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Are you looking for an eco-friendly way to wrap presents? Instead of using wrapping paper that you throw away when you wrap gifts, use the Japanese art of fabric folding, Furoshiki. Fabric folding can be used to wrap a present, carry a platter of cookies, create a holder for a houseplant or wrap a wine bottle.
Eco-Friendly Way to Wrap Presents
You can use fabric from your craft closet, new fabric you purchase at the craft store, a vintage scarf or even a bandana! I am using a pretty blue and black scarf to wrap a box of chocolates for my Mom for Mother’s Day. This particular wrap is called the basic carry wrap. There are a lot of other types of fabric wraps for different shaped and sized items.
1. Select a scarf or piece of fabric large enough to use as a wrap.
2. Position the gift so that a corner of the wrap is exposed at the bottom and fold up.
3. Roll the gift upwards until there is only a small corner of the wrap exposed. Then flip it forward.
4. Pinch the sides tightly and bring firmly toward the center and tie a knot making sure that bottom corner shows out in the middle.
5. Present your gift and either let the recipient keep the wrap or take it home to use again. Try this for Mother’s Day and wrap your present with a pretty scarf for Mom. I found this project in Furoshiki Fabric Wraps. There are all sorts of folds you can create including some that will make a cute handbag or even a basket wrap. Start with plain muslin and have your kids decorate it with eco-friendly markers.
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