My Earth Friendly Sandwich Wraps

This is yet another oldie but goodie…..  This one helps save the Earth. Make your own sandwich wraps.  No longer need sandwich baggies.

I am so glad you have decided to rid your family’s lunch boxes of baggies!!

1.  Select your fabric.  I have found that lightweight cotton does best.  Now, if you have scrap material, jump up and down and squeal “Yippie!” Finally, you have something to do with those scrap pieces.    If you don’t have a lot of material laying around, find an old worn out shirt.  For the sandwich wrap you need a 12 inch square.  The smaller bags can be of any size.  Rectangular shapes are best for the small bags.

2.  Cut your fabric.

Sandwich wrap:  12 inch square

12 inch square
12 inch square

For the smaller bag use a retangular piece of material of any size.

small bag material
small bag material

3.  Cut your clear contact paper.

Sandwich wrap:  12 inch square

Bag:  measure your rectangle and cut your contact paper to match.

cut to the size of your material
cut to the size of your material

4.  Adhere the contact paper to the wrong side of your material.  Be careful.  The contact paper likes to stick to itself.  It is very difficult to get it unstuck!!  Smooth out any wrinkles once the paper is on the fabric.  Trim the excess contact paper along the edges.

put the contact paper on the wrong side of fabric... smooth out wrinkles
put the contact paper on the wrong side of fabric… smooth out wrinkles

Let’s make a Sandwich Wrap

5. Now it is time to sew the edges.  Fold the edge.  Do not pin.  The pins will puncture the contact paper and the water that you wash the bag/wrap with will seep into  it causing the contact paper to loose it’s stickiness.  Do not irn the folds either…. contact paper will melt.  I fold mine like a small hem foldin it over twice and stitching in place.  Do one edge at a time pivoting at the corners.

fold over twice and sew!
fold over twice and sew!

6.  With the edges done now it is time to add the velcro.  You can use the industrial strength stick on kind or the sew on.  Either one works great.  The stick on is faster and easier but may need to be replaced sooner than the sew on especially after a few washes.

fold two corners place velcro where they overlap.
fold two corners place velcro where they overlap.
fold the other corners and add velcro
Hey!  You're done!!
Hey! You’re done!

Small Bags

1.  Just like the wrap.  Cut your contact paper to fit your size of material.  Then, sew the edges.

contact paper and edges are done.
contact paper and edges are done.

2.  Fold the bottom 2/3 the way up.

fold 2/3 up
fold 2/3 up

3.  Stitch the sides together.

sew edges together
sew edges together

4.  Add your velcro.

add velcro
add velcro
look the bag is done!
look the bag is done!

I like to think that I am contributing to a greener environment, but I really like the idea that my kids can have a cleaner place to eat their lunch in the school cafeteria.

wrap makes a place mat!
wrap makes a place mat!

How to wrap your sandwich

place sandwich in center of wrap
place sandwich in center of wrap
fold up
fold up
fold down
fold down
repeat
repeat
sandwich is wrapped!
sandwich is wrapped!

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