Furoshiki DIY: Crafting Sustainability and Elegance

Furoshiki DIY: Crafting Sustainability and Elegance

If you know our brand, you obviously know how much we love furoshiki and how committed we are to make as many people as possible switch to reusable wrapping. However, we understand that buying furoshiki from brands is not affordable to everyone! That's why it's important to know how easy it is to make your own furoshiki, so you can elevate your everyday life with sustainable elegance. 

The Beauty of Furoshiki

Furoshiki, originally used in Japan for wrapping and transporting goods, has evolved into a multifaceted art form. With a simple square piece of cloth, you can create beautiful gift wraps, stylish bags, and even household décor. The charm of furoshiki lies in its simplicity and adaptability, making it an ideal DIY project for anyone looking to embrace sustainability and creativity. 

Choosing Your Fabric

The first step to your furoshiki DIY is selecting the right fabric. Furoshiki cloths typically come in various sizes, ranging from 45 cm to 90 cm square. This obviously depends on the size you need for the accessory or gift you want to make with it. Here are some fabric suggestions to get you started: 

  • Cotton: Durable and easy to work with, cotton is perfect for beginners.

  • Silk: Luxurious and elegant, ideal for special occasions. 

  • Linen: Provides a rustic, natural look, great for everyday use. 
  • Upcycled Fabric: Repurpose old scarves, shirts, or bed linens for an eco-friendly option. 

When choosing your fabric, consider the occasion and the recipient. Vibrant patterns and colours add a festive touch, while subtle hues create a minimalist aesthetic. 

Creating Your Own Furoshiki Cloth

If you're feeling crafty, why not make your own furoshiki cloth from scratch? Here's a simple guide: 

Materials Needed: 

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread (optional for hemming)


1. Measure and Cut: Decide on the size of your furoshiki. Common sizes are 45x45 cm or 70x70 cm. Use a measuring tape to mark the dimensions and cut the fabric into a square. 

2. Hem the Edges (Optional): For a polished finish, hem the edges of your fabric. Fold over the edges by about 1 cm, iron them flat, and sew along the fold. If you prefer a raw edge, use pinking shears to prevent fraying.

Basic Furoshiki Wrapping Techniques

Now that you have your furoshiki cloth, it's time to learn some basic wrapping techniques. Here are three popular methods to get you started:

1. Otsukai Tsutsumi (Basic Carry Wrap)

Perfect for wrapping boxes or rectangular items. 

1. Place the item diagonally in the center of the cloth. 

2. Fold the bottom corner over the item.

3. Fold the top corned over the item, tucking it in securely. 

4. Tie the left and right corners together in a double knot.

2. Bin Tsutsumi (Bottle Wrap) 

Ideal for wrapping bottles of wine or other tall, cylindrical items. 

1. Place the bottle in the center of the cloth.

2. Pull up the two opposite corners and tie them in a double knot at the top of the bottle.

3. Twist the remaining two corners and wrap them around the bottle, tying them in a double knot at the back.

3. Hirazutsumi (Flat Object Wrap) 

Great for wrapping books, tablets, or other flat objects. 

1. Place the object in the center of the cloth.

2. Fold the bottom and top corners over the object, overlapping them.

3. Fold the left and right corners over the object and tie them in a double knot in the center.

Personalised Touches

To add a personal touch to your furoshiki wraps, consider incorporating the following elements: 

  • Natural Elements: Tuck in a sprig of rosemary, lavender, or a flower for a fragrant and decorative touch. 
  • Hand-Painted Designs: Use fabric paint to create custom designs or patterns on your furoshiki cloth. 

  • Embroidery: Add initials or small motifs with embroidery for a unique, handmade look. 


Crafting with Care

Furoshiki DIY is more than just a craft; it's a practice that embodies mindfulness, sustainability, and creativity. By creating your own furoshiki wraps and mastering basic techniques, you're not only reducing waste but also adding a touch of elegance and personal flair to your everyday life. So, gather your materials, unleash your creativity, and embrace the art of furoshiki.

Happy wrapping and crafting! 

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