How To Wrap Gifts With Fabric

Japanese Fabric Gift Wrapping Technique - Easy!

The other day, I was walking Kona when I heard a voice from above saying, “Hi! Up here!” It wasn’t a divine presence, but it was a neighbor I’d bumped into several times in the hallway. We’d never officially met because I’m always ushering Kona quickly out onto the lawn while she’s herding her 2-year-old twins toward their condo, but now she was cleaning her windows and I was right outside of them. We had a delightful little chat and I left feeling glad to know her.

Fast forward to Sunday, when James discovered that he had lost his iPhone. We searched high and low but found nothing. Several hours later, we got a knock on the door and that same neighbor was standing outside. “Did you lose something?” she asked. She had picked up the phone from the parking lot earlier and when she saw my name come up as a text she knew it belonged to us. Well, it’s a good thing we met that day! Maybe it was divine intervention after all.

To thank her, I cooked up some sweet cornbread. Maybe it’s an indication that I’ve been doing too much blogging lately, but it looked so sad in the boring old tupperware. So I used a great graphic napkin from West Elm and wrapped it up Japanese-style. Since I’m guessing lots of us will be giving food gifts over the next few months, I put together a little tutorial. It’s really easy to execute, and lovely to look at.

Japanese Fabric Gift Wrapping Technique - Easy!

1. Place your square tupperware (or box) in the middle of the napkin (or any other large square piece of fabric) at a diagonal.

Japanese Fabric Gift Wrapping Technique - Easy!

2. Lift the top and bottom corners and knot them in the middle.

Japanese Fabric Gift Wrapping Technique - Easy!

3. Then lift the left and right corners and knot them on top of the first knot. The four ends should point in different directions like petals on a flower.

The trick is to use a large enough piece of fabric so that you can easily make the knots. Easy, right? People love getting gifts wrapped in fabric — there’s something luxurious about it — but it’s also SO easy. Bonus: it’s environmentally friendly because fabric can be used over and over!

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  1. I’m a sucker for fab gift wrapping and the eco-friendly bit totally makes this even better! I’m going to start hunting or pretty fabric now!

  2. My mom has always wrapped gifts in fabric, could be because she’s a fiber artist – so I love this post Joy, a good reminder for me to do the same!

  3. Gorgeous fabric! I love this!

  4. Aw, this reminds me of my mom. She used to wrap up our picnic bento boxes the very same way. I bet you can guess what wonderful Japanese treats were inside. šŸ™‚ (ps~Been away for awhile and missed so much fabulous stuff!) xo

    • I’m hungry just thinking about your mom’s beautiful picnic bento! And I was JUST thinking about you. We have to catch up!

  5. Beautiful fabric and a wonderful eco-friendly option. I’ve just discovered your blog and have added it to my Feedly. You can just tell when you’re going to like being a regular reader šŸ™‚

  6. Furoshiki!
    I just LOVE that fabric. Gorgeous! Wrapping with fabric definitely makes the package so much cuter!

  7. What a sweet gift for your neighbor! Love the gift wrapping too. If you ever order gift wrapping for an item from Tea Collection online, they wrap it furoshiki style!

  8. So beautiful, eco friendly, and a perfect way to gift tea towels or scarves!

  9. Joy!
    OMG, I love this!!! I am always giving out food and figuring out ways to make the package or tupperware look prettier and LOVE that it’s environmentally friendly! Loved the story about your neighbor. . in my book, it’s always good to know the people living around you. . !! šŸ™‚

  10. yay! beautiful, simple post, joy! – my sister’s mother-in-law is japanese and she is always gifting things in beautiful cloth, and when she brings food to potlucks she does the same – love this. xo

  11. Terrific idea Joy! : ) I don’t know if anyone’s mentioned this, but Anthro is a great place to get some pretty cool looking fabrics (for this kind of idea) during their giant sales. I’ve bought some there (for $2.50) each and made throw pillows with them! Love, love, love random fabric pieces. So much you can do.

  12. What a lovely way to wrap a gift šŸ™‚ Beautiful photos, Joy!

  13. This is lovely, and so practical, too!

  14. Joy, this is so simple and lovely! I’ve always stuck to paper gift wraps. But after seeing this, I’m gonna e trying a lot of fabric gift wraps:-)

  15. Sheer brilliance. I love the napkin that you used. It also means she had “something for now, something for later”.

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