Japanese Fabric Gift Wrapping
As promised, here’s another gift-wrapping post to add to the pile. This one is potentially my favourite and definitely one I’ll be using at christmas time. Since I began blogging around 4 years ago, (I’ve made my way through many, many domain names) I can always recall being an avid reader of Erin from the blog Reading My Tea Leaves. To this day I’m forever in awe of her style, ethics and approach to just about everything. In particular, this post has being firmly planted in my little brain.
As I’ve got older and my tiny family of 4 has expanded to a boyfriend, in-laws and uni buddies etc. my bank balance is stretched to it’s absolute limit come Christmas time (with thanks the 7 people who decided to be born in the run up to Christmas too!). After re-reading the aforementioned post a few weeks ago, I, true to form, had an absolute melt down just thinking about how many presents I was yet to even think of, let alone wrap. I’m an avid wrapper, perhaps an elf in a former life, but I love to give gifts that looks beautiful. I’ve been known to spend a good hour in a haberdashery picking out the right shade and texture of ribbon to match the new gift wrap. All that paper, ribbons, bows and gift tags can soon add up and if you’re not careful you end up spending more on wrapping than you do the actual present and that is where this DIY comes in…
What you’re gonna need:
A square piece of scrap fabric of your choosing (I decided to use muslin cloth , doubled up so it wasn’t so see-through)
Decoration or present toppers of your choice (I’ve used a piece of dried eucalyptus, a small sprig of your Christmas tree will work just as well or you can just leave it with the simple knot)
Lets do this:
- Start off with your piece of square fabric and lay it in front of you like a rhombus. Next place your gift (in a box if it’s an irregular shape) in the middle of this, with a flat edge running straight against the point your just laid out. At this step, if you are using a pattern material, start with it facing pattern down to the surface you are working on.
- Fold the point facing away from you downwards and fold over the edge of your present and took the excess underneath your gift, do the same with the side opposite.
- With the two points that are remaining, bring them both to the centre of the present and tie in a knot. You can leave the wrap here if you want (depending on how rigid your material is) or opt to tuck under the two ‘tails’ underneath the knot you just made for a neater finish.
- This is the point you can add any decorations, I simply pushed the sprig of greenery underneath the knot and left it there.
It’s as simple as that. There is a lot of more complex variations on Furoshiki but this is the method I always tend to reuse. You can really make it your own by using any printed materials or adding little pom-poms or beads – anything! I love this even more because the cloth can be reused again and again and again meaning your living room floor won’t be smothered in a layer of wrapping paper come Christmas morning, just neat piles of cloth ready to be put in a draw ready for next year!
I watched this video (skip to 2:07 for this particular method of wrapping) a few times before I got the hang of it and could do it without instructions. It’s really easy once you get the hang of it and looks v. impressive considering it takes little to no effort. For someone that struggles to wrap gifts that aren’t square or rectangular, a solution has finally been found and I’m forever grateful. Material is a lot easier to manipulate and tuck under other bits as compared to paper which will inevitably rip if anything slightly obscure is in the middle of it.
Is this something you’d like to try for Christmas? Even if you only use this for one present, it looks very cute nestled amongst brown paper packages underneath the tree and your special someone will for sure make a bee line towards this gift. Do you have any DIY gift wrapping ideas you always use? I’d love to hear about them!