These reusable sandwich wraps are so easy to use, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered with plastic sandwich bags.
Just place your sandwich in the center of the wrap, fold in the sides, and the Velcro will hold them securely in place. Then, open the wrap back up at lunch time, and use it as a placemat. These have a food-safe lining, and are both wipeable and machine-washable.
Making them is easy, too. Just a small amount of cutting and sewing, and you’ll have a sandwich wrap that you can use over and over again.
Reusable Sandwich Wrap Tutorial
What You’ll Need:
- (1) 12″ x 12″ piece of laminated cotton
- (1) 12″ x 12″ piece of ProCare Food Safe Waterproof Fabric
- (2) 2″ lengths of Velcro (sew-on hook and loop strip). I used 3/4″
- Polyester thread
- A ruler
- Sewing clips
- A sewing machine (This is the machine that I have)
Optional (but nice to have):
You should be able to find laminated cotton at the fabric store, but you’ll find a better selection online. Making it yourself is another option. Just iron a vinyl interface, like Pellon 875 Lamifix, to any cotton fabric.
I ordered the Procare fabric lining from Wazoodle. It’s also available in small, half-yard pieces on Etsy. Here’s what I bought.
The colored hook and loop strip that I used on my wraps came from Hobby Lobby. It’s Sew-Ology brand. Each package contains one yard, which is enough to make nine reusable sandwich wraps.
What You Do:
Clip the fabric together right-sides facing. The smooth side is the right-side of the Procare lining. I used sewing clips, rather than pins because I didn’t want to leave any permanent holes in the fabric. If you don’t own sewing clips, just use binder clips or paper clips instead.
Sew a 1/2-inch hem around the wrap, leaving one of the sides open for turning.
Laminated cotton has a tendency to stick and bunch when you’re sewing it, but this is easily remedied. Start by using a stitch length of 3mm. Then, stick a piece of scrap paper under your fabric when you sew. This will keep the laminate moving over the feed dogs. When you’re done sewing, simply tear the paper off. If you have a non-stick foot, I also recommend using it. It’s made of plastic, rather than metal, so it won’t stick to the laminate.
Then, turn the sandwich wrap right-side out; …
fold the open seam in; and secure it with sewing clips.
Sew a 1/8-inch seam around the edge of the sandwich wrap to close the seam and add a decorative detail.
Then, sew a piece of Velcro in each corner. To make sure everything matches up properly, sew the loop pieces in the bottom corners of the lining. Then, sew the hook pieces in the top corners of the laminated cotton, and you’re done!
To use: Simply place your sandwich in the wrap. Fold in the sides, so the Velcro meets. Then, fold the bottom up, and the top down, so the other Velcro pieces meet. Easy!
Care Instructions: These reusable wraps can be wiped clean, or machine-washed on cold, and tumbled dry on low, though I prefer to air-dry mine. They are NOT dishwasher-safe.
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