Posts tagged: eco-friendly wrapping cloth

New Book Covers, Pincushions and Chopstick Bags.

By , June 26, 2009 1:47 pm
Book Cover at

Book Cover at

Here is a new design for Book Covers I just put up on

Original hand stamped Denim Book Cover – Dog. Color: Blue stamped with white ink.
For Book Height: 18 cm (7 1/8 inches). Width is adjustable.

I used TinyShiny original stamp that I designed and carved myself.
Also I made different design and color Book Covers. Please check here!



Handmade Pincushions at

Handmade Pincushions at

Handmade Pincushions

I just created some new Pincushions

These are also designed and handmade by me. Size: about 4.5 cm (1 3/3 inches) square.
See Pincushions!




Handmade Chopstick Bags at

Handmade Chopstick Bag at

Handmade Chopstick Bags

I just created some new Chopstick Bags.

Put your Chopsticks or Utensils and take them with you.
These are also different designs.




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You can check out my Free Origami Projects with illustrated diagrams of classic origami shapes.

Furoshiki Bags

By , March 1, 2009 3:43 pm

TinyShiny Furoshiki

TinyShiny Furoshiki Suika Wrap

Furoshiki Suika Zutsumi (Watermelon wrap)

This method can be used to wrap round objects.
You have to tie the knot tight with Mamusubi technique.
Follow diagrams and instructions below.


TinyShiny Furoshiki Suika Wrap

Furoshiki Instant Shopping bag

This bag is quick and easy to make. Ues to carry all your stuff.
It can replace your regular plastic shopping bag.
It’s good for the environment!!

Follow diagrams and instructions below.


Go to Mamusubi Furoshiki Project

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Furoshiki – Traditional Japanese Wrapping Cloth

By , February 7, 2009 9:10 pm
Furoshiki cloth

Furoshiki wine red sakura cloth

Furoshiki  (風呂敷) is a square piece of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that was used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. Ancient furoshiki was made of natural materials, but Modern furoshiki can be made of a variety of cloth, including silk, cotton, rayon, and nylon.

The “Furoshiki” name means “bath spread”.

The origins of furoshiki date back to the Nara period (710 – 794 AD). It was used to wrap clothes at the Shosoin (a structure at the Todai temple in Nara, Japan).

In the Heian period (794-1185 AD), furoshiki was known as hirazutsumi, or a “flat folded bundle”.

In the Muromachi period (1338-1573), Shogun Ashikaga built a great bathhouse. It was a kind of steam bath with straw mats, wood, or cloth on the floor. The invited feudal lords used silk cloth that had been printed with their family crests’ to hold their clothes. These were used in order to keep each lord’s clothes separate and as a mat, after they finished bathing.

In Edo period (1603-1868) as public bathhouses became popular, the Furoshiki was used for spreading on the floor while undressing and for wrapping bathing articles and clothes to carry.

Furoshiki wrapped wine bottle and package

Furoshiki wrapped wine bottle and package

During this period, furoshiki became wildly popular among all social classes.
When cities developed, merchants used the furoshiki more and more to transport goods. Their merit was that they could wrap and carry any type of shape of goods.

Today, the Furoshiki has been replaced by modern bags and has lost its popularity as an everyday item.

It seems to be making a comeback though, and is very often given as a gift.

The furoshiki is an essential tool in daily life, often used instead of a plastic bag, or for storing articles, or for other domestic uses. It is not only used for wrapping but also as a tablecloth, a wall decoration, a fashion accessory, a wine bottle holder or drapes, etc.

This wrapping cloth is both useful and beautiful.

Here are a few basic examples of Furoshiki techniques:

Mamusubi Furoshiki project at

Mamusubi Furoshiki project


This is a basic method for tying Furoshiki cloths together.

Go to the Mamusubi illustrated project page

Learn how to Untie Mamusubi

Furoshiki Instant Bag

Furoshiki Instant Bag

Instant Bag

This is very easy to make and very practical for carrying any kind of object. It is also eco-friendly.
Follow the link below for diagrams and instructions.

Go to the Instant Bag Furoshiki Project page

Furoshiki Tissue Box Wrap

Furoshiki Tissue Box Wrap

Furoshiki Tissue Box

This is easy to make and makes your tissue boxes look more elegant.

Go to the Furoshiki Tissue Box Wrap Project page



Blue Sakura Furoshiki Cloth

Blue Sakura Furoshiki Cloth

Pink Sakura Furoshiki Cloth

Pink Sakura Furoshiki Cloth

Tanzaku Furoshiki Cloth

Tanzaku Furoshiki

Chili pattern Furoshiki

Chili pattern Furoshiki Cloth

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