Wrapping in fabric is very quick. No tape or scissors are needed.
Three quick gift wrapping techniques
Please keep in mind that you can tie your wrap in many different ways. Shown at right are three packages, each using our Pop Art wrap in size Small. LuLu Wraps come with an attractive instruction card, which you may want to tuck inside your wrapped gift for future reference.
Always start with your wrap spread on a flat surface. Position gift(s) in the center, on the diagonal. Please note that you will need a ribbon or other fastener for the "whale spout"; some of our gift wrap sets include ribbon.
More wrapping ideas
Still more ideas are available from the Japanese Ministry of the Environment. (This link will take you to their website, with an array of drawings of different traditional wrappings in pdf format.)
Lots of books are out there with more ideas on how to use fabric wraps. A classic is Chizuko Morita's book, Gift Wrapping with Textiles. Kumiko Nakayama-geraerts has just published Furoshiki: The Art of Wrapping with Fabric. Besides gift wrapping, making backpacks, shoulder bags and bottle carriers, the book includes directions on making your own furoshiki, with traditional embroidery patterns. A new book by the Pixie Ladies has just come out with directions on project cards: Furoshiki Fabric Wraps.
Can't wait to try furoshiki? You might like to start by experimenting with a bandana or vintage scarf. We hem our edges so the furoshiki can be washed many times, but if you are dashing out the door to a party right now, you could merely cut a square of fabric from an outmoded garment. Wrap up a gift and away you go!
Because we are committed to returning to a culture of sustainable gift giving, LuLu Wraps are durable. They can all be washed with ordinary laundry soap in cool water and hung dry. Ribbons, too: sponge off the frosting, hang to dry and press if you like.