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We caught up with Jane Rawlings, MV Co-Founder and crafting enthusiast, on homemade coconut balls and fuss-free gift wrapping.
With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, homemade gifting has never seemed more appealing. Here at MV, we’re thinking outside the box (pun intended) and trying out the art of Furoshiki wrapping (an ancient Japanese practice that can not only be used to package just about anything but can also help you save money and the environment).
Furoshiki wrapping is favoured for its Eco-friendly qualities and as part of our ongoing conscious efforts, we are always looking to discover new ways we can be more environmentally mindful. Furoshiki wrapping is a reusable, sustainable alternative method to traditional wrapping paper and plastic-coated gift bags that end up in landfill. Convenient, charming and cost-effective — it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Jane says: “If I have the time, I love to give handmade gifts – it’s a lot more personal. I recently discovered the Japanese art of Furoshiki. It’s such a stylish yet oh-so-simple way of gift-wrapping, which also carries a story — the linen I used was left over from favour bags I made for my wedding. To keep with the theme of sustainability, I also used biodegradable boxes to store my homemade chocolate coconut balls as seen below.”
So, want to master the art of Furoshiki? Keep reading. Here, Jane illustrates a step-by-step guide. Ready, steady, wrap…
First things first, you have to choose your fabric. There are lots of affordable and friendly ways to source your Furoshiki wrapping cloth and many common items you can probably already find lying around your home:
Be sure to remember:
The cloth should be about three times the size of the object that’s being wrapped.
Choose the fabric carefully. Thin fabric won’t be strong enough to hold the gifting and may reveal what’s inside. If the fabric is too thick, it’ll be very difficult to tie the ends. Titbit: cotton is favourable because of its durable and flexible qualities or you could even choose to consider sewing a liner on the inside of the desired fabric for extra stability.
Place the object diagonally in the centre of the cloth.
Fold the top and bottom corner in two triangles and fold over to cover the object.
Next, draw up the corners of the longer part of fabric on either sides of the gift, making sure the fabric is tight.
Finally, tie the two opposite corners together twice so that it knots and there you have it.
If you didn’t manage to follow those steps — we’ve got you covered. Watch the below video with Jane to guide you through.
For those of you who are unable to think of anything other than the chocolate coconut balls (guilty), just follow the same sugar-free, vegan recipe Jane used — you’re welcome.