Furoshiki Follow-Up
1.6.2015

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This blog is a follow-up to my posting about Furoshiki Fun on November 25th. To read more about my plan to use fabric to wrap my Christmas presents in the manner of Japanese furoshiki wrapping clothes, click here. You will see photos of several different knots to try.

First, I needed to cut fabric squares. Mostly, I used holiday batiks from the Batik Paradise Novelties collection. I used a pinking rotary cutter blade to trim the squares, hoping  this would minimize fraying. Batiks are great because they have minimal fraying anyway.

I folded large pieces of fabric in quarters and squared them up with my favorite large Omnigrip 20-1/2″ Ruler. I cut the the largest square I could from the yardage I had of each fabric. If I had 1-1/4 yards (45″) and my fabric was 44″ on the WOF, I could cut a square approximately 43″, which will wrap a shoe box or shirt box.

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If I had a 1/2 yard, I could cut about a 17″ square. 3/4 yard gave me squares about 26″. Sometimes I folded the fabric on the diagonal twice to get my square.

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Here are my holiday furoshiki, all folded in quarters!

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This is a shirt box with single knot. Adhesive name tags did not stick well…will have to work on that next year.

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The present with the ribbon bow was my last to wrap.  I didn’t have a square big enough to tie a knot, so I used a safety pin and covered it with a recycled ribbon. The package below it was the only one not wrapped in batiks. I used 7048 Holiday Verbiage Ivory and it worked fine.

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Ta dah! I wrapped all my presents in furoshiki this.

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My son got a kick out of the two books I wrapped furoshiki-style!

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My daughter, who has her birthday right after Christmas,  enjoyed her presents wrapped in 7051 Pom Pom Presents White.

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Our Japanese foreign exchange student says that Christmas presents in Japan are wrapped with holiday paper like we do in the U.S. and that furoshiki are mainly used in his family for carrying bento boxes for lunch. Oh well… guess I am starting a new family tradition! My daughter wrapped three of hers with furoshiki and thought it was fun, easy, and attractive.  Maybe next year I will get the rest of the family on board!

The limited edition holiday novelties batiks and printed fabrics I used are all on sale up to 50% off right now!
Prints are $2.96/yard and batiks are $3.96/yard!
This is terrific time to buy for next year!

I would enjoy hearing from anyone who used furoshiki for gift giving.

Hope you have Happy New Year!


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