Once more this year, we are bringing you twelve days of Christmas ideas - both handmade gifts and gifts for makers.
Today we present the simple but beautiful Japanese fabric gift wrapping technique, Furoshiki. Using basic shapes of fabric, you can simply dress a gift. Plus, the gift wrap is reusable, either as gift wrap again or as a tea-towel or napkins or any other fabric-y plan you may devise. So it's environmentally friendly, too - score!
Since there's plenty of wine changing hands at this time of year, we thought the wine bottle wrap would be a good one to start with.
Take the larger piece of fabric. Turn it to landscape, then fold the bottom third of the fabric up over the bottle:
Scrunch the fabric in either side of the bottle, and tie a knot at the front. Too easy!
(No Lego men were harmed in the writing of this blog post.)
The remainder piece of fabric can be used to wrap smaller gifts like these Merchant and Mills wide bow scissors and needles.
Pop your goodies in the middle:
Fold up the bottom third of fabric, then fold the top third over the top:
Gather up the fabric each side of the gift and tie a single knot to secure.
This is an easy place to start, but if you just search the internet, there are loads of Furoshiki tutorials to be found online.
Happy wrapping and giving!
- Fiona & Jane xx