Hello there—This is Elissa Barbieri, the designer of the collection Cultivate that came out in November. I have, with the help of some crafty family, created some tutorials on Furoshiki, a Japanese traditional art of fabric folding and tying for wrapping. You can use it for gift wrap as I have here, or you could use it for making a lunch sack or grocery tote(enlarged, of course.) The first instructions are for the folding and wrapping technique and the second set are for sewing a double-sided cloth wrap. Furoshiki can, of course, be done with any piece of fabric so don’t be limited by making a double-sided one if you don’t have time. It works great with hankies and scarves, too.
The first tutorial here requires a square piece of fabric and can vary based on the size of the item you’d like to wrap. To make the wrap, scroll down for more details.
Double-sided furoshiki cloth construction:
1. Wash and size your fabric, ironing and de-threading each piece
2. True up the corners and edges
3. Cut a 20” x 20” square two complementing patterns
4. Pin 2nd square, good side down, on top of the 1st square
5. Sew 3/8” seam all along 3 edges
6. On 4th edge, leave opening about 6” wide – enough to slip your hand in and turn piece inside-out
7. Turn piece inside out, pushing your finger into corners for a crisp edge
8. Iron edges flat.
9. Choose your folding method and happy wrapping!
Stay tuned for a patchwork pillow cover that doubles as a furoshiki wrapping!