Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Our Casserole Carry Cloth – a.k.a “furoshiki” – is just the ticket! Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used since the 17th century to wrap gifts, food, clothing and other goods. This embellished furoshiki puts a handmade spin on the customary practice, and mom will love carrying her casserole dishes to this summer’s parties with flair! This project was designed by Cynthia Shaffer and first appeared in our Summer 2012 edition. Find complete instructions below.
What you need:
· 34-inch square turquoise fabric (or color of choice)
· 1-1/2-inch-wide strips bright green fabric for binding, 4-1/4 yards
· White doily
· White thread
· Sewing machine
· 9- x 13-inch casserole dish
1. Bind outer edge of turquoise fabric, mitering corners.
2. Lay bound turquoise cloth flat on work surface, wrong side up, and place a 9- x 13-inch casserole dish diagonally at center of cloth. Tie together.
3. Pin doily to cloth in a pleasing location (photo 1); untie cloth.
4. Place pins in cloth around doily’s perimeter, marking doily placement. Remove doily from cloth.
5. Cut small strips of bright green fabric on bias; weave strips into doily and tie off (photo 2).
6. Place doily back on cloth where marked by pins; machine stitch doily to cloth around perimeter (photo 3).
7. Press finished furoshiki cloth, and let the compliments roll in as you tote your delicious dish to the next potluck!
How to tie your furoshiki:
1. Lay casserole dish in furoshiki with casserole dish sitting at 45 degree angle to cloth edges.
2. Bring two opposite corners of furoshiki together and knot.
3. Bring other two corners together and tie in knot.
Be sure to check out our Mother’s Day gift guide for more great projects mom is sure to love!