Phyllis Theermann

Join this Fun, 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.

Once again, Sustainable Wellesley is creating beautiful, Japanese Furoshiki style cloths to wrap gifts with for free at the Wellesley Marketplace in November.

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 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.

Not crafty but willing to organize this initiative? Please email

Have fabric to donate?

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

Sustainable Wellesley organizes this event as another simple act that makes 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

Phyllis Theermann

Some great ideas thanks to Catalogue Choice – the folks that encourage us to reduce waste every day.

– Wrap creatively. Use comics, old maps, sheet music, fabric/wallpaper scraps. Use fun tins and food boxes you have recycled for gift containers.

– Give the gift of time or talent. Take someone to a play, concert or movie. Make your own gift certificates. Offer your talents like photography or financial planning.

– Help your friends go green. Give planet-conscious gifts like compost bins, can crushers, water timers, programmable thermostats, rain barrels, bird feeders, light timers or bat house.

– Don’t wrap oversized gifts. Hide them and give clues. Make gift-giving into a treasure hunt.

– Plan previously-loved or homemade gift exchanges. Books, a restored piece of furniture or a rebuilt bike can be cherished for many years and by many people.

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