A new way to package your presents.

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated December 04, 2017
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I can appreciate a beautifully patterned, paper-wrapped present as much as the next gift-loving gal, but every year I think there’s something a little sad about buying nice paper and wrapping each present with care, only to see them get torn to bits and end up in the trash. This year, to prevent all of your hard work from going to waste, ditch the paper in favor of reusable fabric gift wrap.

Furoshiki, or traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, has been gaining popularity over the past couple years, and Pinterest reports that search for this style of wrapping is up 129 percent year over year. And it’s not hard to see why. Not only is fabric gift wrap every bit as stylish as the paper stuff, but it’s also less messy, more environmentally-friendly, and if you use a silk scarf or a kitchen dish towel, the wrapping doubles as an extra gift. While the cost of the fabric may be a little more than you would typically pay for a giant roll of paper, it doesn’t have to be very expensive, and it will certainly add to the overall value of the gift.

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Wrap small gifts with IKEA dish towels ($4 for a pack of four), and each 20-by-26-inch fabric wrap costs just one dollar. You can also use cheap silk scarves from the dollar bin at your local thrift store, or a large swath of fabric from the craft supply store. For a luxe look, opt for these geometric fabric napkins from West Elm ($19 for four) or a gorgeous ice-dyed tea towel from Etsy ($10 each). Feeling nervous about your first foray into fabric-wrapped presents? Find inspiration in these #furoshiki posts from creative international Instagrammers, below.

Did we mention that you can fabric-wrap everything from a book to a wine bottle? Josée-Anne Sarazin-Côté of the blog Bulles & Bottillons shows us how.

This sweet package by @belovelie proves the power of a pretty patterned cloth.

This colorful present from fabric designer Jera Brandvig (@quiltingintherain) will catch attention even before it’s unwrapped. Visit her blog for the full video tutorial.