How to Tie a Furoshiki

Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that has been used for centuries to carry and transport items of all shapes and sizes. The cloth can be used to wrap gifts, transport groceries or other items, or even as a fashionable accessory.

One of the greatest benefits of furoshiki is its versatility, as the wrapping technique can be adjusted to fit the item being wrapped. In this blog post, we will explore the basic techniques of how to tie a furoshiki.

The first step in tying a furoshiki is to choose the appropriate size of cloth for the item you wish to wrap. Furoshiki cloths come in a variety of sizes, from small to large, so be sure to choose one that is large enough to comfortably wrap the item.

Once you have chosen the appropriate size of cloth, lay it out on a flat surface with the patterned side facing down. Place the item you wish to wrap in the center of the cloth. The type of item you are wrapping will determine the wrapping technique you should use.

  • Bottle Wrapping

    Wrapping a wine bottle with a furoshiki using the Bin Tsutsumi method is a simple and elegant way to give a special touch to your gift. To start:

    1. Lay your furoshiki on a flat surface with the patterned side facing down.
    2. Place the wine bottle in the center of the cloth.
    3. Then, bring theĀ bottom and top cornersĀ of the cloth to the center andĀ tie at the top.
    4. Take the remaining corners, or wings, and wrap them around the bottle, crossing them and joining them at the front.
    5. Secure with a final bow.Ā 

    The bin tsutsumi method creates a neat and secure package, making it the perfect way to present a bottle of wine as a gift.

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  • Yotsu Musubi Simple Bow

    The Musubi method is a versatile way of tying a furoshiki that can be used to wrap a wide variety of items. To tie a furoshiki using the musubi method:

    1. Begin by laying the cloth out on a flat surface with the patterned side facing down.
    2. Place the item you wish to wrap in the center of the cloth, and then bring the left and right sides of the cloth to the center, overlapping them slightly.
    3. Next, tie the overlapping corners of the cloth together with a simple knot, forming a neat package.

    This method can be used to wrap small to medium-sized items such as a loaf of bread or a book.

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  • Tesage Bukuro Bag Method

    The Tesage Bukuro method is a versatile way to wrap small to medium-sized items into a little bag using a furoshiki. To tie a furoshiki using the Tesage Bukuro method:

    1. Begin by laying the cloth out on a flat surface with the patterned side facing down.
    2. Place the item you wish to wrap in the center of the cloth and gather the corners of the cloth together, bringing the edges up around the object.
    3. Next, tie the corners of the cloth together with a simple knot, forming a bag-like package.

    This method is perfect for wrapping small items such as jewelry or even a small bag, it creates a neat and secure package while showcasing the furoshiki's design.

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  • Tesage Bukuro bag furoshiki tutorial

    Alternate Bag Method

    For this Tesage Bukuro method:

    1. Start with a square furoshiki. Place it on a flat surface with the pattern facing up.
    2. Bring two opposite corners of the furoshiki together to fold it in half, creating a triangle shape.
    3. Tie a knot with the two corners of the triangle, leaving a small opening at the top.
    4. Turn the furoshiki over, so the pattern is now facing up.
    5. Take the two remaining corners and tie them together in a knot, creating the handles of the bag.
    6. Twist the handles and secure at the top with a double-knot.

    And voila! You've successfully tied a furoshiki into a different kind of bag.

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  • Kousa Tsutsumi Two Bow Style

    The Kousa Tsutsumi method is a basic technique for wrapping a square or rectangular object using a furoshiki. To tie a furoshiki using the tsutsumi method:

    • Lay it flat printed side down.
    • Place your object in the middle diagonally.
    • Pull the top right corner to the centre.
    • Repeat with the bottom right corner and make a bow.
    • Take the top left corner and thread it under the bow.
    • Then wrap under the bow toward the center.
    • Pull the bottom left corner to the center and make a second bow.

    This method is perfect for wrapping books, boxes, and other similar items.

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  • Yotsu Musubi with Flower Knot

    This technique is nearly identical to theĀ original Yotsu Musubi, but with a little decorative element at the end.

    1. Lay your furoshiki printed side down and turn so it is in a diagonal shape.
    2. Place your gift in the center of the furoshiki cloth, ensuring that all four corners are equidistant from the edges.
    3. Take two opposite corners of the cloth and tie them together in a double knot, securing the gift inside.
    4. Pull the remaining corners to the center, neatly tucking in the fabric to get a nice crease like with regular wrapping paper.
    5. Tie the fabric at the center with an elastic band
    6. Tuck in the fabric to make two little puffs. Fan them out to make a flower shape.
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  • Hon Tsutsumi with Flower Knot

    This technique is great to wrap two books or two items of the same size.

    1. Place the furoshiki fabric on a flat surface, pattern side down and turn it to a diagonal shape.
    2. Position your gifts in the center of the fabric, leaving a few inches between them.
    3. Tuck one corner of the fabric around the gift and roll the gift towards the center.
    4. Repeat step 3 on the other side.Ā 
    5. Turn the furoshiki so the two remaining corners are left and right.Ā 
    6. Fold these towards the center, crossing them over each other.
    7. Fold the first box over the second and stand it upright.Ā 
    8. Gather the fabric ends in the center and tie with an elastic band.
    9. Tuck the ends into the elastic to create two puffs and fan them out to make a flower.
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  • Small Bottle Wrapping

    This alternate Bin Tstutsumi method is great for smaller bottles and jars.

    1. Start by laying the furoshiki flat on a clean surface, with the patterned side facing down.
    2. Place the item you want to wrap in the center of the furoshiki.
    3. TakeĀ the bottom corner and wrap it over your object and tuck it all the way under the item.
    4. Take the top corner and fold it over the item.Ā 
    5. Take the two remaining corners, or wings, and wrap them around the item, crossing them, and joining them at the front.Ā 
    6. Finish it off with a bow.
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