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Today I have a really easy sewing tutorial on how to make a reusable sandwich wrap. These eco friendly reusable food wraps are a great food storage idea and an alternative to single use sandwich wrapper plastics such as cling wrap or sandwich bags.
Why Make Reusable Sandwich Wraps?
As a planet we are using more and more single use plastic. As you know, here at A Rose Tinted World we love to be environmentally friendly. We strive to use less single use plastic and be more zero waste. So today’s sewing tutorial shows you how to make a more sustainable reusable lunch wrap.
By using reusable sandwich bags, reusable lunch wraps and other sandwich wrap alternatives such as beeswax food wrap (see how to make beeswax wraps here), it stops me from using single use plastic wrap and aluminium foil when wrapping lunches.
Why Use These Reusable Wraps For Food And Not A Reusable Sandwich Bag?
There are some great alternative options out there. You could try using waxed cotton bags and wraps. I have tried waxing some cotton fabric to use instead of cling film. But I did think that this may be a bit messy for my 4 year old.
Also, she is not the best at zips just yet, and finds it hard to open reusable boxes. So I personally decided to try easily opened reusable lunch wraps instead.
What Plastic Should I Use As A Lining?
Yes, I know. There is some plastic with a DIY reusable food wrap. But as they can be washed and reused again and again, they are a great alternative to throwing away a plastic ziplock bag every day. These should last us a few years.
I did some research though into the correct plastic to use as the lining of my DIY reusable sandwich wrap. Coated cotton is not always BPA free, and there are often phthalates in some of the plastics that are available.The one general consensus I found by researching the best type of waterproof fabric is that ProCare fabric is generally considered to be the safest. This is used in the reusable nappy market, and meets medical safety standards for food use. It is quite expensive, but for safety reasons I personally would not use anything else when wrapping edibles.
How To Make Reusable Sandwich Wraps
So are you ready for a step by step reusable sandwich wrap tutorial? Then read on!
They are actually quite easy, as you don’t really need a eco sandwich wrap sewing pattern, but just make them the size that you need in your home.
So, To Make Each Eco Lunch Wrap You Will Need
- Some pretty cotton – I used this skull one from Minerva plus some others from my remnant bag
- Some ProCare or other food safe plastic
- Velcro strip or pads – I decided sew on velcro was the easiest opening for my little one
- A quilting ruler, scissors, cutting mat and rotary cutter
- Coordinating polyester thread.
- A sewing machine
I cut my squares to be 12 inches. And cut 2x 1 inch of sew on velcro for each wrap. The sew on velcro has both the hook and loop parts, and comes apart.
Take one piece of ProCare and one piece of cotton. Place them right sides together and sew a 1 cm (Half inch) seam allowance all the way around – except for a 5cm gap at one side. Backstitch at the start and end of your sewing.
Clip the corners and trim the seam allowance down. I used pinking shears.
Turn the wrap the right way out and press on the cotton side with an iron on a low heat. Beware! The plastic may melt if you use too hot an iron!
Make sure that the seam allowance in the turning gap is pressed well, as we will need to close this.
Then topstitch about 6mm from the edge all the way around the square. This closes the turning gap and gives a nice crisp edge.
Finally, sew the hook and loop pieces of velcro to opposite corners. I sewed the hooks to the inside corners and the loops (fuzzy part) to the outside corners.
And you have your finished fabric sandwich wrap!
Now you know how to make a sandwich wrap you can make these in all the colours. They are totally washable. I wash them with my usual dish soap. But do not tumble dry, it is better to air dry or line dry them.
And yes, in the future I will probably make some zipped lunch bags or a wet bag to wrap sandwich and snacks. But I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial and that you love making these eco snack wrap alternatives for yourself!
Prefer to buy these? Why not shop for some ready made items on sale here?
Have You Enjoyed This Post? Why Not Read These?
I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial on how to make reusable sandwich wraps. Will you be using this to wrap sandwiches in future? Love this DIY sandwich wrap and want more zero waste ideas? Why not read
- My Post On How To Make Reusable Kitchen Roll?
- Find my Beeswax Sandwich Wrap DIY post here – another reusable lunch wrap idea.
- if you have some ProCare left over you could make these reusable straw holders.
- how to make shampoo bars and soaps last longer by making and using a wash cloth soap holder?
- How To Make Your Own Zero Waste Dish Washers – Unsponges.
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