(Video link here.) Over at Ambatalia, we came across this useful little video demonstrating ways of using furoshiki cloths — large multipurpose squares of cotton fabric — to make carry bags and packages, aprons…


…kitchen cloths, and depending on the size, picnic blankets, scarfs, and even headscarves, as well. IMG_4286.jpg

As you can see from this chart, one furoshiki can be formed into a huge variety of carriers.


When made out of beautiful fabric, you can wear a furoshiki as a scarf, like this 42-inch square everyday furoshiki scarf from fine Irish linen Ambatalia sold years ago; it’s washable and meant to be worn “crumply”. Then you have a furoshiki at the ready if you need to carry something.

multipurpose Furoshiki scarf

The Link Collective on Etsy site, sells pretty, handprinted, definitely-wearable Furoshiki clothes…

the link collective

…as well as leather carry straps you can attach to turn your furoshiki into a shoulder bag…

the link collective

Depending on the size, furoshiki clothes could be used as a table-cloth or a sarong-like skirt.

We’re thinking a pretty Furoshiki cloth would make a great gift. Food 52 has sets of three smallish linen furoshiki clothes.

We’re also thinking it might be something we could make ourselves, using our down-and-dirty ripped linen (or other swell fabric) technique.

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5 replies on “Simple Furoshiki Cloth Becomes a Carry Bag, Apron, Kitchen Towel, Scarf…

  1. Love this simple linen square – brilliant!

  2. I use scraps of fabric to wrap presents, usually just tied or secured with a little twine – it’s pretty, and if I have time I’ll hem the scrap so it can be used as a napkin, rag, etc by the recipient. It’s definitely a fun way to reuse sewing scraps!

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