Saturday, 5 December 2009

Japanese Wrapping Cloth

My friend Ivone, who has Japanese heritage, gave me this really pretty fabric to make a furoshiki (or 'Japanese wrapping cloth'). Measuring about one metre square and a lovely soft but densely woven fabric this is beautiful. I spent a rainy afternoon hand stitching the edge.

Throwing anything away in Japan is a costly business so reuseable wrappings are essential! Ladies in Japan have stacks of these, including vintage hand-me-downs. You can use them for wrapping presents, transporting small packages and beautifully wrapping a caserole dish for your pot-luck lunch. Then take the furoshiki home again ready for the next time!

Here's how I wrapped a couple of books

Watch this video for even more ideas!!

Furoshiki gift wrapping from RecycleNow on Vimeo.

Have fun with this idea!


We are fast approaching the second Sunday of Advent. Here is another little reflection which I would like to share with you.

Growing in the Virtue of Patience
Where there is patience and humility,
There is neither anger nor disturbance.

St Francis of Assisi

Let them pay attention to what they must desire above all else:
to have the Spirit of the Lord and Its holy activity,
to pray always to Him with a pure heart,
to have humility and patience in persecution and infirmity.
St Francis of Assisi

Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. James 5:7-8

Lord, in our society of instant gratification, patience is not a cultivated virtue. Remind me that I do not need to immediately have all the things I long for and all the answers to my questions. In the waiting, we often learn much about ourselves, come to a greater awareness of what is truly important in life, and gain a better appreciation for the things we must await.


If you are enjoying the advent posts and want to read more from St Francis here is the ISBN number 978-0-7648-1756-4 of the little paperback I have been reading from.


  1. Hi Ros, these are brilliant I have seen them before somewhere ???? but you have them here and such great info on them too. Well done indeed. Your Advent Info is also well done, thanks Ros. I need to learn a little patience methinks!!!!!!
    lol Jan xx

  2. Thank you Ros for reminding us about patience. In the world of cyberspace there are so many new things to discover and it we sometimes need this reminder that not everything needs to be done, or tried at once. Lovely words.

  3. I just realised that the wrapping cloth was part of this post. Beautiful ideas, thanks for sharing.

  4. I love the Japanese wrapping cloth! I don't buy wrapping paper. I've sometimes used fabric from my stash for wrapping presents.

  5. So very pretty! The Japanese cloth would make any gift that much more special. And thank you for the reminders to be patient - how timely we need to be just that at this time of the year.
    Have a good week!