Fabric wrapped gifts and parcels have been used around the world for centuries. Remember the hobo with the handkerchief on a stick to carry his worldly goods? The Japanese have mastered the art of folding fabric to make beautiful parcels and gift wraps. Think of it as origami with cloth instead of paper. Furoshiki is the simple art of wrapping with reusable and beautiful cloth.
I find this appealing because
It’s doesn’t end up in the land fill
It isn’t made of plastic, at least if you use natural fabrics
It can be sewn into another object, a napkin, a purse, a pillow, for instance
Many of us have a stash of fabric waiting to be used
It makes good use of fabric remnants
You can give it to a friend or neighbor without worrying about getting it back
The fabric choice can be customized to the gift theme or the recipient
I was amazed and delighted to receive a gift wrapped in cloth
While your thoughtful handmade gift will be appreciated no matter how you wrap it, gifts wrapped in fabric are a greener choice.
Get step by step instructions for making fabric wrapped gifts beautiful, frugal, and eco-friendly.