27 April 2023

Turn Your Furoshiki Wrapping Cloth into a Handy Bag!

Have you ever forgotten to bring a bag when shopping or found yourself in sudden need of one during an outing? Furoshiki wrapping cloths are multifunctional and compact items that are extremely handy to have in such situations!

Medium (27 to 35 in./69-89 cm) to large (over 40 in./102cm) furoshiki can be tied and styled to use as a casual outdoor or grocery bag, with methods being less complicated than you might imagine. Here we will introduce two ways of tying your furoshiki: the droplet-tie and the basket-tie.


  • The Droplet-Tie
  • The Basket-Tie

The Droplet-Tie

Those who read our article, "An Exploratory Day Spent with Furoshiki Wrapping Cloths", know how versatile traditional Japanese wrapping cloths can be. The droplet-tie is a great option for anyone looking to carry around small or lightweight items when at a park, camping, or in other outdoor situations.

The droplet-tie is a sturdy tying method that can be used with either a medium or large-sized furoshiki. Firstly, lay your furoshiki on a flat surface so that it's in a diamond shape. Tie the right corner of the cloth into a knot, and repeat the same process on the left. 

Once the two sides have been knotted, fold them towards each other in the middle, creating a solid base for the items you will carry. 

The last step is fairly simple. All you need to do is to take the remaining cloth at the top and bottom corners of the furoshiki, and tie them together in a knot at the top. This will act as the bag strap, allowing you to carry items hands-free.

The droplet-tie is a great option when you're planning on spending some time outdoors and want to bring a change of clothes or some toys for your children to play with at the park. As furoshiki are easy to wash, you won't have to worry about arduous cleaning after a fun day outdoors. 

The Basket-Tie

Furoshiki also make for a convenient grocery shopping partner! After an exhausting day at work, any extra steps when running errands, such as food shopping, can seem daunting. In such cases, a handy trick with a furoshiki comes highly recommended.

Grab a shopping basket and lay your furoshiki in it beforehand. This way, you will be able to easily wrap anything you place inside. Once you've checked out and have all your goodies, it's time to tie!

First, take the two left corners and tie them together.

Next, do the same with the other side. Bring both sides to the middle and tie them together.

Lastly, to form a handle, tie the top ends of the cloth in a double knot. Viola! This not only ensures that your groceries are fully sealed and carry-proof, but also provides you with a handle for easy transport.

Depending on the material and size, large shopping bags tend to take up space. Carrying a furoshiki around enables you to keep up with sustainable practices while simultaneously enjoying the cloth's stylish design and practicality.

Whether it's during outdoor activities or last minute food stops, furoshiki are both a convenient and complimentary item to have on hand. We hope this guide inspires you to get creative with how you can use these traditional furoshiki, and add a bit of color and pep to your everyday life.

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