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Title: Reusable Sandwich Mat
Post by: angelofmusic on April 19, 2009 02:42:15 PM
I recently saw some reusable sandwich mats online for sale and thought 'I could sew that!' So I got out my tracing paper and bread and created a pattern. I cut the mat from PUL fabric so that I can either throw it in with the wash at the end of the week or just wipe it clean with a cloth. The entire mat took about 1 hour from cutting the fabric to sewing the button on the outside. I bought a bunch of other PUL so I can make a mat for each day of the week.

Here are some photos:
Here is the outside of the wrap.


This shows the inside of the wrap.


Here are top and bottom views of a wrapped sandwich made with normal bread.



It also fits a sub sandwich (shown in photo) and tortilla wraps (not shown).


Title: Re: Reusable Sandwich Mat
Post by: bookwormbethie on April 20, 2009 02:27:44 PM
this is gorgeous, soooooo much better than disposable sandwich bags!!!

what is pul fabric?


Title: Re: Reusable Sandwich Mat
Post by: meleriffic on April 21, 2009 12:38:13 PM
I was wondering what PUL fabric was as well. I had wanted to make something similar but didn't know what material to use.

You did a great job and I love that it works for tortilla wraps as well.


Title: Re: Reusable Sandwich Mat
Post by: MFZB on April 21, 2009 07:35:40 PM
so so sooOOo awesome! i think i saw something similar on tv today real quick (might have been a commercial for oprah's "green" episode tomorrow) and i wanted to see what it was and now i see!

i would also like to know what PUL is ???


Title: Re: Reusable Sandwich Mat
Post by: nannalexi on April 21, 2009 09:15:10 PM
This will explain :http://www.celticclothswholesale.com/pages/PULFabric.htm


Title: Re: Reusable Sandwich Mat
Post by: psoupdesigns on June 15, 2009 08:30:45 PM
i was just wondering where you find cute pul prints. i have searched online and can only find plain pul?


Title: Re: Reusable Sandwich Mat
Post by: DancinInTheDark on June 17, 2009 08:47:57 PM
That's awesome. <3 How do you keep your sandwich from drying out before lunchtime though? I would like to make some of those sandwich mats but I don't have PUL fabric. Is it possible to use regular fabric on one side and maybe some lightweight clear vinyl on the other?


Title: Re: Reusable Sandwich Mat
Post by: freshair on July 09, 2009 06:27:44 AM
I saw these a long time ago, but didn't make one. I was thinking about them again and wanted to try to make my own, but I couldn't remember what shape they were, thanks for the post.


Title: Re: Reusable Sandwich Mat
Post by: The Muffin on September 27, 2009 09:53:56 AM
I don't know if it's bad to drag this thread up, but I'm about to make some of these wraps.

However, PUL is NOT food safe, so please find something else to line it with. I guess you can make your own waterproof fabric by boiling it in lanolin, but the process has to be done repeatedly as it wears out. Oil cloth is also not food safe, and I guess nylon isn't either (the nylon food bags I've seen are usually coated with some food safe plastic).

I'm making mine out of organic cotton. I figure it should be okay as my lunch is eaten a few hours after being packed.


Title: Re: Reusable Sandwich Mat
Post by: gonecraftin on November 02, 2009 07:49:04 AM
I've made one of these and used velcro to close it. For fabric, I used a lined plastic (whatever they use) tablecloth. It was a little thick, but I did have trouble figuring out what would be food-safe. I heard of someone using regular cotton for the outside and using a cut-up large sandwich bag for the inside. In both cases, you just wipe it clean.


Title: Re: Reusable Sandwich Mat
Post by: angelofmusic on March 08, 2010 07:53:36 PM
However, PUL is NOT food safe, so please find something else to line it with. Oil cloth is also not food safe, and I guess nylon isn't either (the nylon food bags I've seen are usually coated with some food safe plastic).
Just my two cents: There is alot of debate out there about whether PUL is food safe. It seems pretty even on both sides. True, the FDA says it's not, but then again, these same groups also touted for years how reusable and disposable plastic bottles are safe (BPA?) - which has now been refuted again that it's only harmful when heated, and that heating saran wrap was ok, then not, then only if it's not touching your food.  You really have to read all the opinions and studies about it (I'm a scientist, so I accessed my online journal database before buying PUL and read up on it.). Once you've done that, it's really up to you to make your own decision about using PUL with food. After my research, I saw no difference between the PUL I used, the PUL used in commercial products, and the cheap, disposable plastics I already use on a daily basis. My sandwiches are cold and kept cold, so I felt the chance of plastics seepage was very tiny. I also research commercial vinyls that are available and felt they were less safe than PUL. So, I made the decision to use PUL for my wraps. However, this is up to the individual who is making the wraps. I really think any fabric would work - it's all about the water-proofness level that you are going for. Here's the gist of what I'm saying: Use what you feel comfortable using and enjoy your reusable wrap!

That's awesome. <3 How do you keep your sandwich from drying out before lunchtime though?
My sandwiches never get dried out - they're pretty well sealed in inside the wraps. I also keep them in the fridge, so that helps as well.

i was just wondering where you find cute pul prints. i have searched online and can only find plain pul?
http://www.acutabovefabrics.com/store/WsDefault.asp?Cat=PUL&Sub=12&isThumbs=Yes&Thumbs=100

Thanks guys for all the compliments! These are working really well!