Looking for how to make reusable sandwich bags? I’ve got you covered right here! Below is a bit of discussion on how to choose a food safe fabric before you start sewing.
Using reusable sandwich bags in place of single-use plastic is great for reducing lunchtime waste, but it turns out finding food-safe fabric can be tricky!
My DIY snack bag tutorial (linked above) has consistently been one of the most popular posts at Crafting a Green World for quite some time now. The tutorial is a simple one, but what’s really bumpin’ on that article is the comments section. There has been a ton of discussion about finding a food safe fabric that’s water resistant and free from plastics.
There’s some great discussion about food safe fabric in that article’s comments section, and I definitely recommend heading over and reading through there. I think it’s a great look into the green crafty mindset: lots of creative problem-solving as ethical crafters hunt for a solution that fits into our crafty ethics.
Since writing that tutorial and a follow-up piece on food-safe fabric, I ran across a plastic-free solution that I wanted to share with you!
Waxed Canvas: Food Safe Fabric That’s Plastic Free!
For me, the ideal food safe fabric is free of any kind of plastic. I try to keep plastic out of my kitchen as much as possible, so my perfect solution would use all natural materials. That’s why I actually gasped out loud when I saw Betz White mention waxed canvas in one of her tutorials.
YES! The wax would help make the fabric be a bit more water resistant without using any plastic! Betz got her waxed canvas from Rough & Tumble on Etsy.
If you’re more of a DIY purist, you can also make your own wax canvas using this tutorial from The Art of Doing Stuff. To make this vegan, you can use candelilla wax instead of beeswax. Candelila wax is a glaze used in making candy, so if some does get onto the food in your waxed bags, it won’t contaminate your food.
Waxed canvas is going to be a nice, heavy fabric, so if you use it to make your snack bags, you can skip the lining, which makes it an even quicker project. Really, it’s a win all around, right?
What do you guys think? Does this food safe fabric option solve your reusable sandwich bag-making woes? Have you found other plastic free options?
I originally published a version of this article at Crafting a Green World.