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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