Spoonflower Kitchen Linens Challenge with Sew Mama Sew and a Sandwich Wrapper Tutorial

A while back, Sew Mama Sew put out a call to see if anyone wanted to participate in a little kitchen sewing challenge.  We'd get to pick our own fabrics from Spoonflower and sew whatever we liked.  

I jumped in because it was perfect timing.  My daughter is going to need to bring lunch to school in the fall (thinking ahead!) and since I let my son pick out his snack bag fabric, it seemed like a great chance to let her pick out hers. 

I popped her on the computer, narrowed her search to "kawaii" and "food" (because you could be scrolling through fabric designs for days!) and she picked the Cluttered Fruits fabric from BerrySprite.  And I picked out the Gizmos Galore fabric from KatherineLenius.  I chose to have them printed in Kona cotton (instead of canvas, or linen, or one of their other many substrates) so that I could use it in a bunch of different ways.  

I was a little bummed at how the fabrics faded when I washed them, and I've heard that they'll fade faster than a traditionally made fabric, but I'm fairly certain that they'll be lost at school or too gross or worn out before that happens.  And I really love the variety of prints to choose from, so it's just something to consider.  

In addition to the sandwich wrappers, I made her a couple snack bags to go into her lunch box.  I love making these (here's a link to the last batch I made), and a link to the tutorial that I use here.  

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I also decided to make some that are super sized for when we go out as a family and I want to bring a larger portion of snacks for us all to share.  They're about 8" x 10", and I used the same tutorial, I just cut my original rectangles to be 8.5" x 10.5".  The lining does tend to stretch more when you sew a longer seam, but it doesn't really effect the end result.  


Now on to the tutorial!  

Supplies:

  • 1/2 yard of fabric, washed
  • 1/2 yard of iron on vinyl (I used Heat n' Bond)
  • 2 1/2 inches of sew-on velcro
  • 4 1/2 feet of skinny double fold bias tape

Cut your fabric and vinyl into 12 inch squares.  You'll be able to make at least two with a half yard of fabric.

 

Carefully peel the vinyl from the backing paper.  Don't discard it!  

 

Place your fabric wrong side up on your ironing board.  Place the sticky side of the vinyl to the wrong side of your fabric.  Don't worry if it's not perfect the first time, you can pull it up and try again.   And we'll be finishing the edges, so the vinyl doesn't have to line up perfectly with the edges.

Place the backing paper you saved onto the vinyl and press with an iron according to the manufacturer's directions.  To avoid bubbles, start from the center and press out towards the edges.  

 

You could fold the edges over to finish them: fold one side over a 1/4 inch, then fold over again, sew down.  Then repeat for the other sides, taking care to keep the raw edges folded under at the corners.

I chose to finish my edges with bias tape.  Open your tape up and sew the right side of the tape to the vinyl side of your wrapper with roughly a 1/8 inch seam.  You'll want to miter the corners and finish the ends similar to how you sew a binding on a quilt (here's a great tutorial from Crazy Mom Quilts, just do it in small scale).  

Once you've gone all the way around, fold your bias tape to the front and topstitch about an 1/8th of an inch from the edge of the tape.

 

Next, take your velcro, and line up the soft part with a corner on the vinyl side.  Use the 45 degree mark on your ruler to make sure that it's lined up with center line of the wrapper.  Pin in place and sew down.

 

Align the scratchy side of the velcro with the opposite corner on the right side of the fabric.   Make sure that it sits about 2 inches in from the corner and is lined up with the edge of the ruler when the 45 degree line is on the edge of your wrapper.  Pin and sew down.

 

And you're done!  One of the great things about these wrappers, is once you open it up, you can use it as a placemat for the rest of your lunch.  It's perfect for taking on a picnic when you aren't sure what's been crawling on those picnic tables or if you're just eating on the ground.  

To clean, just wipe down the vinyl side with a damp cloth.

Be sure to check out the other challengers to see their cool projects.  And head over to Spoonflower for all their awesome prints.  

Michelle from Falafel and the Bee: http://www.falafelandthebee.com/

Sherri from Rebecca Mae Designs: http://www.rebeccamaedesigns.com/

Trina from Will Cook for Shoes: http://www.willcookforshoes.ca/

Daisy from Ants to Sugar: http://antstosugar.com

Alicia from Two Kids and a Blog: http://twokidsandablog.com

Thanks Sew Mama Sew for the fun challenge!