I have been trying to figure out a way to make a crochet sandwich bag that is reusable so that I don’t have to keep using plastic baggies and I think I finally figured it out! So, here is my take on a crochet reusable sandwich wrap, that can help me ditch the plastic!
The first hurdle I faced in designing this was to figure out how to make it reusable and not just crochet! So, after doing some research and looking around at what sewists were doing, I decided to create something with crochet that was similar to the fabric ones.
I love to add fabric to my crochet projects, so this wasn’t too much of a stretch. I found some food-safe liner fabric and attached it to my crochet, added some hook and loop fasteners and my reusable sandwich wrap was ready for lunch.
The liner makes it so easy to clean up and the crochet is just a pretty little addition to the lunch bag! Not to mention, when I unfold it, it makes a perfect little placemat for my lunch.
There are so many variations you could do with this, but I chose a simple double herringbone stitch to work up quickly, but have a little pizzazz too. I used a cotton yarn to hold up well and to make it easy to clean too. I could totally see making these to match your lunch bags!
I hope you enjoy making and using this one as much as I have! I am also planning a few more things to go along with it so that I can get rid of all of those plastic baggies and bowls!
- Cotton yarn of choice
- H hook (US)
- sew on hook and loop fasteners
- food-safe PUL fabric – I ordered the heavy duty option from Wazoodle Fabric
- ch – chain
- st – stitch
- HBdc – herringbone double crochet
Special stitch – HBdc – herringbone double crochet – yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch and first loop on hook, yarn over and draw through 1 loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook.
Crochet Reusable Sandwich Wrap Pattern
Finished size – 13 inches x 13 inches – this is a large size wrap to fit a large sandwich, you can chain down to make it smaller.
Row 1 – In 4th ch from hook, 1HBdc into next and each st to end of row, turn, (43)
Row 2 – ch 3, skip 1st st, 1HBdc into next and each st to end, work last st into top of turning ch, turn
Row 3 – end – repeat Row 2.
Work until you have a square that measure as wide as it is tall.
Adding Food-safe Fabric
Cut fabric to the same size as your crochet square. Make sure that the smooth/shiny side of the fabric is facing out and the textured side is against the wrong side of your crochet square.
Stitch around the outside of the fabric to attach to the crochet square.
Add hook and loop fasteners as shown and sew through both crochet and fabric to attach. Two will be attached to the top corners of the crochet side and two the inner corners of the fabric side. If your fasteners are one side hook and one side loop, make sure those match up before sewing! Mine were hook/loop as one, so it didn’t matter.
Tips and Other Ideas
- Make this smaller for smaller sandwiches or for a kid’s lunchbox. Just resize your square down and make it as tall as it is wide. You can test it out with a cloth napkin or even a piece of paper to see what size fits your typical sandwich.
- So many cute color options for this…you really are only limited by what is in your cotton yarn stash!
- This liner is waterproof, but since we sewed through it, we took away that feature in the areas where we sewed. So, if you have a leaky sandwich, you might want to use a sealant over those stitches first. You can buy sealant for this purpose online if you look for it. I didn’t need to use it here for our lunches, but it is an option if you need it!
- If you can’t get the liner, it would still work to use cotton yarn to wrap your sandwich and not use the plastic. You would end up washing the yarn more often and would see more wear and tear on it, but it would still help eliminate plastic baggies!