How to make a reusable sandwich wrap

Learn how easy it is to make your own wax sandwich wraps. These reusable cloth sandwich wraps are perfect for picnics and packed lunches, ditch the plastic!

 

As a child, I remember hating the fact we couldn’t go anywhere without a picnic being made first – as an adult I now see my parents reasoning! We were fussy eaters (as are my children), but mainly for financial reasons – buying a family lunch out soon adds up. As a parent myself, I am always packing picnics. Up until now, my preference has to been to wrap sandwiches in Tupperware, my husband would much rather the food is wrapped in single-use plastic bags for sandwiches which can be thrown away rather than carried around for the rest of the day.

Reusable sandwich wrappers are the perfect solution. Not only are reusable wraps reducing our waste, but are super light and small to carry once the food is eaten! Beeswax wraps are super easy to make, double up as a plate for your sandwich and are easily wiped clean once used. A reusable fabric sandwich wraps is great too for school lunches.

How to care for your beeswax reusable sandwich wrap

You can easily wipe them clean or wash your reusable lunch wrap in cool water with a mild dish soap.

Learn how easy it is to make your own wax sandwich wraps. These reusable cloth sandwich wraps are perfect for picnics and packed lunches, ditch the plastic! Make your own reusable Sandwich wraps reuseable #waxwrapsDIY #reuseablesandwichwraps #reduceplastic

The sandwich adjustable wrap is perfectly teamed with a small insulated lunch bag made from fabric scraps and old jeans, click for the lunch bag tutorial.


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If you are looking for more eco sewing projects check my round up of great sewing projects, reusable items for everyday living.

Reusable sandwich wrap tutorial

RECOMMENDED SUPPLIES:

 

  • Beeswax Pellets
  • 2 Cotton fabric squares 14″ per sandwich wrap
  • Velcro
  • Baking paper
  • Iron

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How to wax the fabric with beeswax pellets

Prepare your area for waxing, you could layer up several old t towels on the table if your 14″ squares are wider than the ironing board.

Place a piece of baking paper (baking sheets) on top of the t towels followed by your 14″ fabric right side up – this is the fabric for inside the wrap.

Scatter wax pellets across the fabric. The volume required is a bit of trial and error.

Scatter beeswax to make your own reusable sandwich bags

Place a second sheet of baking paper on top. Iron – you can see the wax melt and become absorbed into the fabric.

how to make reusable food wraps

If you place too much wax pellets on you can always place a second sheet of fabric in the baking paper sandwich to absorb the excess wax.

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If you have too few you can always add more in areas of the fabric not yet waxed.

beeswax food wraps

You can use this method to make reusable food wraps and food covers to replace cling wrap in your fridge.

How to make the sandwich beeswax wraps

Measure 2 1/2” down both sides from a corner, mark then cut across (removing the corner of the fabric). Repeat on the opposite side of the square. Do this for your external pretty fabric (you may wish to think about the direction of any print on the fabric, these trimmed corners are the top and bottom of the wrap) and for the waxed lining.

how to fold a square wrap sandwich

Fold the side over to the other side so you can finger crease the middle line of your wrap, this is to act as a guide for the velcro closure.

handmade sandwich wraps

On the bottom corner of the external fabric place a strip of sew on velcro so it runs up the centre of the fabric starting an inch from your corner edge. Sew in place (please excuse poor tension).

handmade sandwich bags

Place your fabrics right side together. Starting at the edge of the top stitch all round to the opposite edge of the top, the seam allowance is 5/8″.

I suggest placing the non-waxed iron on the base of the sewing machine with the waxed layer at the top. If your machine fails to gain traction and move through the wax (the thinner the wax the easier it finds it) try a walking foot, or a little tape on the base of your sewing machine foot.

cloth sandwich wrap

Trim the excess fabric from the corners and turn right sides out.

Fold the fabric in on your open edge. Place the opposite piece of velcro right side facing the lining so the edge is held in place by the fold.

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Top stitch across this opening, closing the gap and securing the velcro at the same time.

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Giveaway

I am excited today to giveaway the reusable beeswax wraps package below, to enter the giveaway simply sign up to my newsletter and comment below letting me know. For a second entry pin and comment in a second comment. This competition is open internationally.

CLOSED – the winner is Kay, my son chose a random number, he picked two.

Reusable sandwich wraps reduce our waste, they are super easy to make, double up as a plate for your sandwich and are easily wiped clean once used. Check out my accompanying reusable snack bags tutorial.

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77 thoughts on “How to make a reusable sandwich wrap”

  1. O am not really sure what bag paper is could you try to explain what it is to me the only thing I can think of is parchment paper, but I don’t want to try it and ruin my iron if I am not correct. Also where do you buy the beeswax. I really want to make these, so much less going into the landfill this way

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    • I believe parchment paper is the same as baking paper 🙂 I bought my beeswax from Amazon – there is an affiliate link in the list of materials if this helps.

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  2. Recently I attended a workshop learning to make beeswax wraps. I bought a cheap iron ($7.50) from Kmart so I am not concerned about wax on the iron. We had a block of beeswax (google search will indicate where it can be bought, ensure it has no additives and is pure beeswax). They are terrific to cover any food on the refrigerator except fresh meat. I would love to win your sandwich keeper, I know I would use it. X

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  3. Fantastic! I applaud anyone who is actively doing something to reduce the use of plastic in the home. And I just love, love, love Tilda fabrics.

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    • They are beautiful fabrics:) Daughter was eyeing up my sandwich wrap this morning – not sure she would have been too happy with chutney in her sandwiches if she had swapped lunches for the packaging!

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  4. I bought some beeswax to make food covers a little while ago. Sandwich wrappers were next on my list, so this is a timely reminder. I love the fabric.

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  5. I’ve been meaning to make these for a while (along with crocheted beaded covers for my kefir!), got the beeswax, need to find the right material. Thank you for the reminder – your material is beautiful and your sewing skills better than mine! Have signed up for the newsletter 🙂

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  6. I have just bought (secondhand) items to try out, for the first time, wax fabric squares to be used in place of plastic wrap so your tutorial today is going to used when I try it out. I have wanted to do it for ages but lacked confidence as I have not worked with wax before. Thanks so much and of course, I would love the opportunity to win one of your lunch bags. Well done you!!

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  7. Subscribed! I’ve been meaning to make these for ages, bought the beeswax but couldn’t find the right material. Yours is gorgeous!

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  8. I was already signed up! These have been on my to do list for far too long. I make sandwiches for my husband most days and use plastic wrap. I am actively trying to reduce my plastic use and recycle all of the rubbish that I can.

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  9. I’ve never used beeswax. You make is look easy to use. I am thinking of making some for my daughters that take their lunch to work. I am a subscriber.

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  10. Oh Vicky! This post is a happy maker. 3 things to mention:
    1. I’m on your newsletter list. 🙂
    2. I’ve avoided the whole re-useable snack bag thing because I’m not into cleaning out the insides of bags. But… a flat wrapper that folds up then opens flat again? That’s right up my alley! Going to make some.
    3. The waxing part of the process looks like a fun, messy, joyful project. I must get me some beeswax and invite a crafty friend over to play. #waxallthestuff.

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  11. I have always wanted to make these! I hadn’t heard of making them with Beeswax before but what a fantastic idea!
    I have signed up for your newsletter.
    Can these be washed?

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  12. Hi, I think I was already signed up….I just wash and dry the plastic sandwich (and larger) bags, but I must admit your wraps are much prettier!

    Please enter me in the giveaway!

    Thanks

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  13. These are such a great idea! I think I may have to make some for our missionaries who don’t have access to baggies or plastic wrap.
    I receive the newsletter! Thank you

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  14. This is a wonderful idea ! Sadly I dont have a sEwing machine , it died on me after about 30 years of good use and now I find I cant afford a new one 🙁 I have subscribed to your newsletter and look forward to them arriving in my mail box . Please enter me into your free give away draw ? !

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  15. I’m a subscriber. I think we are both on the same wavelength, enjoying making good use of recycled fabrics. Best wishes for all your enterprises.

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  16. All signed up to the newsletter! Great tutorial, been hoping to start making some wraps to get rid of that awful tin foil in our house!

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  17. Thank you for this tutorial. I like the idea of soaking the inner fabric with beeswax. You say it can be wiped clean. But can the whole thing be tossed in the washing machine? I am making these for my kids and anticipate needing to wash them on a regular basis.

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  18. What an impressive idea! I love the idea of a traditional box. Thanks so much for the good post and keep continue writing these kind of amazing ideas and also share on this blog because i am going to start following your blog.

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  19. Hello, I love this idea! Just a few questions (I am new on this). Why do you need the wax? Can I put it in the washing machine ? Can I put it in the fridge or the microwave?
    I know this can be silly questions, but I’d appreciate if someone could tell me

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    • The wax gives a water-resistant barrier which may be useful if you add chutney, mayonnaise etc to your sandwiches. I would not recommend heating in the microwave as the wax could melt onto your sandwich but it is totally fine in the fridge. I hope this helps, Vicky

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