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Phyllis Theermann

We had a great time making beautiful, reusable gift fabric squares last week at the Council on Aging but we need MORE wraps.

Sustainable Wellesley is looking for folks who can sew easy fabric squares that will be turned into Japanese Furoshiki style wrap gifts at the Wellesley Marketplace in November. 

This fun project is a simple way to make a difference to reduce plastic waste and non-recyclable gift wrap.

Imagine how many bags and bows we can keep out of our waste stream with these simple cloths that can be used over and over.

Folks can sew from home and we will pick up donated squares. Please consider donating fabric as well. Simply email us at info@sustainableWellesley.com.

Here are the details:

Sew Furoshiki Cloths:
Cut a square piece of fabric a little larger than your desired size. 20″ and 28”  are standard finished sizes, but in general any square that’s about 3x larger than the object being wrapped works well.  Fold in each of the edges a quarter inch and iron; fold again and iron. Find instructions online for sewing mitered corners, follow and then sew around the perimeter of your prepared cloth in the middle of the fold. Flexible fabrics like thin cotton work best for tying.  For instructions on hemming and three different corner options, click here.

Please e-mail info@sustainablewellesley.com when you have completed some and Sustainable Wellesley will make plans to collect your cloths. Be sure to save wraps for yourself. To learn how to fold furoshiki gift wrap, click here.

Please Donate Fabric

-Flexible fabrics are ideal! Stiff fabrics are hard to tie furoshiki style
-Fabric remnants measuring at least 20″ square work best

Thanks!

Phyllis Theermann

Looking for Crafty Residents & Sewers
         Adults and Children Alike

Join the Fun in this Town-Wide Project

Crafty Wellesley children and adults; sewers: novice to expert; anyone looking for a fun and easy community project, Sustainable Wellesley is looking for your talent.

“We are creating beautiful, Japanese Furoshiki style cloths and reusable bags for a future, community gift wrapping event,” said Kelly Caiazzo, one of the organizers of the town-wide project. “Those who aren’t crafty can rummage through their closets and donate fabrics, bandanas, and scarves,” Caiazzo said.

Here are the details:

Please Donate Fabric

-Flexible fabrics are ideal! Stiff fabrics are hard to tie furoshiki style
-Fabric remnants measuring at least 20″ square work best
– e-mail info@sustainablewellesley.com to make a fabric donation

Sew Furoshiki Cloths:
Cut a square piece of fabric a little larger than your desired size. 20″ and 28”  are standard finished sizes, but in general any square that’s about 3x larger than the object being wrapped works well.  Fold in each of the edges a quarter inch and iron; fold again and iron. Find instructions online for sewing mitered corners, follow and then sew around the perimeter of your prepared cloth in the middle of the fold. Flexible fabrics like thin cotton work best for tying.  For instructions on hemming and three different corner options, click here.

Please e-mail info@sustainablewellesley.com when you have completed some and Sustainable Wellesley will make plans to collect your cloths. Be sure to save wraps for yourself. To learn how to fold furoshiki gift wrap, click here.

Sew Bags:
For a nice complement to Furoshiki (and one that doesn’t require any explanation for re-using!) the community will  also be making Boomerang cloth bags. Check out the free pattern online here. Once you have created some for personal use, and some for the community, simply email Sustainable Wellesley to collect your the bags.

Feel free to email info@sustainablewellesley.com to organize or attend a sewing event.

All are encouraged and welcome to join in this relaxing, community event where simple acts make a difference.  Every year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used and discarded worldwide. Un-recycled bags plague the environment, greatly damaging the ocean as well as many other complex ecosystems. Since plastics take an average of 1,000 years to decompose, our waste isn’t going anywhere fast, so it’s up to us to help minimize our negative impact on the planet. Plus, the activity is relaxing, easy, and fun! Questions? E-mail info@sustainablewellesley.com.

 

Kelly Caiazzo

Help us make reusable gift wrapping and bags for the November 2018 Wellesley Marketplace!

Last year, in order to encourage reusability and offer a service to the community, Sustainable Wellesley premiered a free furoshiki gift wrapping station. Using square cloths up-cycled into furoshiki wrapping from donated fabric remnants, we wrapped people’s Marketplace purchases FOR FREE.

Why? The circulation of reusable gift wrap and bags within our community creates an opportunity to spread an important social and environmental message about sustainable solutions, and fostering conscious habits that extends well beyond gift wrap and plastic bags.

This year we’ve been invited back, as the official Marketplace wrappers with a more central location!

And we need your help!

Here’s what you can do!

Donate Fabric:

  • Flexible fabrics are ideal! Stiff fabrics are hard to tie furoshiki style.
  • Fabric remnants measuring at least 20″ square work best
  • e-mail info@sustainablewellesley.com to make a fabric donation

Sew Furoshiki Cloths:

Furoshiki sewing instructions:

Cut a square piece of fabric a little larger than your desired size. 20″ is a standard finished size, but in general any square that’s about 3x larger than the object being wrapped works well! Fold in each of the edges a quarter inch and iron; fold again and iron. Find instructions online for sewing mitered corners, follow and then sew around the perimeter of your prepared cloth in the middle of the fold. Flexible fabrics like thin cotton work best for tying!  For instructions on hemming and three different corner options, click here.

Learn how to fold furoshiki gift wrap here!

Sew Gift Bags:

For a nice complement to Furoshiki (and one that doesn’t require any explanation for re-using!) we’ll also be making Boomerang cloth gift bags. Check out the free pattern online here.

Organize or Attend a Sewing Event:

Check back for updates on community sewing events, or reach out to us to organize your own!

See us wrap! Check out this promotional video we made before marketplace last year demonstrating the most common furoshiki wrapping. Easy, beautiful, fun!

 

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