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How to wrap gifts with fabric - a step by step guide with pictures


Furoshiki is the ancient Japanese tradition of wrapping possessions with fabric. Today, it has evolved into a new age practice of an environmentally friendly alternative to gift wrapping.


Read on to find our step-by-step guide to a simple but effective way to use Furoshiki to create beautifully wrapped gifts.


Materials needed:

  • Gift to be wrapped

  • A square piece of fabric*

There are no set rules to Furoshiki which makes it even easier! But a simple guide of measurements will help you figure out the size of fabric that is best for wrapping your item.


*You want the diagonal length of the fabric you choose to be 3 times longer than the length of the item you are wrapping. That may seem big, but it allows for sturdy knots to be tied to keep your gift together.


Looking for beautiful and unique fabrics to try Furoshiki on? Then check out my range of illustrated fabrics over on my Spoonflower shop here!


Now on to the wrapping!


How to tie a simple Furoshiki wrapped gift

Step 1.

To begin with, take your piece of square cloth or fabric and place it right side down on a table. Place your gift on top in the centre of the fabric, diagonally at an angle.


Step 2.

Take a corner of fabric and fold it over the gift diagonally.


Step 3.

Take the opposite corner of fabric and fold it over the gift in the other direction to cover it.


Step 4.

Holding the gift in place, neatly fold the fabric on the right side of the gift to enclose the item and gather the loose fabric on top.


Step 5.

Repeat step 4 now on the left side of the gift. You should have two corners of fabric, one in each hand, with the gift fully enclosed in the fabric. Now tie a double knot in the fabric to secure the gift tight as you can see in the image above.


Step 6.

Time to decorate! Add finishing touches to your Furoshiki wrapped gift to make it even more beautiful and seasonal. You can use dried flowers and plants, feathers, twine, dried fruit or even spices to finish off your gift and make it extra special for your family or friends.


Ready for gifting! Congratulations, you have just tied your very first Furoshiki!


Ready for more challenging folds? The brilliant infographic below from the Japanese Ministry of the Environment shows different ways to wrap a range of gifts from boxes to bottles!



Want more eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas? Then check out my blog post on 11 Sustainable Gift-Wrapping Ideas For Any Budget


Happy wrapping!

Dee