Furoshiki: A Gorgeous Japanese Fabric Wrapping

Furoshiki is a Japanese fabric traditional wrapping cloth that is eco-friendly and used for wrapping up your gifts with a gorgeous look. Furoshiki comes from two distinct words: “Furo” meaning “Bath” and “Shiki” meaning “To Spread”. During the Tokugawa period, people used Furoshiki as a mat to put their clothes on when at public baths before taking a shower

Furoshiki is a fantastic art that allows one object to have many uses by tying and folding the cloth in different and simple ways.

 

 

Most people don’t know about the Furoshiki traditional wrapping cloth. It is still used for carrying goods, wrapping gifts or just as a decor accessory.

 

People living in Japan still use Furoshiki wrapping as a unique way to present something to others. This Japanese fabric is made of cotton, rayon, silk or nylon. You can find a wide variety of Japanese fabric designs and sizes, so you can easily choose what size and design you would like to use. This Japanese traditional art has been spreading like wildfire; it can be seen in other countries including Korea where it is called Bojagi.

 

 

This Japanese fabric art began in the Nara period and was often used until the end of the Edo period. Most traders used it as it was a great way of protecting small goods while traveling from one place to other.

 

Furoshiki Japanese Fabric is best used for wrapping gift boxes, books, drinking bottles, baskets, backpacks, fruits etc. Also, you can wrap flowers or use it as a belt and bandana. Using furoshiki sounds great, doesn’t it?

 

Go through these amazing furoshiki techniques that can be used in daily life.

 

 

This is an old tradition that many follow to this day, to present something as a gift. Now here is a question: Why use this furoshiki instead of colorful wrapping paper? The simple answer is that it is environmentally friendly. Furoshiki Japanese fabric is eco-friendly and reusable.

 

We all know that our environment can be polluted in many ways such as by using plastic. As plastic is not eco-friendly, that is why furoshiki is a better substitute for wrapping up presents. To start using Furoshiki Japanese fabric you have to learn the techniques for wrapping any gift box, carrying goods using furoshiki and how to decorate your home using furoshiki.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F74Dwe2BDFw

 

After the introduction of plastic bags, furoshiki declined substantially in Japan. Many of the latest furoshiki styles recently introduced to the public were designed to convince younger generations that plastic is not a good choice when it comes to selecting eco-friendly products.

Furoshiki is highly versatile whereas regular bags have limited space and can only carry specific objects.


Traditionally both the print design and color of the furoshiki are meaningful when choosing it for any occasion.

 

 

Traditional Furoshiki

Furoshiki is not used just for wrapping, it is often used as a beauty accessory, for ceremonies, and as multifunctional objects for everyday life.

 

Furoshiki can be used for:

– Wrapping a gift

– Decorating a handbag

– A bag for shopping

– A tablecloth

– A scarf, belt or bandana

– A picnic hamper

– Household decor

– Wrapping clothes when traveling

 

 

Eco-fabric wrapping

Western culture often uses furoshiki a lot to wrap gifts. It’s even faster than paper wrapping.

 

Here are some cheap and eco-friendly ideas to create furoshiki cloth:

– from scarfs
– from fabric

– by cutting up old sheets and designing them

– using fabric samples from a recycling centre

– asking your friends who sew for any unwanted scraps of fabric

– by using a bandana, tea towel or handkerchief

 

 

Sizes

For wrapping, the object must be of one-third of the furoshiki’s diagonal line. Also, there are some traditional sizes that work better for a range of projects.

 

50 cm – small book

70 cm – T-shirt

90 cm – a wine bottle

Traditional furoshiki cloth is not square as the height is slightly longer than the width. This is often mentioned in instructions provided with the furoshiki when buying the fabric.

 

Fabric

Get a Japanese fabric that is not too thick and also works best according to your needs. If you mistakenly buy a thick fabric then it makes difficult for you to tie it. You can use some alternatives like tying up a gift with ribbon.

 

You can easily double-up the Japanese fabric to make it reversible. This looks awesome with a contrasting color when it is wrapped but be sure that the fabric is easy to tie because most of the time it becomes thick and makes difficult for you to tie. The best option is to do this with fine fabrics.

 

Look at some of the best images of Korean “bojagi” wrapping cloths.

 

 

Edging

For the edges, you can choose hand-stitching or use a sewing machine. If you are not an expert in sewing then you can edge it in a rough manner for a stylish organic look. Add decorations to the corners to make your furoshiki creations look magnificent.

 

Decorating

You can use dyes, fabric pens and fabric paints for decorating while using recycled bed sheets.

This DIY furoshiki wrapping technique will blow your mind once you start using it!

 

Let’s start with apple wrap using furoshiki fabric.  Place the fabric on the table. Now place the apple in the middle of the furoshiki.

 

 

 

– Now tie a square knot with corners A and B.

– Next you have to place corners C and D through the hole created by the square knot. It is the trickiest part so be careful!

– After that, you have to twist the D and C corners and make a square knot at the top of the circle. That’s all!

 


Here is a short video about using furoshiki Japanese fabric for wrapping gifts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn6zdyCAwJs

 

unicorn and star Cosmo oxford fabric in light blue

unicorn and star Cosmo oxford fabric in light blue

multicolor squiggle oxford fabric by Kokka

multicolor squiggle oxford fabric by Kokka

cream Cosmo fabric with circles and flowers

cream Cosmo fabric with circles and flowers

Rilakkuma promotion at 7-Eleven Hong Kong!

Did you know that Rilakkuma turned 15 this fall?  In order to celebrate his birthday, 7-Eleven stores in Hong Kong are offering a promotion during October, with some very cute items featuring this most kawaii of toy bears and his friends Korilakkuma, Kiiroitori and Kogumachan! 

Check out some images of the Rilakkuma products available for redemption, which include mini bags in four different designs, one for each San-X character of the series.  They are made of silicone, which is both soft and sturdy, and look really cool: you can wear them on your wrist or carry them in a bag. 

Other amazing items included in the promotion are big Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma plush toys, where our favourite lazy bear and his mischievous friend lay on their tummies, a honey jar and picnic bag within easy reach!

Are you new to Rilakkuma?  Welcome to one of the most popular characters in Japan!  San-X‘s Aki Kondo created this ever-chilled-out toy bear in 2003, while hoping for a more relaxing life.  It quickly became a hit, and the “Relax bear” has since appeared in picture books, games, cartoons etc.  Have you ever felt the need to slow down, too?

We are loving the items of this promotion! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

We are loving the items of this promotion! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

This is a great little bag to carry knick knacks in! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

This is a great little bag to carry knick knacks in! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

Are you a Korilakkuma fan? Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

Are you a Korilakkuma fan? Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

Don't forget about Kogumachan! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

Don’t forget about Kogumachan! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

This Kiiroitori bag is adorable. Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

This Kiiroitori bag is adorable. Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

How cute is this brush? Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

How cute is this brush? Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

We need one of these please! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

We need one of these please! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

What a lovely plush! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

What a lovely plush! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

Super cute! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

Super cute! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

Our Exclusive Mind Wave Stationery SALE starts now!!

Check out our EXCLUSIVE Mind Wave Stationery sale, which starts NOW! If you love KAWAII stationery, then this sale is exactly what you need! We won’t be restocking items that sell out so make sure to get the goodies you want before they’re gone for good!! This sale ONLY lasts until November 13th.

We have a new Mind Wave Stationery SALE!

We have a new Mind Wave Stationery SALE!

Here’s a free sewing pattern for a mini balloon bag!

Wondering what your next sewing project should be? Then we have the ideal free sewing pattern for you! This pattern is for a lovely mini balloon bag. This bag is perfect for day to day purposes, to carry around snacks or other small items, to use at work etc. Plus it’s super stylish! You could make this for yourself, or as a gift for someone. This fabulous pattern uses stunning Kokka fabric.

We’ve included some Japanese fabric suggestions in this post, to help you get started on this adorable bag project. Please do send us photos of what you sew with our fabrics, we’d love to see and share them!

 

Want to learn how to make this bag? You can with this free pattern!

Want to learn how to make this bag? You can with this free pattern!

dark periwinkle unicorn oxford fabric by Kokka from Japan

dark periwinkle unicorn oxford fabric by Kokka from Japan

Kokka oxford fabric with animals and trains

Kokka oxford fabric with animals and trains

peach-pink animal oxford fabric by Kokka from Japan

peach-pink animal oxford fabric by Kokka from Japan

oxford fabric with Easter bunny rabbits by Kokka

oxford fabric with Easter bunny rabbits by Kokka

owl budgie bird animal yellow oxford fabric by Kokka

owl budgie bird animal yellow oxford fabric by Kokka

cat animal oxford natural color with colorful flower fabric by Kokka

cat animal oxford natural color with colorful flower fabric by Kokka

blue Oxford fabric small black bird animal from Japan

blue Oxford fabric small black bird animal from Japan

cream Oxford fabric small black cat animal from Japan

cream Oxford fabric small black cat animal from Japan

light cream Lecien oxford fabric giraffe hedgehog bear animal

light cream Lecien oxford fabric giraffe hedgehog bear animal

green with cute funny panda animal oxford fabric from Japan

green with cute funny panda animal oxford fabric from Japan

mauve cute owl animal circle hexagon Oxford fabric from Japan

mauve cute owl animal circle hexagon Oxford fabric from Japan

A Review of our Iwako Erasers!

Check out this fun YouTube video review by Eraser Fan, showing off lots of adorable Iwako erasers she got from our shop, including all sorts of kawaii animal erasers! Which ones in her video do you like the best? Let us know!

 

red piano grand piano eraser by Iwako from Japan

red piano grand piano eraser by Iwako from Japan

yellow chick in egg eraser by Iwako from Japan

yellow chick in egg eraser by Iwako from Japan

Yakisoba eraser by Iwako from Japan

Yakisoba eraser by Iwako from Japan

white tiger eraser by Iwako from Japan

white tiger eraser by Iwako from Japan

cute pink seal eraser from Japan by Iwako

cute pink seal eraser from Japan by Iwako

blue stapler school supplies eraser by Iwako from Japan

blue stapler school supplies eraser by Iwako from Japan

mini Pocky eraser from Japan by Iwako

mini Pocky eraser from Japan by Iwako

pink waffle cone eraser French Pastry from Japan

pink waffle cone eraser French Pastry from Japan

brown doughnut eraser French Pastry

brown doughnut eraser French Pastry

cute giraffe Japanese eraser from Iwako

cute giraffe Japanese eraser from Iwako

grey Triceratops eraser by Iwako from Japan

grey Triceratops eraser by Iwako from Japan

cute piggy Japanese eraser from Iwako

cute piggy Japanese eraser from Iwako

orange macaroon eraser French Pastry from Japan

orange macaroon eraser French Pastry from Japan

orange kangaroo eraser by Iwako from Japan

orange kangaroo eraser by Iwako from Japan

Dango Mochi eraser from Japan by Iwako

Dango Mochi eraser from Japan by Iwako

blue Japanese Kokeshi dolls eraser flowers from Japan

blue Japanese Kokeshi dolls eraser flowers from Japan

Chinese dumplings eraser from Japan by Iwako

Chinese dumplings eraser from Japan by Iwako

red bean green tea shaved ice dessert eraser by Iwako

red bean green tea shaved ice dessert eraser by Iwako

Hobby Show 2018 (Part 2)

Continuing with the Hobby Show in Tokyo, Sandra and Alan took lots of photos of the arts and crafts item: UV resin. This item is extremely popular amongst individuals who enjoy creating charms, costume jewellery etc. At the exhibition, an LED UV lamp was also on display, to show how it can be used to help quickly dry resin after it’s been placed in a mold. Given the lamp’s clever design, it can also be placed on its side to help dry resin in other directions. Live demonstrations were held to show how useful this lamp is for DIY enthusiasts. UV resin comes in several colors, as you can see in the images, meaning DIY enthusiasts can create all sorts of little items in a wide variety of colors!

Lots of super cute charms in the shapes of horses, birds etc., and jewellery were on display, and all of these were made from resin! Don’t they look amazing?

Horse charms made from resin

Horse charms made from resin

Little pieces of jewellery, also made of resin

Little pieces of jewellery, also made of resin

Check out these little decorative items!

Check out these little decorative items!

The LED UV lamp in action

The LED UV lamp in action

Resin and the lamp

Resin and the lamp

Resin tow ork with

Resin to work with

Resin comes in many colors

Resin comes in many colors

What a cute display!

What a cute display!

A live demonstration showing people how to use resin

A live demonstration showing people how to use resin

Curious attendees!

Curious attendees!

What a display!

What a display!

Look at all that jewellery!

Look at all that jewellery!

Check out the demo!

Check out the demo!

This looks fun!

This looks fun!

Getting the lamp ready

Getting the lamp ready

Wow!

Wow!

People enjoyed the demo a lot!

People enjoyed the demo a lot!

Join our Fabric Giveaway with Japanese Sewing Books!

We have a new giveaway running with the wonderful Japanese Sewing Books! To find out how to enter, head on over to their site for more details. The winner will receive 4 gorgeous Cosmo fabrics from Japan (and each fabric is 1 meter long!).

Make sure to also check out the SUPER CUTE little Christmas ornaments and pouches they made using our delightful Christmas fabrics! Take a look at some pictures right here.

Join our Christmas Fabric Giveaway with Japanese Sewing Books!

Join our Christmas Fabric Giveaway with Japanese Sewing Books!

Aren't these Christmas ornaments adorable?

Aren’t these Christmas ornaments adorable?

Kawaii and creative!

Kawaii and creative!

We simply LOVE these little pouches!

We simply LOVE these little pouches!

Adorable and practical!

Adorable and practical!

Tokyo Trip: Creativity on Display

When wrapping up their trip to Tokyo, modeS4u’s Managing Director and IT Manager, Sandra and Alan, came across the works of some very talented designers who work with DIY products.  The first artist, Kuroda Tsubasa, uses pom poms to create realistic looking cats and dogs! The second artist is Nakayama Midori, who uses felt to also create very realistic furry friends. Check out some fun images of their work here!

Image from Kuroda Tsubasa

Image from Kuroda Tsubasa

Image from Kuroda Tsubasa

Image from Kuroda Tsubasa

Image from Kuroda Tsubasa

Image from Kuroda Tsubasa

Image from Kuroda Tsubasa

Image from Kuroda Tsubasa

Image from Kuroda Tsubasa

Image from Kuroda Tsubasa

Image from Kuroda Tsubasa

Image from Kuroda Tsubasa

Image from Nakayama Midori

Image from Nakayama Midori

Image from Nakayama Midori

Image from Nakayama Midori

Image from Nakayama Midori

Image from Nakayama Midori

Image from Nakayama Midori

Image from Nakayama Midori

Image from Nakayama Midori

Image from Nakayama Midori

Image from Nakayama Midori

Image from Nakayama Midori

Image from Nakayama Midori

Image from Nakayama Midori

Tokyo Trip: Kawaii Monster Cafe

Continuing with their trip to Tokyo, Sandra and Alan (modeS4u’s Managing Director and IT Manager respectively) also took a look at the incredibly colorful Kawaii Monster Cafe, which features some of the most creative and wackiest interior design we’ve ever seen! Many of the cafe’s displays looked like giant dessert figurines, whilst the walls were adorned with colorful macarons. There were amazing flower structures along the booths too! Check out some amazing pictures right here.

Incredible displays

Incredible displays

Very creative designs!

Very creative designs!

So much color everywhere!

So much color everywhere!

Even the food is super colorful!

Even the food is super colorful!

What a creative burger!

What a creative burger!

More stunning displays

More stunning displays

A dessert that looks too good to eat!

A dessert that looks too good to eat!

This dessert is so much fun to look at!

This dessert is so much fun to look at!

Those are the biggest macarons we've ever seen

Those are the biggest macarons we’ve ever seen

A very creative design here!

A very creative design here!

Really fun booth designs

Really fun booth designs

Color and creativity

Color and creativity

What do you think of the designs here?

What do you think of the designs here?

Wow!

Wow!

Tokyo Trip: Squishies Galore!

During their trip to Japan earlier this year, Sandra and Alan (modeS4u’s Managing Director and IT Manager respectively), stopped by shops to check out some of the newest squishies available! From colorful Hello Kitty squishies to Cafe de N ones, it was certainly a visual treat to see all those squishies at once. Check out some fun pictures here!

Hello Kitty and Sanrio squishies on display

Hello Kitty and Sanrio squishies on display

Fun food squishies

Fun food squishies

A panda squishy

A panda squishy

A penguin squishy

A penguin squishy

Funny faces!

Funny faces!

Miffy Squishies

Miffy Squishies

More fun food squishies

More fun food squishies

Food squishies everywhere!

Food squishies everywhere!

So kawaii!

So kawaii!

Sanrio squishies

Sanrio squishies

Cafe de N squishies

Cafe de N squishies

Time to win a squishy!

Time to win a squishy!