Recycled Crisp Packet Apron DIY

February 22, 2015

This upcycled crisp packet apron is a little quirky,  certainly a fun recycling craft idea. 

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






53 comments so far.

53 responses to “Recycled Crisp Packet Apron DIY”

  1. Crystal Wall says:

    This is a cute idea. As many chips as I eat I should be able to make tons of aprons. I follow and share. Thanks!
    Crochet A Day In The Life

  2. Una O'Malley says:

    I think children would love crisp packets turned into little sports bags for carrying wet swimming things or muddy boots etc.

  3. Vickie says:

    Such a good idea Vicky. You have such a good imagination for these things.

  4. Josie says:

    That is sew fun, what a great idea!

  5. Suze Bain says:

    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

    • Vicky says:

      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:)!

  6. What a fascinating idea. They could be used to make wipeable bibs for children too as they are so colourful 🙂

  7. What a fun project I love it. So colourful and cheery!

  8. Jill says:

    LOVE it Vicky! What a great idea!

  9. Poppy says:

    What a brilliant idea, so original and really works. You look great in it x

  10. Lucy Blossom says:

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

  11. 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

  12. Julie says:

    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.

  13. Ginny says:

    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.

  14. Mlissabeth says:

    The apron looks fabulous. I have seen bags made with juice pouches beforebefore, but your idea is new.

  15. This is fantastic!! Looking closely, I realize you live in another country because I’ve never heard of these brands. Pinned!

  16. 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!!

  17. Caroline says:

    Looks amazing and so colourful

  18. Great apron! I made some Christmas decorations from chip bags a few months ago, but I have had to swear off chips since then in an effort to be able to button my pants. 🙂

  19. 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.

  20. Dee says:

    I love a good upcycle and the element of surprise! This is so perfect and soooo cute! What a great idea!

  21. 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

  22. Donna says:

    Very creative. That is something I never would have thought of.

  23. Rita says:

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

  24. Jenny Pepper says:

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

  25. Elsie Pop says:

    This is SO cool! xx

  26. 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!


  27. The Buzzfeed list of “16 Gifts You Can DIY From Stuff You Already Have Lying Around” is live now. Feel free to check it out, comment and share it with your followers. The more traction it gets, the better for all of us.

    Happy crafting!


  28. kristin says:

    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 🙁

  29. Lee says:

    I love this! Just wondering if you had to wash them before making it?


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