Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Back to school sandwich wrap - a tutorial

Let me start by saying that I have never written a tutorial before so you may not want to read any further!

Towards the end of last term, my 2 older children told me that their school was trying to reduce waste and could they please take lunchtime drink in re-usable bottles rather than cartons that get thrown away. I thought this was a great idea and promised them that I would make them some sandwich wraps that could be re-used too.

Fast forward 8 weeks and school starts again tommorrow.....

"so did you make our sandwich wraps Mum?".........
"Errrr no not yet, errr, don't worry, I'll do them today!"

So armed with my mobile phone to take some pictures I set to work...

You will need:
approx 13" square of laminated fabric for the inside of the wrapper
approx 13" cotton fabric for the outside of the wrapper
A closure of some kind. I had planned to use velcro but I couldn't find it I decided a button would be pretty. You could also attach some ties and just tie it closed.

* Edited *   If you are using pins please make sure that you only place them in the seam allowance. Once you remove the pins, the pin-holes are always visible in laminated fabric!

To decide what size to make it I grabbed a couple of slices of bread and guessed, I cut my laminate fabric and cotton fabric to 13" x 13" and it seems to be the perfect size :)

Place the 2 squares right sides together and sew a 1/4" around the edge leaving a 4" gap for turning.

Snip off the corners to reduce bulk

Turn right side out and poke the corners out using a chopstick or something pointy but blunt.

Make sure your iron is on a cool setting, and iron the cotton side only (do not iron the laminate side, it might melt!)

Top stitch approx 1/8" around the edge of the wrapper to keep it stable and seal the opening.

To make the wrapper you fold the corners in, as shown below.

I sewed a button-hole at one corner, and then folded it to decide the best place for the button. I decided the button was good approx 3 1/2" in from the corner.

If you were to use ties you could just attach ribbon to the corner and you would be done.

Sew on the button and Voila! You are done!

These can just be washed along with the dishes at the end of the day and will dry quickly because they are just 2 layers of fabric.

Ready to be used again and again.....

It took me about 45 minutes to make these 2 wrappers, but that included a quick hunt for some velcro, and reading the manual for my new sewing machine because I've never done a button-hole on it before! I think the second one took about 10 minutes, so quick and easy, and Eco-friendly :)

If you have any questions, or comments please get in touch. I've never written a tutorial before so would love to hear your feedback :)


  1. These look great. Would be quite funky for sarnies at my desk! What's laminate like to work with? I was going to source some and make a toiletries bag - lining it with laminate inside if it felt suitable. I just know if I make myself a nice boxy toiletries bag it's first use will see everything leak out all lovely fabric and ruin it!

  2. Cute and your kids will be ahead of the game being so waste conscious!

  3. oh, this is awesome~
    I've been meaning to make something to hold my morning waffle as I eat in the car. I felt terrible using a disposable paper towel every morning.. maybe this is what I need to do.
    thanks for the tutorial~

  4. Such a good idea - all the kids will want one!

  5. Brilliant idea Fiona!
    Where did you get your lovely laminated fabric from??

  6. I have to be totally honest and say that is a really good tutorial. Clear and easy to follow. I am going to have a go at making one. Thank you.

  7. Brilliant job on the tutorial, good pics and easy to follow :-) Well done!

  8. This is a great tutorial! I love that they're A) adorable and B) washable! Your notes are really clear...and make it look super easy.

    You have lovely handwriting too :)

  9. What a great idea...I need to look for that type of fabric.

  10. Well done on all accounts - the tute, the eco-friendliness and the buttonhole! I might copy, once I have sewn in all the name tags I ordered last night!

  11. Wonderful tutorial. And great idea. Well done you.

  12. These are too cute!!!! I love the idea when/if I have a school age kiddo I will be sure to make these!!!! I might have too for my little brother although he informed he now prefers school lunch!

  13. What a great idea and a very good tutorial. Ps can't believe how grown up the kids are looking!

  14. Wot a fab idea - these are so practical and gorgeous to look at too! And a fab tute may I say! More please! Jxo

  15. Very lovely. What a security for children to know they have a loving mum at home.

  16. Brilliant. So simple and effective! Your very clear instructions should make this a successful project for anyone.

  17. Great tutorial! You've been featured on the Quality Sewing Tutorials blog.

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  18. Excellent idea. what would be great if you could embroider your child's name on it.


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