Here are some of our favorite fabric gift wrap tutorials. Wrapping presents with fabric, tea towels, scarves, handkerchiefs, or napkins is a wonderful way to make a gift even more special. The wrapping becomes part of the gift! What’s more, it’s eco-friendly because there’s no paper or plastic for the landfills. I’ve rounded up 10 tutorials showing ways to wrap gifts with fabric. They’re all no-sew, so all you have to do is learn a few folding techniques. But first, a little cultural insight into the origins of wrapping items with fabric.
Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth. It’s used to wrap or transport gifts, food, or other goods. The cloths come in a variety of fabrics and are folded with origami-like techniques. Korea’s version of these wrapping cloths is called Bojagi (or Pojagi or Bojaki.) The cloths are often made with a patchwork technique that makes them reversible. Since I’m a quilter, I have tried my hand at Korean patchwork with great success. I hope that if I wrap a gift in one of my lovely bojagis, the recipient will like the cloth as much as the gift inside!
The first tutorial for wrapping gifts with fabric comes from Bloglovin’. It’s a very basic technique that can easily be accomplished by anyone who can tie an overhand knot.
TheKitchn has a similar wrap, but it’s customized for gifts for the kitchen. I love how they used a kitchen towel for the gift wrap and added wooden spoons in the bow. What a great way to wrap up a cook book, eh?
Home Gifts Made Easy has several unique gift wrapping ideas. Instead of a bow on top, the corners were twisted into a handle!
Brittany, a gift blogger for The Merriment Blog, has several fabric gift wrap ideas. My favorite is this tea towel wrapped around jelly jars and secured with ribbons on each end. It reminds me of a party popper.
Dawn from Joyful Scribblings likes to wrap presents with tea towels, too. Just look at all the ways you can wrap gifts up!
Over at CNN.com, you can check out a cool way to gift wrap wine bottles. Dish towels are much classier than mylar bags and make wonderful hostess gifts.
Erin from Cotton And Flax has a unique way of wrapping a wine bottle. Doesn’t this wrap remind you of a Japanese robe?
Marcella from My Crafty Spot has great instructions for turning a dish towel into a carrier for two bottles of wine.
Here’s a great Furoshiki fold for wrapping up books from Rakuten. This handy package doubles as a book carrier.
Here’s a traditional Korean gift wrapping technique using a double-sided bojagi cloth. Korean 1st Birthday suggests that, if you don’t have an authentic bojagi cloth, use a pretty scarf instead.
I hope you enjoyed these fabric gift wrap tutorials. If you’re interested in other fabric folds, check out Furoshiki.com. You’ll find scores of different gift folding techniques suitable for items of all shapes and sizes. If you’re thinking about using fancy napkins for gift wrapping, check out Bright Settings’ gorgeous collection of Sheers & Fancies. I especially like Twinkle with its embroidered swirls and glittering “crystals.” It comes in 9 bright colors. We’d be happy to send you free sample swatches of any of these fabulous fabrics. (Just pay $1.95 for shipping.) Order them online or call us at 1-800-327-6025 during business hours. If you use one of these beautiful fabric napkins, your gift wrapping may end up being the best part of your present!