I’ve been wanting to make reusable food bags to replace plastic for a while now but I was having a hard time figuring out what kind of waterproof fabric was food safe.
I wanted to make some snack and sandwich bags that can be tossed in the wash so I will continue to research food safe fabric (and I’ll keep you posted!) but for now I’m happy with using beeswax food wrap.
Beeswax fabric is non-toxic, reusable, washable and, because of the nature of wax, can be molded around food or dishes. They’re also very inexpensive to make (ya gotta love that!).
Beeswax food wrap tutorial
Cotton fabric (I used leftover craft fabric from OG’s birthday banner)
An old cookie sheet (that can be reserved for beeswax only)
A paintbrush (that can be reserved for beeswax only)
Preheat your oven to 150 degrees (or lowest setting).
Lay a piece of fabric on the cookie sheet and cover with beeswax like this:
I folded my fabric in half so that I could make larger pieces. It worked fine that way. I did have to add more beeswax than is in the picture though.
Put the cookie sheet in the oven and wait a few minutes for the beeswax to melt.
Use the paintbrush to spread the beeswax to coat the whole piece of fabric. I found that it worked best to leave the cookie sheet in the oven while doing this but you can take it out too as long as you work fast.
When the fabric is covered in beeswax peel it off of the cookie sheet and hang to dry/cool (this takes just a few minutes).
Now you can use pinking sheers to cut the edges or just start using your beeswax fabric food wrap!
Beeswax food wrap washing and care: Spot clean with cool water (warm water will melt the wax). I don’t know for sure but I would guess leaving them in the sun would also melt the wax, so, don’t do that :).
You can definitely sew these into bags, which I plan to do at some point, so keep an eye out for a few more tutorials!
I also found these really cute beeswax snack bags that are a great price if you’re running out of time.
Have you tried making your own beeswax food wrap or bags? How did you do it?