Recycled Crisp Packet Apron DIY

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Regular readers may remember a post with 8 different ideas for upcycling crisp packets.  At the time my husband suggested an apron, a google search later and it seems no one has made one. I am delighted to say I have created his idea – one DIY recycled crisp packet apron:)

I engaged my work colleagues in saving up empty crisp packets for me, to bring a wide variety of colours and designs.

DIY Crisp Packet Apron

Create your own Recycled Crisp Packet Apron

To make your own you will need:

  • 35-40 different crisp packets
  • Piece of fabric
  • 3 meters of bias binding
  • 1.5 meters of fabric tape (for ties)
  • sellotape

To make:

Cut out background fabric – this will be the base you sew your crisp packets to. Use an existing apron as a guide, if you don’t have one to hand you could go free hand. I used the pattern pieces as a rough template from the book “Great British Sewing Bee” (this is the book from the first series, dare I confess it’s the first pattern I have used from it?!). It is 35″ long, 30″ wide at the bottom and 11″ at the top.

Pattern cutting

Layout your crisp packets, overlapping on each edge by a centimeter, check you are happy with the colour balance.

Crisp Packet Layout

You may wish to photograph your lay out before removing all but the bottom layer.

Sellotape the top of the crisp packets to the lining. This holds them in place whilst you then stitch each bag down.

Sellotape crisp packets into place


I suggest you have a practice on a spare crisp packet with a piece of your lining fabric – I found the tension on my machine needed a little adjusting. Lengthen the stitch to help prevent the packets ripping, if your packets do rip you may wish to place gaffa tape or masking tape on the back of the packets to strengthen them.

Sew your first layer down.

Layout the next layer – you may wish to ensure you keep your layers straight by measuring down from the top of the apron and marking a guideline with tailor’s chalk.

Tailors chalk

Once you have sewn all layers of packets onto the apron turn over to the lining side and stitch all round the edge.

Trim the crisp packets to the size of the lining.

Attach bias binding all round the apron, I held mine in place with clover clips (you could use pins or hair slides). Attach your ties (22″ long each) and neck tie (22″) under the bias binding as you go.

Finish Apron with bias binding


One finished apron – what would you make with crisp packets??

Recycled Apron




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    • Vicky
      February 22, 2015 / 3:35 pm

      Thanks Crystal… I suspect the answer is to make my own crisps!! I love it when people share:)

  1. February 22, 2015 / 6:40 pm

    I think children would love crisp packets turned into little sports bags for carrying wet swimming things or muddy boots etc.
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    • Vicky
      February 22, 2015 / 7:42 pm

      That’s a great idea:)

    • Vicky
      February 22, 2015 / 7:43 pm

      That’s kind of you to say:)

    • Vicky
      February 22, 2015 / 7:43 pm

      Thanks Josie:)

  2. February 22, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    Well Vicky, I can honestly say it looks fab and I guess it’s easy to wipe over. I can see kids loving this. We used to put crisp packets under the grill, they’d shrink and we’d make key rings from them but I’m not sure if the packaging material is different now. Xx
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    • Vicky
      February 22, 2015 / 7:45 pm

      Someone vie Twitter suggested a chain mail apron, with them shrunk… But I didn’t have enough packets, or think my sewing machine would go through the packets once shrunk:)!

  3. February 22, 2015 / 7:43 pm

    What a fascinating idea. They could be used to make wipeable bibs for children too as they are so colourful 🙂
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    • Vicky
      February 23, 2015 / 3:28 pm

      Thats a great idea.. I can see a further blog post coming from the suggestions in the comments!!

    • Vicky
      February 23, 2015 / 3:37 pm

      I like the mix of colours – I guess if you only ate one flavour you could have a more monochrome effect!

    • Vicky
      February 23, 2015 / 3:36 pm

      Cheers Jill:)

    • Vicky
      February 23, 2015 / 3:35 pm

      Thanks Poppy:)

  4. February 22, 2015 / 8:16 pm

    It looks stunning, thanks for sharing how to make it.

    • Vicky
      February 23, 2015 / 3:35 pm

      Cheers Lucy:)

  5. February 22, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    oh, oh, oh my God!!!
    This little image jumped out at me, i had to take a closer look. This is truely amazing, you really should sell these! Crisps are my weakness so this for me is the ultimate product! Congrats <3
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    • Vicky
      February 23, 2015 / 3:34 pm

      Thanks you:) I have to admit I am rather pleased with the result, and finding that I am not the only one who LOVES crisps!!

  6. February 22, 2015 / 9:52 pm

    What a clever and fun idea.
    When I was a kid we would shrink crisp packets in the oven and make jewellery from them but I’m not even sure they make them out of “shrinkable” stuff any more.
    Your idea of stitching them onto a base fabric would mean you could make pretty much anything from them, a shopping bag would be cute.
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    • Vicky
      February 23, 2015 / 3:31 pm

      I agree a shopping bag would be lovely:)

  7. February 22, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    That is so fab. I love it. What a clever idea. You could make all sorts of other things too. Any excuse to eat a few crisps.
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    • Vicky
      February 23, 2015 / 3:29 pm

      I have to admit I do love crisps!!

  8. February 22, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    The apron looks fabulous. I have seen bags made with juice pouches beforebefore, but your idea is new.
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    • Vicky
      February 23, 2015 / 3:33 pm

      Thanks:) I have to admit we don’t drink those drinks so never had a chance at upcycling the packaging.

    • Vicky
      February 23, 2015 / 3:32 pm

      Thanks for pinning Diana, always appreciated:) The UK seem to have a wider variety of flavours to other countries:)

  9. February 22, 2015 / 10:47 pm

    That’s amazing – I would never have thought they would be sewable ! I thought at first you were going to iron them another week’s post with plastic bags!!

    • Vicky
      February 23, 2015 / 3:31 pm

      They really shrink under heat!

  10. February 23, 2015 / 9:02 am

    Looks amazing and so colourful

    • Vicky
      February 23, 2015 / 3:30 pm

      Thanks Caroline:)

    • Vicky
      March 2, 2015 / 6:39 pm

      Your comment brought a grin to my face, crisps are a bit of a weakness on my part!

  11. February 23, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    What a brilliant idea! It looks so good. Will it last long? It would be great if it did so it would have nostalgic value as the design of crisp packets changes.

    • Vicky
      February 23, 2015 / 3:30 pm

      No idea how long it will last, not very long if I stand too close to a BBQ – would melt!

    • Vicky
      March 2, 2015 / 6:39 pm

      Thanks Dee:)

  12. February 23, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    What a fantastic idea! Well done you for turning it into a reality, i’m sure lots of other people will now be inspired to have a go at their own 🙂 x

    • Vicky
      March 2, 2015 / 6:40 pm

      Cheers – I really enjoyed making it:)

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  14. February 27, 2015 / 11:06 am

    Haha, we have a plenty go chip bags at home! What a fun project, I will perhaps try it!

    • Vicky
      March 2, 2015 / 6:40 pm

      Enjoy making Rita:)

  15. Jenny Pepper
    March 1, 2015 / 9:01 am

    Your lovely, colourful apron is an unusual idea. People will wonder how you manage to stay so slim!

    • Vicky
      March 2, 2015 / 6:43 pm

      Cheer Jenny – not all my packets, despite my partiality to crisps!!

  16. December 14, 2015 / 4:56 am

    Hey Vickie-

    I just included your awesome crisps apron tutorial in a Buzzfeed list I currated called “16 Gifts You Can DIY From Stuff You Already Have Lying Around.” Just wanted to say thanks for the great DIY idea!


  17. kristin
    December 16, 2015 / 7:42 pm

    You made this look very nice! BUT: this SOUNDS like a good idea in theory, but in practice- I know I would get the “so, you made this out of garbage? How…. interesting…” the projects never turn out looking as nice and presentable as they do in the online images – just like the “empty toilet paper rolls to hide your electronics wiring” it looked just like that, empty toilet paper rolls strung around wires- cheap looking, and rather distasteful 🙁

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