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How To Use Less Plastic: Create Becky Cole’s Reusable Sandwich Wrap!

How To Use Less Plastic: Create Becky Cole’s Reusable Sandwich Wrap!
Simple Kitchen Sewing: A Reusable Sandwich Wrap
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Reducing our reliance on single-use plastic is one of the most important changes we can make to our daily lives, and whilst many have now started investing in reusable coffee cups and metal drinking straws in order to use less plastic, there’s still one disposable plastic culprit in almost every kitchen in the country… and that’s clingfilm! The majority of clingfilm used in our kitchens still ends up in landfills, where it takes hundreds of years to degrade. Clingfilm remnants that end up in the sea pose significant dangers to many marine creatures, who confuse this rubbish for edible jellyfish, not to mention the chemical pollution that results! So Becky Cole is here with another fantastic kitchen sewing project to help us use less of the stuff – a reusable sandwich wrap!

All seam allowances are 1cm unless otherwise stated.

Time to Make: Under 1 hour

Skill Level: Beginner

You Will Need:

Use Less Plastic – Create This Pretty Reusable Sandwich Wrap:

Step 1 :

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Cut two 30cm fabric scquares; one from your cotton fabric and one from your plastic fabric. Mark the centre point of the square on the right side of the cotton fabric, using your dressmaker’s pen.

Step 2 :

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Lay your squares right sides together, and stitch all the way around, leaving a 15cm gap along one edge, and pivoting in the corners.

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Trim off the corners and pull the wrap through the gap, turning it round the right way. Pull out the corners using a pin.

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Step 3 :

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Turn under the raw edges of the gap you left, tucking them inside the sewn squares. Pin in place, and top-stitch around the whole shape a few millimeters from the edge, closing the gap. As the seams cannot be pressed due to the plastic fabric, you will find it easiest to roll the seams in your fingers as you sew, pulling them out to form a neat edge.

Step 4 :

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Cut a strip of fabric measuring 32cm x 6cm.

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Using your iron, press 1cm along both long edges of the strip.

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Repeat this at the ends. Fold the strip in half lengthwise, lining up the pressed edges, press, and stitch all the way around.

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Step 5 :

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Now turn the square diagonally, so that you are looking at the cotton fabric side.

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Find the centre point you marked at the beginning, and pin the middle of the fabric strip at this point.

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Stitch a rectangle around the central point, securing the strip to the square.

Step 6 :

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Mark points at the ends of the strip. If you are using snap poppers, attach these according to your tool’s instructions. If you would prefer to use Velcro, stitch small 3cm square pieces at the ends, making sure to position them on alternating sides of the strip, so that they meet when the wrap is closed. Your reusable sandwich wrap is now complete!

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Now the sewing’s done, you can create something tasty to put inside ready for lunch tomorrow! And if you enjoyed sewing this gorgeous reusable sandwich wrap, you’ll love Becky Cole’s DIY Reusable Lids, and her gorgeous Home-Sewn Sandwich Bag!

 

 

Simple Kitchen Sewing: A Reusable Sandwich Wrap

Summary: This pretty reusable sandwich wrap can be used for sandwiches in a packed lunch at school or work and, because it’s fully washable, you can reuse it time and time again! Make your lunchbox more attractive, save money, and reduce landfill waste all in one go… how’s that for less than an hour’s work?

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