I absolutely hate plastic wrap! I can never get it out of the box without it sticking together. I used to think it was a necessary evil until I decided to make reusable bowl covers and do away with wasteful (and hateful) plastic wrap.
They are easy, inexpensive, reduce waste and pretty. I have taken several casseroles, salads and desserts to potlucks, church, and family functions and everyone asks the same thing, “Where did you get these covers?!” I have even been told by a few people that this is what they want me to give them for their birthday or Christmas. Sweet! I already have half my gift ideas figured out.
I used some leftover Babyville PUL fabric I had left over from the Bed-Wetting Underwear and Wet-Dry Bags I made previously. And yes, I bought a lot more of it than I thought. One side of the fabric is laminated, so it keeps the moisture in the food just like plastic wrap. Even better than plastic wrap actually.
I checked with the Babyville website and it does say this fabric is okay for being near your food. It should be if this stuff is sold to be on babies.
The Finished Product
A full set of covers for my bowls, casserole dishes, and even the dog food can.
These are far easier to make than I thought they would be. I made the entire set above in an afternoon. I have since made a few more and like I said, several people are asking for them as gifts. So, what color do you want?
- The bowl covers stay in place. No sliding off, flipping up in the wind on a picnic, or losing it’s sticky (Cling Wrap) if it gets wet.
- They are reusable, thus saving me money!
- Way cuter than plain old plastic wrap.
- Take up little space. I found that my entire set of reusable covers takes up less space than boxes of plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and cling wrap.
What is the Savings?
This took a bit of figuring, but I believe we use 4 boxes of plastic wrap a year, Cling Wrap is preferred because it stayed in place better than regular plastic wrap. At Walmart they are about $3.12 for a 300 ft. roll, costing about $ 12.50 a year give or take.
I made my reusable bowl and casserole covers with left over fabric, so pretty much free for me. But if you bought the fabric you could still buy $12.50 worth of PUL and cover all of your dishes for the cost for one year of plastic wrap.
So here is the break down…
1 Year of Plastic Wrap at $12.50 a year = Lifetime of Reusable Bowl Covers!