To make this silk furoshiki, I had to buy silk scraps because I didn’t have any in my collection. But still, I bought an inexpensive pack of scraps and not a whole yard from a wonderful etsy seller, Purseapalooza. The problem of buying scraps is that you don’t know if you are going to get a large enough piece for your project. But, it didn’t matter because I think having a quilt like this is more colorful and interesting than a solid piece for a furoshiki. I loved using these soothing neutral colors to make this one.
3) Modified Furoshiki…
I attached a leather string and added an embroidered flower under the button, to tie around the wrap. If you are going to make this, you can use any ribbon, binding, or any string as long as it can tie around the gift. I used a leather string because I think leather and silk has Yin/Yang quality to them. Besides, the gift inside will stay put with a leather string tied around it. Because of the string, it can wrap any size present. This box is about 7.5″x5.5″x3.5″ and the piece is about 19″x19″
May 10 is Mother’s Day. Don’t wrap her present in paper. Wrap it in one of these eco friendly reusuable – and unique – wrapping cloth, furoshiki . It will be a present in itself. She will think you are the best daughter/son in the family. May be she’ll use the furoshiki to give you a present.
Read what Yuriko Koike, Minister of the Environment in Japan, has said about “mottainai furoshiki”. The Japanese word “mottainai” means it’s a shame for something to go to waste without having made use of its potential in full. I love that. You can find many styles of wrapping furoshiki on this page.
Thanks for reading this two part series. I hope you’ll rethink about the ways you wrap your presents next time and think of alternative eco-friendly ways to present your thoughtful gifts.
Do you have an alternative way? Please leave me a comment here. I’d love to hear from you.