Good Afternoon all,

I’d like to share with you my latest obsession:  The Japanese art of Furoshiki, or cloth folding.  This is usually used to wrap gifts or carry things such as books or even watermelons!

I’ve been using a (homemade) furoshiki wrap for my lunch this week, and I think it’s super cute!  I made the furoshiki wrap by cutting up a square of fabric (that I made from the same fabric as my ironing board cover) and hemmed a simple edge onto it.  Then the fun started…

 Lay the cloth out in a diamond in front of you…

Pop your lunch in the centre of the cloth- I use a small clippy box for fruit and a medium clippy box for soup or leftovers or whatever.  There’s usually a banana or a cereal bar balanced in there too…

 Take the left and right corners and bring them up over the lunch and tie in a double knot…

 Turn the whole thing round so the loose sides are on the left and right again and bring these up, a bit like wrapping a present.

 Both sides up…

 …And tied in a double knot.  I tend to do this quite loosely, and not tie the knot too close to the lunch inside, so it acts like a carrying handle.

You can even slip your chopsticks through the ‘under-knot’.  I really like the way this looks, and the way it holds your lunch together, especially if you’re like me and end up with all sorts of random or loose items in your lunch!  The good thing about this is that it doesn’t matter if your lunch is an awkward shape either, because you’re not forcing your food into a square box! 🙂

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