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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Reusable Lunch

LUNCH... it happens, everyday!
I love making my family's lunch every morning
Because, I know I'm sending them off for the day with an Eco Friendly, fun and healthy lunch.

This is a fun sewing project to spruce up your lunch boxes... with environmental benefits. 

 DID YOU KNOW... It has been estimated that on average a school-age child using a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of waste per school year. YIKES!

DID YOU KNOW... You may also like to know that with a reusable lunch you could 
SAVE $250.00 per school year per person! WOW!

 A “no-waste lunch” is a meal that does not end up in the trash.
You can buy food items in bulk, then put them in reusable containers to carry to school or work.
Packing your food in reusable is typically less expensive and creates less waste than buying food that comes in disposable containers.

I started making sandwich wraps by using Betz White's sandwich wrap template and tutorial with a few modifications.  

I decided not to use oilcloth, vinyl or any treated fabrics. I try to use organic, unbleached and non dyed fabrics for the lining of wraps and snack bags.  

I thought if I was going to go this far to help the environment and pack a healthy lunch that I would go all the way.

A sandwich all wrapped up and ready for a lunch box. YUMMY!
It took a few tries before the modifications to Betz White's template and tutorial worked. 
I hope by the weekend to have my finished tutorial for the sandwich wraps up for everyone....
This will be my first tutorial and I'm nervous!

Sandwich wraps waiting to hold a sandwich.
I have reworked a number of great tutorials from Dana over at MADE and Anna from Noodlehead and came up with our reusable snack bags and my favorite... the Sweetie Bag.

We use our snack bags for all most any snack and it works great. 
The girls love having them full of yummy goldfish, pretzels, apples, carrots, grapes, etc.

Medium Snack Bag
At the end of the day and the lunch boxes are returned with their reusable wraps, snack bags and stainless steel canteens... I'm a  HAPPY and PROUD mom and wife.  
Velcro Snack Bag and Sweetie Bag
My favorite little bag has to be the SWEETIE. This is where I put my love... in the form of a sticker, a note and most importantly a sweet little something.
The girls know they shouldn't open the little sweetie bag until they finish their sandwiches.
But I hope they do it first to let out all the love stuffed in that little bag. 
My Favorite - The Sweetie Bag
No lunch would be complete without a cloth napkin.

 To clean each bag, wrap and napkin I turn them inside out and shake them free of any crumbs and throw them in the wash. 

***I feel very safe washing our lunch sets in our detergents.
I've been making homemade laundry detergent for three years. K-Bear was extremely sensitive to all I tried many different formulas until I found one that worked.
You can find some great Homemade Laundry Soap Detergents at Tip Nut.
giveawaysA Crafty Soiree


  1. Wow, you have really put so much into all your lunch bits, they are lovely! We use all reusable lunchboxes/containers with healthy foods, and I really try to avoid packaged foods as much as possible.

  2. very cute! Love the Sandwich wrap bag.

    Check out the giveaway on my blog from ElizabethHoton! She has the most adorable tees for kids.

  3. don't be nervous! tutorials are fun. I can't wait to read about your fabric choices! I never thought of NOT using vinyl etc.

  4. Thanks for the ideas. Thanks for joining the Green Blog Hop. Sorry it took me so long to get to you.

    Jacqie @


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