This time of year, we're all thinking about gifting. Imagine all that wrapping paper, all those gift bags, all that waste. Furoshiki, a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, is a beautiful way to present your gifts and avoid waste. Pretty fabric scraps and thrifted scarves work perfectly for this technique. Here's how we're packaging our
for this season.
First, find a square scarf (or fold down the long side of a rectangle to create a square) and fold it into a manageable size. I folded this one in half twice, which makes it more opaque and small enough to fold cleanly. I wrapped my package in one sheet of recycled tissue, but this isn't a necessary step.
Grab opposite corners and tie one snug knot, then grab the other opposite corners and tie another knot. You'll have 4 points to gather with a ribbon or bit of string. I chose to use string to secure the knot because I wanted the recipient of the gift to be able to enjoy this vintage silk scarf. If you're using a scrap of fabric, you can also double knot and skip the ribbon.