FUROSHIKI TUTORIAL Folding the backpack

Summer is fast approaching, accompanied by its beautiful sunny days! For this new article, I wanted to present to you a simple and quick folding of a backpack using a furoshiki , which can accompany you during your summer walks.


If you don't yet know furoshiki , I invite you to discover our previous articles on this traditional art of fabric folding:

The folding that I am presenting to you today is that of the backpack! To make a bag of this volume, I used a 140cm square of “Cassandre” fabric from Mini Labo . It is entirely possible to use a smaller furoshiki (100/120cm side) if you want a narrower backpack, for a child for example. Whatever the shape of the objects to be carried, this flexible backpack will adapt perfectly.


To fold the backpack, you will need:

Before folding the backpack, two basic knots are important to know, the hitotsu-musubi and the ma-musubi.

The hitotsu-musubi knot which allows you to make bag ends:


  1. Form the point by placing the fabric well.
  2. Start forming a loop by taking the tip at the front.
  3. Pass the tip behind and place it in the loop.
  4. Pull on the tip and tighten the knot .

The ma-musubi knot allows you to obtain an elongated knot , which can easily be undone if necessary.


  1. Tie a simple knot .
  2. Pass the left tip over, through the loop
  3. Tighten the knot .

TIP - Step 2 is very important because it makes it easy to loosen the knot . So, to undo the knot, move the left tip to the right in order to slide the second tip without undoing the knot.

Now that we've covered the basic knots, let's get to folding the backpack without further ado!



  1. Take points A and C.
  2. With points A and C, tie a simple knot about 20cm from the points.
  3. On points D and B, tie hitotsu-musubi knots .
  4. With points C and D, A and B, tie new ma-musubi knots to form the handles.

TADA You have just transformed a simple square of fabric into a backpack!


The explanations presented above come from my latest book on furoshiki , published by Marabout editions! It brings together no less than 20 different folds illustrated with talent by my friend Sandrine Thommen , simple and quick to carry out, for wrapping and carrying all kinds of everyday objects (books, bottles, lunch baskets, etc.) as well as some practical tips to show you how this technique can easily be integrated into your daily life! I talked to you about it in more detail in the article “L’Atelier Furoshiki – Discover the Japanese art of fabric folding” .


If this article has made you want to try furoshiki too, you can find a selection of colorful furoshiki from the Musubi brand in store and on the e-shop!


For this series of photos, we went last year to the Viltain farm in Jouy-en-Josas to pick flowers and enjoy a beautiful sunny day! If you also want to go there, I invite you to follow them on their Facebook page and their Instagram account . Thanks to my dear Griottes for this address!

I hope you enjoyed this article. I'll see you very soon for new blog posts that smell like summer!

Until then take good care of yourself,


Have you already tried this folding?
Does the principle of furoshiki tempt you?

Tell us more below in the comments!


  • Adeline Klam

    RÉJANE > Oui ! Nous les aimons beaucoup aussi ! Ils sont le fruit du travail des créatrices de la marque Mini Labo :) N’hésitez pas à aller découvrir ce qu’elles font sur leur site internet : https://minilabo.fr/fr/

  • Réjane

    Superbe ces nouveau tissus lumineux aux motifs simples mais chatoyants….

  • Adeline Klam

    ANNIE MONTMAYEUR : Merci à vous pour votre petit mot Annie :) À très vite !

  • Annie Montmayeur

    Formidable merci beaucoup, et à bientôt.

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