Reusable Sandwich Wrap




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An easy to make sandwich wrap that you can use again and again!

Colorful fabrics and iron-on vinyl make these wrappers machine-washable, leak-resistant, and too cute to resist. Fold your sandwiches inside and secure with Velcro. Then open them up and use as a placemat!

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Step 1: Materials

For this project, you'll need:

  • Pre-washed fabric - enough to cut an 18" square
  • Fusible vinyl - I used Heat N' Bond Iron-on Vinyl
  • 3" strip of Velcro
  • Needle & thread to secure Velcro
  • Iron

Step 2:

Fuse the vinyl to the back side of the fabric according to directions.

Peel the backing from the vinyl and place it on the wrong side of the fabric.
Then turn the fabric over and iron from the right side (otherwise you'll end up with vinyl melted all over your iron!)

Step 3: Cut and Finish Edges

Cut your fabric to size - 18" sq. (I made mine a wee bit too small).

Fold the edges to the inside and carefully use the tip of your iron to fuse the vinyl to itself.
Make sure to keep the edge of the iron on the folded edge of the fabric and not on the vinyl itself!

Repeat on all four corners.

Step 4: Add Velcro

Sew your two pieces of Velcro to the right side of the fabric on opposite edges as shown - either by machine or by hand.

I used sticky Velcro, which is why there isn't a picture of me sewing it.

Learn from my mistake. Sticky Velcro is not your friend in this scenario. Sew it.

Step 5: Tuck in Your Sandwich

Place your sandwich in the middle of the wrapper on the vinyl side.

Fold over the two edges without the Velcro to overlap in the middle.

Then fold back one of the Velcro edges.

Fold back the other Velcro edge and tuck under to stick to the opposite Velcro.

Seal it up and you're good to go!

Step 6: The End.

Your new sandwich wrap also becomes it's own picnic blanket for your lunch!

You will now be the envy of your peers. Expect many requests from your friends for their own reusable sandwich wraps!



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    49 Discussions


    Hi there, just checking in. I made a few of these from the heat n' bond vinyl a couple months back, and to answer my own question, they are holding up pretty well! I need to make more! The whole food safety still bothers me a little but from the posts it seems that it's only a hazard if the child chews on it directly? I can't find any other info online. Anyways, I still love this. Thanks! :D

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    1 reply

    3 years ago

    Would waxcloth work for this product instead of using heat bodes vinyl on material?


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I'm not seeing how this would keep sandwich as fresh a plastic sandwich baggy or even a as fresh as a sandwich well wrapped in wax paper, how we did it before the plastic baggy.


    If you use PUL or ProCare the washable waterproof fabric used for cloth diapers, wetbags and snackbags it is all food safe. You'd need to serge or fold and stitch the sides though. Not sure if you could iron melt it. You can make snack bags easy with velcro or zipper tops too.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    PEVA is food safe, cheap shower curtains are made from this stuff.


    7 years ago on Step 6

    Why didn't the sticky velcro work? I bought adhesive velcro by mistake.

    Brilliant idea!But I just worry about the safety.We are Eco-friendly fabric manufacture but we are dare not to use the fabric for food package,slightly pollution will be occurred in dyeing and coating treatment.

    If you have good idea to solve the problem,plz email me at

    Tks & Best Regards,

    Steven Chueng


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This is great! I am totally doing this for my sons school lunches! Thanks!

    When heat and bond iron on vinyl came out I went to the fabric store and they showed us that you can use heat and bond and plain vinyl with the same results. It's cheaper. I wonder if you could buy a roll of the plastic that is used with the foodsaver and use the heat and bond.

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is great! My Mom keeps telling us stories of her mother washing those junky cheap plastic sandwich bags (luckily my Mom doesn't do that, but she complains that she can't). I will definitely be sharing this with her. (Now to figure out how to make sure Dad brings them back home.) I do have a question though - would you wash it in the dishwasher or the washing machine?

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I would suggest washing machine and dryer. Make up a bunch, then you don't have to wash them every day. And looking for discount fabrics or using old shirts/ jeans means that even if you accidentally throw one away, it's not a huge financial loss!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I can see tossing them in a machine washer, but it seems like they would melt in the dryer. Is this a case of "tumble dry low/no heat" or are they fine on even the higher settings?


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Hm... I wonder if this could be an umbrella upcycle project? Or if I could use an old raincoat for fabric? Would those be food safe?


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    yes yes, good point, that does happen to me often, i should do this to a couple of my sandwich-wrapping handkerchiefs.


    8 years ago on Step 5

    these are brill!!! i must make one for my son =)