I have never been good at gift giving. This stems mostly from the fact that I am constantly forgetting people’s birthdays! I also REALLY dislike shopping. With Mother’s Day around the corner, I am happy to say that even though I do not have a gift for my mother-in-law yet (sorry Cynthia!), I have made some furoshiki: Japanese gift-wrapping cloth. These can be reused--to wrap future gifts--or as pretty picnic napkins after gifting.
18” x 18” bleached muslin/cotton fabric (use a larger piece of fabric if you prefer a larger furoshiki)
black fabric pen
red fabric paint
paint brush/sponge brush
Make sure the fabric is a perfect square. Cut any excess.
Use a ruler and pencil to draw your design. Geometric patterns work well for me as I’m not much of an artist, and I do like bold graphic patterns. For my furoshiki, I drew horizontal black lines and red diagonal stripes.
To prevent staining your work surface, place scrap paper between your tabletop and fabric. I used some tape to hold everything in place while painting.
With the fabric pen and ruler, draw the solid lines.
Tape off the areas that you don’t want to paint. Firmly press the tape to the fabric as you are taping.
Using the red fabric paint and the sponge brush, paint the diagonal stripes. Recoat if necessary.
Once paint is dry, peel back the tape.
Iron and sew the fabric edges.
The DIY for the copper vases can be found here.
To all the mothers, may you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!