHiltDesigns said 10 years ago

    What a clever tradition! We Americans are so wasteful, it's time we made more "green" choices such as reusable shopping bags and these lovely Furoshiki. Thank you for your great illustrations. You make it very clear how easy it is to make one.

  • Artwolf

    Artwolf said 10 years ago

    My Grand mother used to wrap her christmas puddings to give as gifts in new linen tea towells the 1st way, she would have loved to be around to see this article, TY for sharing. Lindax

  • JaniceCordeiro

    JaniceCordeiro said 10 years ago

    Now that's a creative use of fabric. I now have another use for my fabric stash. Many thanks. I wish I read this before Christmas.

  • sweetharvey

    sweetharvey said 10 years ago

    Fantastic for the environment - great idea!

  • PoisonApplePotions

    PoisonApplePotions said 10 years ago

    Very fascinating- great work Jenn!

  • CardboardCastle

    CardboardCastle said 10 years ago

    enlightening. great way to use this forum for good not evil :)

  • craftjunky

    craftjunky said 10 years ago

    Very Nice!!! I just hope to find scarves big enough to wrap really big items.

  • gullistCraft

    gullistCraft said 10 years ago

    Very nice!

  • JaBas

    JaBas said 10 years ago

    This is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! :-)

  • BerylBlue

    BerylBlue said 10 years ago

    Fascinating! Thanks for including the history of the wrap in the article. I always like to know how an idea developed.

  • 1crazybeadgal

    1crazybeadgal said 10 years ago

    I just started sewing my own gift bags from fabric last year (and snapping ones up I find at garage sales, Goodwill and the stores when I can get them), and it certainly makes clean up sooo much easier. Dont we have enough to do around the holidays? ;D

  • eg192

    eg192 said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this great tradition...if only I'd read this before Christmas. :) I do recycle the gift bags, but there is still so much waste, this is a much better alternative.

  • PeppermintSage

    PeppermintSage said 10 years ago

    I read a book on this before. It's such a wonderful idea.

  • purplerozelisa

    purplerozelisa said 10 years ago

    I, like many others, love to wrap but don't like the waste of paper. I will definately be doing this from now on! Thank you.

  • JaynaUmeda

    JaynaUmeda said 10 years ago

    I use Ofuroshiki to carry food dishes to friends houses. It wraps neatly around each bowl or plate and I slip it in my "jaynaumeda" tote bag to bring home! No recycling needed!

  • tansyandco

    tansyandco said 10 years ago

    Beautiful designs Jen!

  • CheriChic

    CheriChic said 10 years ago

    I saw this idea in Fitness magazine today! I thought it was great!! I love these designs very nice!!!

  • AMSkrafts

    AMSkrafts said 10 years ago

    furoshiki wraps are always so pretty. they're almost too nice to use! thanks for the tutorials :)

  • patchpp

    patchpp said 10 years ago

    Incredible idea!!!!!Adorable and very eco!!!!!!

  • perfectlyhandmade

    perfectlyhandmade said 10 years ago

    Simple and gorgeous! xoxo PH

  • QuiltedM

    QuiltedM said 9 years ago

    This is great, especially for all you quilters out there. Extra fabric is always great!!

  • HollowBound

    HollowBound said 9 years ago

    Just went out and got hopefully enough fabric to do this for everyone's Christmas present!

  • weatheredsilo

    weatheredsilo said 8 years ago

    Very eco-friendly! Cheers!

  • kyotocollection

    kyotocollection from kyotocollection said 8 years ago

    This was a lot of fun to read, as well as very informative. Your enthusiasm really shines through, as well as your experience. Very inspiring! Thanks for taking the time to share this. Furoshiki are addictive!

  • lmsecchis

    laura secchi said 5 years ago

    Hi, how much fabric do I need for 28X28 pillows? Thank you!

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