November 03, 2007
Ellie’s Chopstick Roll

My friend Ellie carries her own chopsticks with her wherever she goes so that she doesn’t have to use disposable chopsticks at restaurants. Each year, 25 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks (waribashi) are used in Japan. That’s 200 pairs per person. There are a few recycling programs, but most used waribashi get thrown into the garbage. What a waste.

Ellie carries her “My Hashi ” in her purse, protected in a roll of fabric. She’d like to make a few of these as gifts, but wasn’t sure how to do it. So we sat down over a cocktail and I reverse-engineered the design. It’s really simple and clever.


Download instructions
A4-size PDF 555K

Posted by kuri at November 03, 2007 10:50 AM


I revised the pattern this morning to make the square smaller. The originally spec’d 45 cm makes a roll no smaller than 29 cm wide. But that’s really too big for 22 cm chopsticks. A 28 cm square is more suitable (and easier to fit inside your bag).

Or make a bigger one and use it for paintbrushes!

Posted by: Kristen on November 4, 2007 11:46 AM
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