A couple of years ago, I purchased a set of vinyl placemats to brighten my kitchen table. They worked just fine until I washed them and found that they no longer laid flat. But, being the packrat resourceful person that I am, I kept them, thinking that I could use them for something.
Make your own reusable sandwich wrap from a placemat
Plastic baggies are expensive and wasteful. Instead, make a reusable, washable sandwich wrap that will protect your ham-on-rye and do double duty as a mini placemat. No sewing required! This project works best with a vinyl coated or plastic placemat, which will help prevent leaks. This sandwich wrap is not meant to be used in the microwave.
1. If your placemat is round or anything other than squared off, cut off the ends.
2. Take the bottom left corner of your placemat and fold it upward, leaving at least 2 inches of placemat on the top and right side.
3. Where the folded over corner meets the placemat, draw a block letter “T” shape. This will become your pull-tab.
4. Leaving the placemat folded, cut along the folded edges and along your outlined T.
This is what your almost-finished wrap should now look like:
5. You still need to cut a slit for your pull-tab. To do this, throw a couple of pieces of bread into the middle of your sandwich wrap to use as a guide.
6. Fold over the sides, fold up the bottom flap, then fold over the top.
7. Using a marker, draw a line where the base of the T meets the bottom flap. Be sure the line is no longer than the width of the base of the T. Using scissors or an exacto knife, cut along the line to make a slit.
8. Now, practice wrapping your sandwich. It may take some finagling to get the folds just right, but you’ll get the hang of it . Now you have your very own reusable sandwich wrap!
Turn a placemat into a child’s apron
This project is brought to you by the whimsical and creative Flipflops and Applesauce. Learn how to take a vinyl placemat, a shoe string (or ribbon) and a couple of buttons, and create a child’s apron. It’s super-easy, practical, cute and requires very little effort and skills. Go check it out!