Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: A different idea on what to do with stash fabric

  1. #1
    Super Member Flying_V_Goddess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,722
    I've noticed a bunch of quilters have sworn of buying any fabric this year in favor of trying to use what's in their stash. I might have an idea to help you guys whittle down or stash...well, at least for around the holidays or when there's a gift involved.

    Its called furoshiki---its a sort of cloth used in Japan to wrap objects. It was traditionally used to transport objects (like bento lunch boxes---then the furoshiki wrap doubled as a placemat!), but now more commonly used to wrap gifts. They have furoshiki cloths for sale on the Internet (and in shops in Japan), but you can easily make your own (thus getting rid of some of your stash). You just need a square piece of fabric, fold the raw edges under about a quarter of an inch, and sew the hem. Large bandanas could work as well.

    This is the one I made (its folded into quarters) with the book I wrapped. It is 24" square when its unfolded. Obviously you're not going to wrap a quilt with this, but if you have smaller gifts (handmade or not) it'd be perfect for those. There's no real set size for furoshiki (common sizes are 18" and 27") so you can make it as large or as small as you want, but this size was perfect for the book I made this furoshiki wrap for. I hate it when I have a smaller gift to wrap and have to cut from a huge roll of wrapping paper.
    [IMG]http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q...s/100_0055.jpg[/IMG]

    Here's a YouTube video on the wrap I did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UTIMGoUiZI&feature=fvw
    There's plenty of other wraps to do (even ones on wrapping flower bouquets). This is a very basic one. She added extra embellishments to hers, which you can choose to do or not to do.

    Here's pictures of my finished attempt to wrap this book. Its not perfect so I'm gonna take another crack at it.
    [IMG]http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q...s/100_0049.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q...s/100_0048.jpg[/IMG]

    For more wrapping techniques check out the book Wrapagami.

    And if the recipiant of the gift doesn't want to keep the wrap they can give it back to you and it could go back to your stash or used to rewrap another gift.

    Possibly if the quilt were small enough and thin enough (like a lap size quilt with no batting) that it could be used as a wrap to wrap another gift. Like using a baby quilt to wrap a baby book...that'd be perfect for the Kangaroo Wrap(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8T8CkBDP1Zo), which makes a sort of a pouch to stuff little extra gifts in (like little stuffed animals or teething toys). It might work...I don't know 'cause I haven't tried it myself.

    I thought this would be a creative way to use up fabric in your stash that you're not sure what to do with or just really special. Or maybe have an interesting way to wrap another gift with a thinner quilt. I just wanted to share.

  2. #2
    Lady Tapioca's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Connecticut shoreline
    Posts
    496
    What a great idea!

  3. #3
    community benefactor Renee110's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    778
    Blog Entries
    8
    I don't really have a stash yet...just getting started in this, and no extra money since I'm the only one working right now. But if I had a stash, I don't think I would want to wrap a present with it...good usable fabric that the gift recipiant would throw out (unless they happened to be a quilter/sewer too). I do like the idea of reusable wrapping....but I know most of the people I know would just toss it. They don't sew.

  4. #4
    Power Poster CarrieAnne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Whitewater, WI
    Posts
    26,193
    Great idea!

  5. #5
    Super Member Flying_V_Goddess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,722
    Quote Originally Posted by Renee110
    I don't really have a stash yet...just getting started in this, and no extra money since I'm the only one working right now. But if I had a stash, I don't think I would want to wrap a present with it...good usable fabric that the gift recipiant would throw out (unless they happened to be a quilter/sewer too). I do like the idea of reusable wrapping....but I know most of the people I know would just toss it. They don't sew.
    I don't really have a stash either. I actually went out and bought a yard of fabric and cut it down to size. I wanted to try it on my friend's (late) birthday present because he's into Japanese culture like I am. Plus, I found some wrapping paper that looked similar to my furoshiki wrap which I'm using to wrap his late Christmas quilt. I thought it'd be kind of funny to wrap a fabric based gift with paper and a paper based gift with fabric and have the wrappings have similar designs.

  6. #6
    Power Poster cjomomma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Murray, Ky. Looking for a nice cushy pillow to rest my head on!
    Posts
    16,526
    Blog Entries
    2
    Very neat idea!

    I see you found the book you were desperately looking for. :)

  7. #7
    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Central Indiana (USA)
    Posts
    31,244
    Blog Entries
    194
    great idea thanks for sharing with us

  8. #8
    Senior Member Zebra2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Holton, KS
    Posts
    345
    I think this is a very cool idea!!

  9. #9
    Super Member Flying_V_Goddess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,722
    Quote Originally Posted by Zebra2
    I think this is a very cool idea!!
    I think so too. I believe its making a comeback in Japan because of its eco-friendlyness. And its pretty neat.

  10. #10
    Power Poster ann clare's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Navan. Co. Meath. Ireland
    Posts
    15,117
    I like this idea. Thanks for sharing.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.