One of the things I love most about the holiday season is a fun party. Good thing there isn’t just one! There’s just something about the warmth of a fireplace, the abundance of mouthwatering eats and being able to catch up with a friend or relative who’s back in town that I find so endearing about the holidays. This time of year also yields a big ‘to-do’ list of shopping and planning. And in the midst of everything, I always seem to forget to purchase hostess gifts. My fallback plan is usually a bottle of wine, which is a foolproof choice. But then there’s the pesky gift bag I never seem to have on-hand. I have a plethora of gift bags that I can reuse, but never one specifically for a bottle of wine.
After searching for ways to avoid gifting a bottle of wine as-is, I discovered furoshiki. It’s a Japanese traditional wrapping cloth used to transport gifts, clothes and other goods. There are a wide array of techniques to wrap different types of gifts using furoshiki, including wine bottles, so I decided to give it a try with Marimekko fabric. It’s a good way to put fabric remnants you have laying around to use. Plus, it’s more eco-friendly and can be reused or made into something else. All you will need is a square of fabric that is about three times the length of your wine bottle diagonally. Or if you’re feeling extra generous, use a large square scarf to wrap your wine bottle. It will double as a second present to the hostess, friend or relative. I am a big fan of black and white, so I decided to use the Tuuli pattern.
I found visual tutorials online, but found that the video below was easier to follow. The technique shown creates a handle for carrying the bottle and that alone will definitely impress the gift recipient. Give furoshiki techniques a try this holiday season and have your bottle of wine or gift stand out from the rest.