Once I heard about the laminated side of mul•tex™ being food safe, I knew instantly one of the items I wanted to make with it. I’ve been trying to become more eco-friendly more and more as time goes on and so I wanted to make a reusable sandwich wrap to use for packed lunches and picnics.
I used two of my favourite fabrics for this project. I found them as remnants at my local fabric store Fabricland and just loved the colours in them. I chose to cut two pieces (one of each fabric for contrast) about 12 by 18 inches (finished size – allow about 1/2 an inch on all sides for seam allowance). I made it this size because then when it’s opened up, it can double as a placemat – very handy for having a clean surface on which to eat your lunch at work or school or for on the ground or dirty table at a picnic.
Put the right sides together and sew all the way around the edges except for an opening to flip it right side out. Once I turned it to the right side, I gave it a quick pressing to ensure that all the edges were straight and flat and then I whip stitched the opening shut. As you can see from the picture above, when you place the mul•tex™ on top of the fabric you can see very well through it, and I wanted it to still be pretty from the inside as you were using it as well as from the outside.
I cut one piece of mul•tex™ 12 by 18 inches to cover the fabric “placemat” and then another piece about 4 inches square. I sewed the square laminated side up on three sides to the larger piece of mul•tex™ to form a pocket. When my daughter was little, every single day that she went to school, I would put a note in her lunch and I thought this would be handy for holding little hidden notes under the sandwich as a sweet little surprise. Then I sewed the larger piece of mul•tex™ with the pocket attached to my fabric, securing on all sides.
My final step was to put a button on to hold it closed. The elastic going around the button is actually a ponytail holder. I bought a large package of them at my local dollar store, Dollarama, and found them really handy for these purposes. I find them much easier to secure by tacking them onto my projects than your standard elastic thread, you can get them in so many pretty colours, and they were really inexpensive! You can also use something like Velcro here as a closure but I think the button adds a really pretty touch. To use the wrap, place the sandwich right in the middle, fold in each of the long sides and then each of the ends so that the button is on top. Secure with the elastic band and your sandwich is wrapped and ready to transport.
Check out the previous posts using mul•tex™ here: