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 (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,