Waxed Cotton Fabric Sandwich Wraps

Try these sandwich wraps, made of waxed cotton fabric, for a reusable plastic wrap alternative.

| November 2015

  • Be careful when you dip the fabric squares in the melted wax, to avoid burning your hands.
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  • Use a heat gun after soaking fabric in melted beeswax to help the fibers absorb more wax and to melt away any excess.
    Photo courtesy Quarry Books
  • Your waxed cotton sandwich wraps may start a bit stiff, but they'll soften with use.
    Photo courtesy Quarry Books
  • Learn how to put your excess beeswax to work with Petra Ahnert’s “Beeswax Alchemy.” Recipes for skin care, candles and other home products offer useful ways to apply beeswax in your life.
    Cover courtesy Quarry Books

Petra Ahnert presents dozens of ways to use beeswax in Beeswax Alchemy (Quarry Books, 2015). The possibilities for using beeswax are nearly endless, including skin care, candles, ornaments and even waxed fabric. Learn the basics of extracting and purifying beeswax, and then get started making beautiful, healthful gifts for yourself and your loved ones. The following waxed cotton project is from chapter 6 “Home Products.”

These wraps are perfect in this ecoconscious world we live in. They are simplicity at its finest. They keep a sandwich fresh, keep all the ingredients in place and can serve as a placemat/plate when eating the sandwich. How great is that! In a smaller size they can also be used as a replacement for plastic wrap. Just warm the wrap and mold around the top of the jar or bowl.


• 3/4 yard of medium-weight cotton fabric (I like to use twill fabric for this)
• 1 lb (425 g) beeswax
• electric skillet
• tongs
• paper towels
• heat gun

Yield: approximately 8 wraps

1. Measure the width of the fabric. Many times cotton fabric will come in a 45-inch width. Other times it will be 60 inches or more. My ideal size for sandwich wraps is a 12-inch square, but I wiggle those dimensions a bit to use the full width of the fabric. Sometimes that means making them 11 x 12 inches. No worries; the sandwich will still fit.

7/10/2017 8:03:34 PM

I like this idea, but I don't care for the use of paper towels to make a reusable, sustainable sandwich wrap! Why not place the unwaxed fabric squares beneath the waxed fabric square so that when you are using the heat gun to remove excess wax, it goes into a fabric square that will then be dipped into melted wax?

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