Introduction: Furoshiki 0: Have Bed Sheet Will Travel

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Furoshiki is a Japanese method of tying a piece of cloth into a wrapping or in this case a kickin' bag. This one is a lot bigger than most you'd need but the purse I made my wife out of a 3 foot by 3 foot sheet of scrap cloth I got from the store got me thinking how big these things can get. So, I grabbed an old bed sheet and cut it up and hemmed it to be about 7 feet on a side and made this beast. I wonder how that 'stop-rip' stuff the military uses to make uniforms would do.

Ok, I'd explain more about the history of the Furoshiki method but I'll let do it.

Furoshiki is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that was frequently used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. Although possibly dating back as far as the Nara period, the name, meaning "bath spread", derives from the Edo period practice of using them to bundle clothes while at the sento (public baths). Before becoming associated with public baths, furoshiki was known as hiradzutsumi, or flat folded bundle. Eventually, the furoshiki's usage extended to serve as a means for merchants to transport their wares or to protect and decorate a gift.

Step 1: Cut the Sheet to Size.

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Since bed sheets aren't square, I had to do some adjusting. I cut it 0.5 inches long to accommodate the hem I would put in later. I made a mark about every two feet so I could make the line as straight as possible.

Step 2: Hem the Edge.

I didn't get any pics of this step but you get the idea. Fold over the cut edge twice and run it through a sewing machine to get a nice clean edge.

Step 3: Now for the Folding and Tying.

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1. Fold it into a triangle (the more square the original sheet the better the triangle will come out).
2. This is kind of tricky but you'll want to take the bottom corners and bend them up towards the top of the triangle while kind of gathering the material up into a "rope" so you can tie a knot in it. Don't take all the way up to the top but just short of it.
3. Now do the same to the other side. It'll look like this.
4. The tails will be about the length.

Step 4: Flip and Shake

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What you'll want to do is tuck the tails and knots into the inside of the bag. First turn it inside out by doing this.

1. Take the top layer and peel it back then flip the whole thing over.
2. Flip the knots and tails into the center and pick up by the top and bottom corners and shake it side to side.

Step 5: Now....what Do I Put in It?

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Step 6: Tie-down and Shoulder Strap.

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Secure your stash (minus the dog).
1. Gather up the ends like this...
2. Tie them in a quick overhand knot.
3. And cinch down tight.
4. Then tie a square-knot at the very ends of the tails so it looks like this.
5. Then sling it over your shoulder and head on out there.

Step 7: What About Storage????

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Just undo the knots and fold it up.


colesplan197 (author)2015-02-18

here it comes to save the day ball sack bag yey

suayres (author)2011-05-26

I have an old square linen tablecloth 4x4 feet, I've been using this way for a long time. I didn't know there was an official name for it. Thanks!--and thanks for the website URL, too.

keng (author)suayres2011-05-26

Well how about some pics?!

redneckjaybyrd (author)2009-10-28

Haha, I haven't seen Have Gun Will Travel in a while.  I'm assuming that's what the title came from. Nice ible.

keng (author)redneckjaybyrd2009-10-28

Indeed, you are correct.

Yerboogieman (author)2009-06-02

You look like this guy Lee we used to know...

LakeLivin (author)2008-01-28

Ok, first I should state that I'm spatially challenged, so it's probably mostly me, but I suspect there may be a few others out there also going "huh??"

Does it matter where the 'fold' of the sheet is w,r,t, the top and the corners you're bending towards the top?

Is the sheet oriented exactly the same in the first 3 pics or has it (or the camera angle) been moved ?

"2. . . .take the bottom corners and bend. . ."

"3. . . .now do the same to the other side. . ."

Should step 2 have said "corner" (singular)? If not, what other side in step 3?

Sorry, but I just don't see the pictures being in sync with the instructions (again, it might just be my 'spatial visualization' issues). If there are others with the same issue, perhaps you could include more pics, add some colored tape, or temporarily pin different colored cloth to the corners of your sheet so we can see where corners start and where they end up in the process. If I'm the only one, never mind and sorry for the distraction : )

keng (author)LakeLivin2008-01-28

yes the camera angle was moved between the 1st and second pic (cuz the sheet was so big)....sorry about that. generally speaking, you have a square cloth and fold it diagonally. now you have a triangle (pic 1). "Should step 2 have said "corner" (singular)?" yes!...sorry about that 80( you are tying an overhand knot in each corner by gathering up the material to make a rope-like structure. the tape and pin idea is great and will look to incorporate that in the future. thanks.

Shrimper (author)2008-01-23

Very nice! This will come in handy. Much better than the way I used to do it in college. Thank you.

jackfr0st (author)2008-01-15

how big do think the sheet would need to be to make a messenger bag

keng (author)jackfr0st2008-01-18

I made one tonight with a 5 foot square piece and it had just enough strap room and a TONNE of space in it. Go get some scrap fab from a fabric store and give it a try.

keng (author)jackfr0st2008-01-15

I made a purse for my wife out of a 3 foot square piece so you might try a 4-5 foot piece. Let me know how it goes though.

bassplayer (author)2008-01-18

Where did you get the bag?

keng (author)bassplayer2008-01-18 in columbia mo.

MediaMarc (author)2008-01-18

oooohhhh.. orbs!! There must be an entity in the room!!!

keng (author)MediaMarc2008-01-18

yeah, i told them it was messing up the photogs but they don't care much about 'fleshies'... 80)

trksh22 (author)2008-01-18

I really enjoyed reading this Instructable. It was HILARIOUS. Not only is it easy to follow and make (and cheap/free!!!) but the comments that you made on the pictures were SO FUNNY.

kpjackson (author)2008-01-17

I have that exact same Israeli paratrooper bag in khaki and I LOVE it. Now I have to make the Furoshiki sack to go with it.

Berserker242 (author)2008-01-16

Yup, Israeli paratroop corps symbol on that canvas satchel there... PMZ

Dalya (author)2008-01-15

lol, this made me laugh so hard. I think in the anime/manga samurai champloo, some of the characters were carrying their stuff like this. "Whoa dude, that's some huge tote you got yourself there!" "IT'S MINE!!!" incredibly neat :D

keng (author)Dalya2008-01-15

80) thanks.

Mr.InDEstructible (author)2008-01-14

It's the Israeli paratrooper symbol!

keng (author)Mr.InDEstructible2008-01-14

wow....did you register just to comment on my posting?!

keng (author)Mr.InDEstructible2008-01-14

80) yep...and i must say they make a dang good bag.

blackfister (author)2008-01-14

I have seen prisoners beeing moved form police stations moving their stuff like this. Ingenious

technick29 (author)2008-01-13

Cool! Does the strap hurt your shoulder after a while at all?

keng (author)technick292008-01-14

well, this was more of a proof of concept than real world (the sheet was kind of thin) but I think id you tied it 'in the middle" of one the tails, you could move the knot off your shoulder and spread it out more.

T3h_Muffinator (author)2008-01-13

I believe the insignia is the paratrooper's, but I may be wrong. Nice I'ble!

keng (author)T3h_Muffinator2008-01-13

yeah, it is a paratroop insig. "Nice I'ble!" thanks. it took a while to do so I'm glad you like it.

T3h_Muffinator (author)keng2008-01-13

D'oh! How could I forget it's the Israeli insig?! Gah, I have that insignia in a metal-pin form, from my grandma. No problemo, I'm +-ing!

Juklop (author)2008-01-13

I have that exact bag! Same colour and everything. I use it for school. Nice Instructable!

keng (author)Juklop2008-01-13 does a buddy of mine....his old bag gave out and needed something more dont get much more sturdy that military spec... 80)

GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-13

This is an amazingly done Instructable, nice work! I like it a lot, and nice job getting featured! It's great!

keng (author)GorillazMiko2008-01-13

Thanks! i've been lurking for a while and just thought this might make a good one so i put together all the things ive liked in the ones i've seen and hoped it would come across well.

Kozz (author)2008-01-13

Nice, easy-to-follow instructable.

I'm going with Israeli Paratrooper Wings!
In fact, that looks like the exact same bag, only green instead of khaki.

keng (author)Kozz2008-01-13

aaaaannnnd, you'd be right!!! +2 dang...right off the bat!!!

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