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Furoshiki - Japanese Tying Cloth

Japanese furoshiki cloth was traditionally used for wrapping gifts, packed lunches or any other item a Japanese person needed to carry and they have been around for centuries - truly! They serve the purpose of keeping your item securely closed and are usually square and hemmed neatly. They can be tied into various bags and if they're wrapping up your bento-boxed lunch they become a cute little mini tablecloth for you to place your bento and chopsticks onto. I've also seen them tied into bottle-holders, handbags, shopping bags, book wrappings, present wrappings and much, much more.

Functional furoshiki are usually made of cotton because this is easy to tie securely, however, more beautiful and decorative ones can be made of silk, rayon or chirimen (a kind of crepe fabric), and can even be used as a scarf for the recipient after they unwrap their present.

Furoshiki wrapping techniques are experiencing a resurgence in popularity as we are becoming more environmentally conscious of how much wrapping paper we consume in our daily lives. The cloths are beautiful on their own, but when tied around gifts, they make the presentation even more beautiful and the fabric can be reused or repurposed. Here is a cool video that does some beautiful tying techniques for two types of bags.

I have several furoshiki sitting around in my craft cupboard but I hadn't thought of whom I would give them to, and what they might wrap... Until today... Take a look at what I did!

Today, I had the idea to turn them into unique cushion coverings for the four Ikea Frosta stools that I have in my craft room! I need the stools for the school holiday workshops for children that I am holding and thought that these would make a nice "Japanese touch". They're certainly unique!

I had a great time making these stools. To make the seats, I bought some inexpensive cushion padding and a couple of layers of wadding to make the seats nice and comfy. I absolutely loved using the staple gun!  (I'm not the neatest stapler, but I am certainly very enthusiastic about using it!)

I've been wondering what I should do with my remaining furoshiki They're not very big ones (about 45cm x 45cm) so they won't wrap into a very big bag. Do you have a suggestion?

Or have you done anything cool with these beautiful cloths before? Why don't you share it here on our website! Use the form (just below) to upload a picture of your work! We would LOVE to showcase it!

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