How to make a reusable sandwich wrap plus giveaway

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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.

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How to make reusable sandwich wraps and snack bags

 

RECOMMENDED SUPPLIES:

  • Beeswax Pellets
  • 2 Fabric squares 14″ per sandwich wrap
  • 2 Fabric rectangles  by per snack bag
  • Velcro
  • Baking paper
  • Iron

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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.

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.

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Sign up to my newsletter for access to my free resource library, the resource library includes various bag patterns as PDF’s plus a number of cheat sheets.

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


67 Comments

  1. Joanne
    February 21, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    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

    • Vicky
      Author
      February 22, 2018 / 8:32 am

      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.

  2. Kay
    February 21, 2018 / 6:28 pm

    I have signed up for the newsletter. Thank you for the tutorial, I had no idea how to make fabric like this.

  3. Sharon
    February 21, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    All signed up!!

  4. Saskia
    February 21, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    Signed! Up! This is exciting!

  5. Lenore
    February 21, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    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

    • Vicky
      Author
      February 22, 2018 / 8:30 am

      Making some fabric as covers for food in the fridge – should have done that whilst I had the iron out!

  6. Margaret Vernon
    February 21, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    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.

    • Vicky
      Author
      February 22, 2018 / 8:28 am

      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!

  7. Christine Lockley
    February 21, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    What a fab idea and definitely on my to-do list this year. Signed up, many thanks

    • Vicky
      Author
      February 22, 2018 / 8:29 am

      I have to admit the project has been on my to-do list far too long!

  8. Claire martin
    February 22, 2018 / 3:12 am

    Great idea for gifts for friends

  9. Christi
    February 22, 2018 / 7:24 am

    I signed up.

  10. Christi
    February 22, 2018 / 7:25 am

    Great info. I’ve not used beeswax in years.

  11. Michelle
    February 22, 2018 / 6:45 pm

    Subscribed! What a great idea. I’m so happy I found your blog. I will enjoy looking through all of your creative projects.

  12. Judith
    February 23, 2018 / 5:41 am

    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.

  13. Deborah W.
    February 24, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    So pretty and a great idea for reusable wraps! I subscribe and also pinned it two places @ssjmommy Thanks!

  14. Micheline
    February 24, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    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 🙂

  15. Ellen
    February 24, 2018 / 10:45 pm

    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!!

  16. Samantha
    February 25, 2018 / 12:22 am

    Love this idea! Great newsletter as well

  17. Lasmi Suliantini
    February 25, 2018 / 8:12 am

    Saya suka dengan semua kreatifitas anda…

  18. Gail
    February 25, 2018 / 8:13 am

    I am receiving you newsletter Thanks for the neat give-a-way

  19. Diane
    February 25, 2018 / 8:41 am

    I have signed up for the newsletter.
    I’m so excited about these sandwich wraps. Simply stunning.

  20. Micheline
    February 25, 2018 / 8:49 am

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

  21. Lynda Treen
    February 25, 2018 / 11:14 am

    These are so neat and I LOVE the fabric. Love being eco-friendly.

  22. Pam
    February 25, 2018 / 11:54 am

    These are really cool.
    Thanks for the giveaway offer… I’m all signed up 🙂

  23. Michele T
    February 25, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    I am already getting your email newsletter. I e never heard of beeswax paper so this would be awesome!

  24. Linda
    February 25, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    I am looking forward to making some of these sandwich wraps. I like the idea of zero waste.

  25. Mary Lou
    February 25, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    This is a great idea. I subscribe

  26. Helena Morgan
    February 25, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    I’m signed up. Can’t wait to try make these.

  27. Kellie Campbell-Mulkey
    February 25, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    I subscribed to your newsletter. Thank you for the chance to win

  28. Elaine
    February 25, 2018 / 3:56 pm

    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.

  29. Vicki H
    February 25, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    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.

  30. Celina Gray
    February 25, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    I love this! And I have subscribed to the newsletter : )

  31. mary c
    February 25, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    Great idea! I love reading your newsletter via email!

  32. Carla Hundley
    February 25, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    Got your letter and
    this is a fabulous
    idea! Your packages
    look so pretty and
    would be delightful
    to use.
    Carla from Utah

  33. Shirley McManus
    February 25, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    Those are perfect. I love that they are reusable.

  34. Shirley McManus
    February 25, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    Forgot to mention that I do get your newsletter. Fab ideas that everyone can use.

  35. Susan Spiers
    February 25, 2018 / 5:48 pm

    Very nice! I am a newsletter subscriber!

  36. February 25, 2018 / 6:15 pm

    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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  37. February 25, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    A happy newsletter subscriber! I love your tips and projects.

  38. Brenda Jerles
    February 25, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    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?

  39. Marlene
    February 25, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    I have signed up for your newsletter. I love the tutorial for the sandwich bags. I will be making some of these very soon.

  40. Marlene
    February 25, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    I subscribe to your newsletter. Thank you for this great tutorial for the lunch sack

  41. Lisa Garrett
    February 25, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    I am a newsletter subscriber!

  42. Amanda Thompson
    February 25, 2018 / 9:48 pm

    I am signed up for the newsletter and have bought some beeswax pellets to have a go at making these!

  43. February 27, 2018 / 6:46 am

    Sandwich is so delicious, we should try all kinds of methods to satisfy our tasting.

  44. DannieLyn
    March 1, 2018 / 11:35 am

    Just subscribed!

  45. Stephanie Angel
    March 1, 2018 / 11:36 am

    Thank you, I am subscribed

  46. Kathy Z.
    March 1, 2018 / 11:48 am

    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

  47. Beth
    March 1, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    I am a long time subscriber!

  48. Vanessa
    March 1, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    All signed up for a long time. Thank you for all you wonderful ideas.

  49. Bobbie StClair
    March 1, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    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

  50. Missy Rodden
    March 1, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    I have signed up for your newsletter and have enjoyed reading the articles and tutorials.

  51. nannieannie
    March 1, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    Subscribed. Brilliant idea. Thank you.

  52. Jewel
    March 1, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    I am a long time subscriber and FAN

  53. March 1, 2018 / 2:49 pm

    All signed up ! Thanks

  54. usairdoll
    March 1, 2018 / 3:03 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial. I’ve always wanted to make some of these 😉

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  55. usairdoll
    March 1, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    I’ve subscribed to your newsletter and I saved to my Pinterest board.

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  56. Kresti Lyddon
    March 1, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    I am subscribed to your newsletter and have saved this to my Pinterest board!

  57. Cy Swendsen
    March 2, 2018 / 5:31 am

    Thank you I am subscribed.

  58. March 2, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    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 ? !

  59. March 3, 2018 / 1:19 am

    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.

  60. Natassia Sitter
    March 5, 2018 / 9:51 am

    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!

  61. Laura
    March 6, 2018 / 7:55 am

    These are amazing!!!

  62. Linda Warner
    March 7, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    Signed up for newsletter

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