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Beautiful: Boxed

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The art of gift wrapping

Every time it comes to giving gifts, I want to be a little more creative with my wrappings. Despite my best intentions, I usually run out of time and resort to putting my handmade item in a pretty gift bag. Now, there is nothing wrong with this, but this year I want to try and do things differently.

Image from www.studyjapan.go.jp

Image from www.studyjapan.go.jp

I have long admired Furoshiki; the Japanese art of wrapping items in fabric. It combines my love of fabric and texture, removes fights with sticky tape, and looks gorgeous...when done by someone else!

I hold my hands up; I haven't got on well with this so far, tending to end up with an excess of fabric which I can't figure out what to do with! So this year, I am going to embrace the challenge and see if I can get to grips with this.

I have done some playing, and although not traditional Furoshiki, found a cute way of bundling up small items to get us started. 

All you need is a square of fabric (I used a fat quarter), some ribbon or twine and your gift item. Shredded tinsel/paper and gift tag optional :)

  1. Lay your fabric pattern side down on a table
  2. Gather your gift item in the centre - add some tissue paper or shredded filler here if you want
  3. Lift all four corners to meet above your gift; hold and gather all the surplus in so that it is gathered at the top (like the top of a pineapple!)
  4. Tie your ribbon or twine around the gather to hold
  5. Tuck the sticking out corners into the centre of the gather until you are happy with the overall shape of the top
  6. Add a gift tag if you like and it’s ready to give

I've wrapped a miniature Chase Gin and Fever Tree Tonic, which I got from The Bottle Shop in Lancaster. As this gin has an apple base, they gave me the top tip of serving it with  a slice of apple rather than lime which would clash with it! You've still got time to pay them a visit to pick up some interesting tipple for your NYE party.

Or why not choose a miniature whiskey or two to bundle up to take first-footing with you? You could also wrap shortbread or coal; just don't forget your tall, dark, handsome man to bring extra luck to the family you visit!

I'm gong to delve into Furoshiki during the year and see how I get on. Are you going to join me? It would be great to hear how you get on and if you have any top tips to share!

A guid New Year to ane an a' And mony may ye see

Gabbi x