Going green for the holidays

Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 by Arts_and_Crafts

Is anyone else bothered by mountains of wrapping paper that get thrown away right after the holidays?  Buying decorative paper bags gives some options of reusing, but the bags get damaged after a while.  Have you thought about using furoshiki?  

furoshiki wrapped gifts

Furoshiki (pronounced f-ROHSH-kee) are square pieces of fabric that are traditionally used by the Japanese to tie up bundles, and work beautifully to wrap presents. The picture shows two that I have made: a book wrapped in red, with the furoshiki tied to itself, and a jar wrapped in black, tied with a ribbon. I've used these to give gifts within the family (with the stipulation that they be re-used within the family!) and it's fun to get them back. Since my sewing machine embroiders, I put my initials and the year on each one I make.

 

Ready to try it?  The library is ready for you!

Furoshiki Fabric Wraps Furoshiki Fabric Wraps has several different options for wrapping presents, as well as other options for using furoshiki, such as a hand-carry wrap and a pillow. A useful table gives different objects you might want to