Snowflake Furoshiki

There is something about flipping the calendar from October to November that instantly puts me in the holiday spirit. I know a lot of people don’t like to hear holiday music until after Thanksgiving, but I say bring it on! And, anyway, if you celebrate Hanukkah, you’re likely already in full-on holiday hustle mode! Today Stephanie of The Crafty Kitty is with us again to share a beautiful and eco-friendly gift wrapping solution. I love that the wrap becomes a gift in itself for this project. Here’s Stephanie: Furoshiki are a type of cloth that is traditionally used in Japan, for gift wrapping. An eco-friendly alternative to paper wrap, the transformative nature of furoshiki, means not only is it gift wrap, but it could also be a new bag or a scarf!

Furoshiki come in many sizes. I made mine 40cm x 40cm, but you could always cut a larger starting size and still follow the instructions.

embroidered Furoshiki, eco-friendly cloth gift wrapping tutorial

The organic batiste fabric and organic sewing thread, used to make this project, were from my shop Stitch Organics.

You will need:

  • 2 squares of organic batiste (40cm x 40cm): 1 blue, 1 undyed
  • Snowflake embroidery pattern
  • embroidery hoop
  • organic sewing thread (in natural and ice) + needle
  • beads or sequins (optional)
  • sewing machine!
First, decide how large you would like the embroidery pattern and print out at the correct scale. Decide how many times and where you would like to embroider the Snowflake design. Transfer the design using a disappearing fabric marker (or use your preferred method).

 

Place your fabric in your embroidery hoop (if using). Move the hoop around the fabric to complete each snowflake. Embroider the design using 2 strands of floss, 1 white and 1 blue, combined and a backstitch. Add beads and/or sequins to the floss, as and when you desire! I randomly spaced out my pattern and repeated the snowflake 15 times.

 

When you have finished all your snowflakes, place your embroidered fabric and second fabric right sides together. Sew around the edge, using your sewing machine, with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a gap for turning. Clip corners, turn right sides facing out, press and top stitch.
The 40cm square furoshiki is perfect for small gifts, like these plant based pastel crayons.

  1. Place your gift in one corner, on the diagonal.
  2. Roll the gift
  3. Take the free corners and tie in a knot!
  4. Admire your handiwork!

For other times of the year, you may like to use an undyed fabric, embroidered with my dragonfly design, and purple contrast fabric!

 

There are so many different ways of tying furoshiki, why not check out my Furoshiki Pinterest board, for inspiration?
Other ways to customise your furoshiki:
  • Use thrifted/vintage fabric
  • Hand stamp/print/paint simple designs
  • Include bag handles and instructions (to create a ring handle bag) with your gift

 

Give it a go, and add a little eco crafting to your gifting!
This post was brought to you by Stephanie!

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I'm Marigold and I like to make stuff. Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! is a place where I share my love of DIY and working with my hands. You'll find projects for kids and adults that are quirky, fun, artful and functional.You can email me at marigoldhaske@gmail.com