Making your own reusable fabric beeswax wraps is a fun and easy way to do your part reducing plastic/trash in our environment.
After doing some on-line research, I finally took the plunge. I read so many posts on this subject and found this one to be the very best- so much information on these wraps! After trying several of the most common methods (stovetop melting, brushing onto the fabric, melting in the oven), I found that the iron method worked the best for me and the space I have.
Here is a list of the materials I used:
- Fabric- 100% cotton that his a tight weave
- Beeswax*- I used pellets, but you can use a bar and grate
- Jojoba Oil*-
- Pine Resin*-
- Pot or Double Boiler
- Candy Thermometer
(*purchased from Amazon, links provided, no affiliate relationship)
I recommend using fabric that is 100% cotton and contains a tight weave. Linen would be a poor choice of fabric for these wraps. I tried several quilting scraps that I had on hand and did not love the way they turned out. My best choice was old bedsheets that we had in our linen closet. These have seen a lot of use and were the perfect weave and thickness to make a perfect reusable wrap.
I did not take pictures during the process, which turned out to be a good thing because this can be a bit messy! However, I have included my exact steps below so you can easily repeat for your own fabric beeswax wraps:
- Cut your fabric into your finished sizes (I used and
- “finish” all raw edges with pinking shears. You could fold over and hem if you didn’t have shears, or run all edges through your serger. Either way, it’s best to get the edges cleaned up so they won’t fray during the process or later when you use your wraps.
- Place the wax, and resin into a double boiler (I did not have one, but easily compensated with an old candle making pot 1/2 filled with water and a smaller pot placed inside), and turn the burner heat to medium.
- Stir consistently until you see most of the wax/resin melting and combining.
- Gently place your candy thermometer into the wax/resin and monitor the temperature until you get to (The post has great information on why that temperature works and after trying several different methods, this one produced the best results).
- Add the oil to the heated wax/resin mixture and stir to combine.
- Once the final mixture reaches 176 degrees, carefully add one of your fabric pieces directly into the melted mixture and lightly stir to coat both sides of the fabric. Use a clean paint stick or an old utensil you don’t mind getting dirty.
- Carefully remove your fabric from the pot with tongs (this will be hot!) and quickly move to your ironing surface.
- Place your fabric piece between two layers of parchment paper (make sure the paper is LARGER than the fabric) and begin to iron (medium setting, no steam).
- Remove from pot and immediate place between two sheets of parchment paper and iron.
- The iron is how you are ensuring that the beeswax/oil/resin mixture is evenly coating both sides of the fabric.
- Carefully remove the fabric from the paper and let air dry. This will happen quickly! I gently hung my beeswax fabric up on the clothesline and let them sit overnight.
Button-Closure Sandwich Wrap
The first beeswax wraps I spotted in a store was the “sandwich wrap” version with button closure. I knew I wanted to recreate that since it would get a lot of use at our house! And I was surprised that is was very simple to recreate. I started with a square of fabric (20 in x 20 in) and coated both sides with the beeswax, resin, and oil (see steps above). Once it had dried, I folded three corners to meet in the center (like an envelope). On the top, I folded over 2″ and used the button as a guide to mark where to make two small holes (I used a 1/8″ hole punch) through all layers. These holes allow the string to go through both layers to attach the button. using a simple knot and leaving one of the tails long enough to wrap around the folded parcel twice. You can purchase wax string, but I used what I had on hand and carefully dipped it into the wax, resin, oil mixture to give it a coating.
These wraps are perfect for us- making several sizes at once will give you the option to have “Baggie” replacements, bowl covers, and sandwich wraps. I would love to know if you have tried this and have any further suggestions on the process.