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

Get a FREE SEWING PATTERN for a small bag and placemat!

We know how much you love kawaii sewing projects, which is why we simply HAD to share this awesome FREE SEWING PATTERN for a placemat and small bag! These lovely items are made from Kokka fabrics. Aren’t they perfect as bento accessories?

You’ll find more suggestions here of Japanese fabrics you can use for this sewing project. If you make it, please do send us pictures! We’d love to see and share what you’ve created!

You can make these with this awesome free sewing pattern!

You can make these with this awesome free sewing pattern!

colorful Japanese canvas fabric by Kokka with flowers and shapes

colorful Japanese canvas fabric by Kokka with flowers and shapes

colorful forest animal Kokka oxford fabric

colorful forest animal Kokka oxford fabric

Japanese canvas fabric by Kokka with birds

Japanese canvas fabric by Kokka with birds

French bulldog natural color canvas fabric by Kokka

French bulldog natural color canvas fabric by Kokka

Kokka oxford fabric with animals and trains

Kokka oxford fabric with animals and trains

oxford fabric with Easter bunny rabbits by Kokka

oxford fabric with Easter bunny rabbits by Kokka

flower nani Iro linen fabric by Kokka in teal

flower nani Iro linen fabric by Kokka in teal

dog canvas fabric yellow Kokka with stripe

dog canvas fabric yellow Kokka with stripe

pattern food structured square rectangle Kokka Dobby fabric

pattern food structured square rectangle Kokka Dobby fabric

Win 10 gorgeous Kokka and echino fabrics in our new giveaway!

We have a new giveaway featuring stunning Kokka fabrics and echino fabrics! 1 winner will receive a bundle with 10 free Japanese fabrics! Each fabric is approximately 50cm in length, which means about 5 meters in total!

Here’s how to join the giveaway:

– Go to the Kokka fabrics page of our website, find your favorite fabric and copy its link. Then come back to this blog post, and leave a comment with the link of your selected fabric pasted in. Done!

Just make sure to leave your correct email address when posting, as we will be contacting the winner via email. This giveaway is open worldwide and runs until October 31.

Remember to check out our amazing sale on Kokka and echino fabrics here! We expect fabrics to sell out fast and we won’t be restocking them, so make sure to get your favorite designs before they’re gone for good. This sale only last until the end of this month!

Join our giveaway to win 10 stunning Japanese fabrics!

Join our giveaway to win 10 stunning Japanese fabrics!

Free sewing pattern for a reversible apron!

Need a new apron to use when you’re cooking or doing arts and crafts projects? With this free sewing pattern, you’ll be able to make your very own reversible apron! Isn’t it fun? This particular apron was made with gorgeous Kokka fabrics.

We have more Japanese fabric suggestions here in this post, if you’re looking to make your own apron! We’d love to see pictures of what you create, if you decide to give this a go!

Learn how to make this apron!

Learn how to make this apron!

Kokka canvas fabric with French bulldogs

Kokka canvas fabric with French bulldogs

dog canvas fabric yellow Kokka with stripe

dog canvas fabric yellow Kokka with stripe

dog animal French Bulldog transport Canvas pink-mauve fabric by Kokka Japan

dog animal French Bulldog transport Canvas pink-mauve fabric by Kokka Japan

natural color Canvas fabric with dog animal by Kokka Japan

natural color Canvas fabric with dog animal by Kokka Japan

bag canvas fabric by Kokka in green

bag canvas fabric by Kokka in green

flower canvas fabric in black by Kokka

flower canvas fabric in black by Kokka

red circle canvas fabric natural color by Kokka

red circle canvas fabric natural color by Kokka

cat animal mirror item Canvas fabric blue by Kokka Japan

cat animal mirror item Canvas fabric blue by Kokka Japan

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

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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

Quilt Market 2018 in Portland, USA (Part 3)

To wrap up this summary of Sandra and Alan’s trip to the Quilt Market in Portland, USA, we’ll take a look at a few more suppliers they came across. There were stunning displays by Cloud 9, Kiyohara, Kokka and Trans-Pacific Textiles, showing off all sorts of gorgeous fabrics as well as items made from some of them. These included super cute bags, dresses and more!

After all was said and done, Sandra, Alan and Mason hung out with the team from Cloud 9! Overall, this was a great event with fabric suppliers going all out to show off exciting new designs, many of which you will see in our shop soon. Make sure to keep an eye out for them!

A shiba inu design from Trans-Pacific Textiles

A shiba inu design from Trans-Pacific Textiles

Another kawaii piece from Trans-Pacific Textiles

Another kawaii piece from Trans-Pacific Textiles

Kiyohara's booth display

Kiyohara’s booth display

Aren't their items stunning?

Aren’t their items stunning?

Which item do you like best?

Which item do you like best?

These pillows, outfits and bags are so kawaii!

These pillows, outfits and bags are so kawaii!

More Kiyohara items

More Kiyohara items

We love these matching items!

We love these matching items!

A lovely dress made from nani iro fabric

A lovely dress made from nani iro fabric

Oodles of bags made from Kokka fabrics

Oodles of bags made from Kokka fabrics

Kokka's display

Kokka’s display

Organic fabrics from Cloud 9

Organic fabrics from Cloud 9

Sandra, Alan and Mason hanging out with the Cloud 9 team!

Sandra, Alan and Mason hanging out with the Cloud 9 team!

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Whether you order cute stationery, beautiful knit fabric, or other awesome items, you’ll get this lovely free gift!

You can get a kawaii Iwako eraser for FREE with your order!

You can get a kawaii Iwako eraser for FREE with your order!

NEW GIVEAWAY from modes4u.com!!

Want to win your FAVORITE item from modes4u.com? Then you need to join this giveaway!

Enter to win your favorite product from modes4u.com!

Enter to win your favorite product from modes4u.com!

How to enter the giveaway:

– Go to our shop, modes4u.com, locate your favorite product and copy its link. Next, come back to this blog post, and post a comment with the link pasted in.

You stand a chance to win the product you choose! Please do leave your correct email address so we may contact you if you win.

This giveaway will end on Monday (June 18) at 10pm Hong Kong time. We will randomly select the winner and contact them by email. The winner needs to claim their prize within 48 hours, otherwise it will be forfeited.

This giveaway is also open WORLDWIDE! What do you want to win? Gorgeous Japanese fabric? Perhaps a squishy Yummiibear toy? Whatever you decide to choose, we wish you good luck!!

 

SAVE MORE on fabrics!

You can now SAVE MORE when you order fabrics from us! If you purchase 2 units of a single fabric, you’ll get 5% off. Buy 4 units of a fabric and you’ll get 10% off, and for 8 or more units of a fabric, you’ll get 15% off!

Go on and check out our range of stunning Japanese fabrics, beautiful organic fabrics, and others!

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SAVE MORE on fabrics!

navy blue Canvas fabric peacock bird animal gold metallic by Cotton and Steel

navy blue Canvas fabric peacock bird animal gold metallic by Cotton and Steel

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navy blue with wavy line flower gold metallic embellishment fabric from Japan

cream with fish animal flower gold metallic embellishment fabric from Japan

cream with fish animal flower gold metallic embellishment fabric from Japan

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beige green with flower gold metallic embellishment fabric from Japan

white fabric with shiba inu dog landmark from Japan

white fabric with shiba inu dog landmark from Japan

pink with fox animal flower organic poplin fabric from the USA

pink with fox animal flower organic poplin fabric from the USA

marigold yellow with farmhouse animal organic poplin fabric from the USA

marigold yellow with farmhouse animal organic poplin fabric from the USA

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blue with bird animal flower organic poplin fabric from the USA

light cream with mushroom flower organic poplin fabric from the USA

light cream with mushroom flower organic poplin fabric from the USA

yellow grey shape laminate organic fabric by Cloud 9 Simpatico

yellow grey shape laminate organic fabric by Cloud 9 Simpatico

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peach with dash Cloud 9 organic cotton fabric Gather

blue Cloud 9 wavy shape organic knit fabric Field Day

blue Cloud 9 wavy shape organic knit fabric Field Day

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black with colorful flower Cloud 9 organic cotton fabric Gather

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light blue with flower Cloud 9 organic corduroy fabric Dulcet

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navy blue with flower Cloud 9 organic corduroy fabric

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cream with leaf flower Cloud 9 organic cotton fabric Gather

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dark blue-grey colorful flower Cloud 9 organic cotton fabric Bohemian Garden

All New Echino Fabrics!

We recently got gorgeous new fabrics from Echino! These all new Japanese fabrics are exactly what you’d expect Echino fabrics to be: stunning, stylish and sophisticated! Have you made anything using Echino fabrics? If so, do let us know, we’d love to see what you’ve created.

Check out the new fabrics right here!

All New Echino Fabrics!

All New Echino Fabrics!

echino canvas fabric dark blue grey stripe rectangle shape Element

echino canvas fabric dark blue grey stripe rectangle shape Element

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echino canvas fabric natural color blue stripe rectangle shape Element

natural color echino canvas fabric with big green circle Standard

natural color echino canvas fabric with big green circle Standard

natural color echino canvas fabric with big blue circle Standard

natural color echino canvas fabric with big blue circle Standard

natural color lime echino canvas fabric with bird leaf Standard

natural color lime echino canvas fabric with bird leaf Standard

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natural color navy blue echino canvas fabric with bird leaf Standard

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natural color echino canvas fabric with black dots Standard

echino double gauze fabric with grey light cream stripe Line

echino double gauze fabric with grey light cream stripe Line

echino double gauze fabric with blue light cream stripe Line

echino double gauze fabric with blue light cream stripe Line

navy blue grey echino canvas fabric with square pattern Story

navy blue grey echino canvas fabric with square pattern Story

blue green echino canvas fabric with square pattern Story

blue green echino canvas fabric with square pattern Story

echino mustard yellow double gauze fabric with wold circle small triangle Den

echino mustard yellow double gauze fabric with wold circle small triangle Den

echino black double gauze fabric with wold circle small triangle Den

echino black double gauze fabric with wold circle small triangle Den

grey echino canvas fabric with blue dots Standard

grey echino canvas fabric with blue dots Standard

mustard yellow echino canvas fabric with natural color dots Standard

mustard yellow echino canvas fabric with natural color dots Standard

echino grey double gauze fabric with stag and dark blue shape

echino grey double gauze fabric with stag and dark blue shape

echino natural color double gauze fabric with stag and black shape

echino natural color double gauze fabric with stag and black shape