Making your own furoshiki, really couldn't be easier! There are only 2 difficult steps - the first is deciding which fabric to make your furoshiki from, the second is deciding which size to make.
For our version, we turned to a lovely Japanese print picked up a few years ago in Japan (sorry, we don't stock this one and don't even know who made it - if you know, please let us know!)
Having only a half metre cut, we went with a 50cm x 50cm furoshiki. This size is perfect for wrapping around your bento / lunch or other smallish things. If you're looking to wrap a wine bottle (or 2), or to make a furoshiki that can double as a bag, you'll want to make something closer to a 100cm x 100cm version.
To make your furoshiki:
1. Cut a square of your desired fabric. (Or just use a fat quarter, should you have some of those lying around looking forlorn!). You'll want to choose a fabric which is thin (easy to tie) yet strong.
2. Finish the edges. You can serge, go with a rolled hem (depending on your fabric, I s'pose) or do as we did and do a simple hem with beveled corners. Check out this tutorial for more specific instructions on those corners.
3. Give it a good press and you're good to go! (I said it was easy!)
|Otsukai tsutsumi - basic wrap|
4. Have fun trying out all sorts of different wrapping styles. You can refer to this handy guide or even check Youtube where you'll find furoshiki demonstrations.
|Yotsu musubi - 4 tie wrap (2 hidden!)|
Don't forget to check out our selection of fabrics (and Shinzi Katoh bentos) on Omiyage.ca. We think you could make some fab-u-lous furoshiki out of our Kokka Giant Strawberries:
Or for something a little more traditional, why not some of our Maiko prints:
And if you're looking for that perfect gift, why not whip up a matching furoshiki and chopstick / utensil wrap (tutorial here)?!
Happy sewing... and wrapping!