Every time I pull out a ziploc bag (or throw one away!), I just cringe. What a waste! (Not only creating trash, but I’m throwing away something I spent money on!) I decided to make some reusable sandwich wraps, based on this tutorial.
As she mentions, the ideal fabric would probably be waterproof PUL, but I didn’t have any. I did have a few torn/broken old ziploc baggies that I rescued from being thrown away. Plus, I have a half yard of vinyl “tablecloth” material (waterproof on one side, fuzzy on the other).
I didn’t want the vinyl in contact with our food, so I used that as the outside material. I used the ziploc bag as the interior lining.
I trimmed off the “zipper” part of the baggie, and cut down the sides and bottom to create two squares. (I only use one square per wrap.) Then I cut a square of the vinyl fabric to fit (about 10 1/2 inches). Since the fabric I am using is waterproof on one side, I didn’t need to “double-up” the fabrics, as in the linked tutorial. (Although, if you want a prettier inside to your wrap, you definitely could add an extra layer of fabric under the baggie.)
I laid the ziploc bag on top of the waterproof side of the vinyl, and stitched around the edge (leaving a gap of a few inches, to turn it inside out). After turning it inside out and poking out the corners (right sides are now out), I folded in the raw edges around the opening, and stitched around the entire wrap’s outside edge.
I cut 1″ pieces of 3/4″ velcro, sewing the soft “loop” side to two edges on the outside (vinyl) part of the wrap. Then, I sewed the “hook” side of the velcro on two opposing corners on the inside of the wrap. (As shown in Crazy Mumma’s tutorial.) It is complete! Just fold over opposing corners, over your sandwich, and match up the velcro pieces.
I paid 88 cents for a half yard of vinyl tablecloth remnant material (enough to make 5 or 6 wraps), and 99 cents for a yard of velcro (way more than enough!). This is definitely a savings from paying around $7 for a commercially-made reusable sandwich wrap (or even regularly buying boxes of sandwich baggies).
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