Furoshiki  is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used for gift wrapping.  I am totally taken with this method for wrapping gifts.  It is not only beautiful but also eco friendly.


My sister-in-law loves wrapping gifts so for her birthday I ordered an advance copy of the book, Wrapagami: The Art of Fabric Gift Wraps. I packaged the order slip like this with a Furoshiki cloth I made for her.


The book arrived and it is fabulous.


I think it is the best book I have seen on the subject.  The pictures are beautiful and the instructions and illustrations are easy to follow and understand!


There are so many styles I want to try!


Tips for making your own Furoshiki cloth

  • The fabric cloths are usually square.  A standard size is 28″ X 28″. You will need a larger cloth for some techniques.
  • Hem the edges of the fabric or simply cut with pinking shears to save time and keep the edges from un-raveling. I used the technique for making square corner cloth napkins to finish off my wrap.
  • If you don’t want to make your own cloth Jenn Playford has a line of cloths called Furochic.

How to use your Furoshiki Cloth

Download a handy Illustrated Furoshiki Guide from the Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan.

See Jenn, the author of Wrapagami, explain how to use Furoshiki.

Furochic Bouquet Wrap

Furochic Double Book Wrap

Furochic Handbag Wrap

Furochic Cushion Wrap

Furochic Basic Wrap

Furochic Double Bottle Wrap

Furochic Box Wrap

Furochic Kangaroo Wrap

The book is a must! Happy wrapping!

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  1. I think it would need to be thinner than something crocheted. What about using the fabric but crocheting a tie for embellishment.

  2. Hello,
    I was wondering if this could be achieved by making wraps out of large crocheted squares? Or does the fabric have to be silky?

    Thank you

  3. I love Furoshiki, I have many and rotate them with my 2 sisters. And use at home with my family each year over and over again. I read somewhere that there is 5 tons of waste in the US created during the holidays each year. Furoshiki is a great way to stop the wasteful gift wrapping paper. In Japan they are also trying to stop the wasteful disposable chopsticks at the restaurants so people are carrying their own when they go out to eat, so they make fabric chopstick holders to carry them around. Very smart, they can wash the holders as needed since they are fabric. Furoshiki can be made into bags, so you can carry your groceries using them, at my grocery store they pay us for not using the plastic bags, a couple of pennies or so, but is something.

  4. Hi Brooke, I buy them all over….Hobby Lobby,JoAnn’s and small independent fabric stores. Hope this helps. If you see a particular fabric I have used just ask and I will see if I can remember where I got it. Thanks!

  5. Where do you get all of your fabrics? Do you just get them at Hobby Lobby type places?

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