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 making picnics. Up until now, my preference has to been to wrap sandwiches in Tupperware, my husband would much rather the food is wrapped in plastic bags which can be thrown away rather than carried around for the rest of the day.
Reusable sandwich wraps – I hope – are the solution. It’s reducing our waste, but is 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.
I am using gorgeous fabric, from Tildas Lemon Tree new range – available here.
How to make reusable sandwich wraps and snack bags
How to wax the fabric with beeswax pellets
Prepare area for lining, 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 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.
Place a second sheet of baking paper on top. Iron – you can see the wax melt and become absorbed into the fabric.
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.
If you have too few you can always add more in areas of the fabric not yet waxed.
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 cut off corner are the top and bottom of the wrap) and for the waxed lining.
Fold the side over to the other side so you can finger crease the middle line of your wrap.
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).
Place your fabrics right side together. Starting at the edge of the top stitch all round to the opposite edge of the top.
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.
Trim 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.
Top stitch across this opening, closing the gap and securing the velcro at the same time.
How to make a reusable snack bag
You will need two pieces of fabric measuring 5 by 14” each, plus a piece of velcro approx 3”.
Place a piece of velcro 1″ down centrally on the bottom edge of your external fabric.
Stitch in place.
Place your opposite piece of velcro 1″ down centrally on your waxed lining fabric, stitch in place.
Put your two pieces of fabric right sides together. Stitch from the top right edge down and round back up to the top left.
Turn right side out. Turn in the opening.
Topstitch in place.
Create the pocket by folding up the bottom edge so the linings face each other, creating a pocket 5″ along the edges.
Topstitch in place to secure. Your top will then fold down and your velcro secure shut your reusable snack bag.
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.
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I was gifted this fabric in return for taking part in a Tildas Lemon Tree Blog Hop – find lots of other lovely inspiration with this fabric here:-
Monday 19th February – SewandSo
Tuesday 20th February – Little Black Duck
Wednesday 21st February – Vicky Myers Creations
Thursday 22nd February – Tea and a Sewing Machine
Monday 26th February – Helen Philipps
Tuesday 27th February – Strawberry Patch Ramblings
Wednesday 28th February – Dinki Dots
Friday 2nd March – Just Jude Designs