I have these old pyjama shorts in my wardrobe, not being worn and taking up space that could be filled with handmade clothes. Let’s make them useful by making them into a furoshiki cloth!
Furoshiki cloths are usually square pieces of fabric used to transport personal posessions, or as gift wrap. Their use goes back to the Muromachi period, when bath-house visitors wrapped their belongings in them. This one won’t be super large, but it will still be useful.
Here I’ve cut off the waistband and elastic of the shorts….
….and here I’ve split the shorts at the crotch seam, so I have two flat rectangles of fabric.
I sewed them together along the sides opposite the hems, then hemmed the remaining raw edges in the same way as the original hems.
And that’s it! These cloths are really easy to make, and almost endlessly useful.
They’re good for wrapping books! Or bottles! There are plenty of guides an internet search away for how to wrap pretty much anything with one of these cloths.
I enjoyed this project – quick, useful, and gave new life to an unworn garment of mine. I want to try and make some of these in Christmas fabrics for next year, to save using wrapping paper.
Anyways, see ya!