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.
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)
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.
Layout your crisp packets, overlapping on each edge by a centimeter, check you are happy with the colour balance.
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.
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.
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.
One finished apron – what would you make with crisp packets??