This Christmas I made a few of my gifts including reusable beeswax food wraps for my sister and a drawstring bag for my mum!
Beeswax wraps are a more environmentally friendly alternative for storing your food compared to disposable, single-use plastic wrap. It’s also a great fabric stash buster for remnant pieces. Cotton fabric is good as it can withstand the heat applied to melt the wax into the fabric. Make sure to wash the fabric prior.
There are plenty of different ‘recipes’ and tutorials online on how to make beeswax wraps. I tried both beeswax only and beeswax with jojoba oil. Jojoba oil has antibacterial properties and I found it made the wraps slightly more malleable. I bought my beeswax in a large block and grated it, but you can also use wax beads. To ‘infuse’ the wax into the fabric I used the ironing method between two pieces of waxed baking paper, but there are other methods of using an oven too. Buzzfeed Nifty has a short and sweet video tutorial which shows the ironing method I used.
I have found the wraps are good at keeping food as fresh as plastic wrap if folded well and secured with string or an elastic band. If you want them to be more adhesive, there are tutorials that have incorporated pine resin. The resin enables the wraps to more readily stick to itself and smooth surfaces like bowls. They can’t be used on hot foods as the wax will melt, nor can they be used to wrap raw meat as they can’t be washed with hot water to ensure bacteria is removed. The wraps are cleaned with cold, soapy water.
I made a drawstring bag for my mum to use when she goes to the gym. The fabric is a printed canvas and is lined with an inner zip pocket for keys/phone so they’re easier to find. I based the pattern off an existing drawstring bag I owned. It is an easy project for a beginner as the basic pattern is a rectangle. There are two drawstrings (1.5m in length each) which each are threaded through an eyelet at the bottom corners and tied in a knot. I just love the colour and the print!