Beeswax Fabric Food Wrap

I have some really cute Lunchskins that I absolutely love! They are really cute and easy to clean, but good golly, Miss Molly! They are expensive! Well, at least for me. Gregg and I are rather cheap. So last year, when I first decided I was going to learn how to use my sewing machine, I found a pattern for making my own snack packs at a fabric store with “food safe” laminated plastic. I’ve been slowly reducing and replacing the plastic in my kitchen, so I reluctantly skipped that project.

A few weeks ago, I came across instructions for making my own beeswax fabric food wrap in the oven. It looked simple enough and I was getting frustrated with trying to contain Gregg’s lunches solely in glass containers. So what the hell? My only regret is that I didn’t take pictures while I was creating – I had no idea that I was going to documenting this for a blog, so it completely skipped my mind. I promise to take more pictures during the process in the future.

I bought some really cute fabric on an impulse:

Fabric

Looking back, I wish I had just bought a nice muslin or linen fabric – I think it would look a little cleaner than printed fabric and I’m not entirely confident in the fabric dyes used in the material – which bled on my first attempt.

I could only find beeswax at Micheal’s in the candle making section. I would have preferred to have bought organic local beeswax, but you do what you can, right? It cost $17.99, but I had a 50% off coupon – SCORE! I bought a small stubby brush (for some reason, I though I needed it to spread across the fabric – totally NOT needed).

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Not cheese

I got home and found some scrap material and zigzagged the edges – my first time doing that, too! I’m still figuring that out, and I don’t really know how I can get the really nice, fat zigzag that some of you showcase on your projects, but I’m sure I’ll figure that out in time.

Then, came time to for the wax. I had an old grater from an ex-roommate that I never used and decided to steal it for my ever growing craft projects. It has two grates: thick and thin. I couldn’t get the beeswax to grate very well with the thin grater, so I switched to the thicker kind and it went much easier.

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My grater in what I now call my “Beeswax Box”

I had no idea how much to use, so I just put it on pretty thick. I read it was better to have too much instead of too little, so I piled it on. In retrospect, I think I’d use less, because if I am using the oven method, it’s really easy to put more on later.

My set up

My set up

When I realized that I had too much beeswax on for my liking, I put it back in the over, got it all hot and melty, and then used leftover paper napkins from a fast food restaurant to dab the excess away. I still have too much wax on it, but I’m happy enough with my first attempt.

First attempt

First attempt

My pink flowers bled a little, but overall, I was pleased. I don’t think the beeswax discolored the fabric too much. I bought some buttons, but with the size of this fabric, I don’t think I need any. I haven’t learned how to fold it in cool shapes yet, but I’m working on it.

Snack pack

Snack pack

I did find an article about using the IRON to create food fabric, so I might give that a go with my next scrap food attempt, but my first thought is that it looks messy.

Vanessa’s Reaction:

This is GREAT! I want to put beeswax on everything!

Gregg’s Reaction:

This feels gross. And it smells weird. Don’t wrap my chocolate in it!

Things I Learned:

Beeswax is expensive! And it’s not as scary as I thought it was going to be. Also, if I am going to blog about my adventures, I need to start documenting them before, during, and after.

Things I Think Need to Buy/Do/Learn:

Pinking shears
Learn how to fold
What are the most useful shapes for these things?

Resources I Found Helpful:

The Art of Doing Stuff

DIY Natural

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