She’s Crafty: Chip Wrapper Handbag and Purse

Forget crochet…forget macramé … Here’s a new way to recycle those old potato chip wrappers.  I would estimate….31,826 calories, $57.95, and 9 hours went into the making of the big purse. 6,124 calories, $18.60, and 3 hours went into the making of the little rainbow purse.  (Those numbers are of course complete bull, but reasonably estimated I think)

Chip Wrapper Purse

Chip Wrapper Purse

So, what went into constructing these you ask? From what I can remember….plus I cheated and looked.  I can identify most of them just because I was cutting and folding them.  There are no pink bags out there.  So if a company really wants to stand out they should put their chips in a pink bag!  Here is the bulk of what was used:

Doritos– Cool ranch, Nacho, Spicy Chile…..Utz-Regular, Sour cream and Onion, Party Mix…..Lays-Regular, Cheddar Sour Cream, Salt and Vinegar….Fritos…..Sunchips– Garden Salsa, Harvest Cheddar….Quaker rice cakes….Snyders Pretzels…..CheetosTostitosFunyuns….Cheez-Its

Chip Bag Handbag Collage

Chip Bag Purse Collage

  1. Cut chip bags, candy wrappers, etc. into 2 inch by 4 ½ inch pieces. (Use anything, but I recommend not using paper wrappers, gum wrappers, etc, because they will not be waterproof.  I have used Capri Sun pouches, but had to cut a tiny bit off the width to be able to link the pieces together because they were so much thicker.  I also had to use tweezers to help pull a few of them through the chain.)
  2. Cut a piece of magazine in the same size.  (This makes the purse sturdier.  Covers and thicker ads work the best.  Don’t add magazine pieces when using Capri Sun pouches.)
  3. Fold the wrapper piece in the fashion of a gum wrapper chain with the magazine piece inside. World record holder Gary Duschl has the instructions on his website,  Look under Build and start with #3 since the pieces are already cut to size.
  4. Link the pieces together to form a chain twice as long as the purse will be wide.
  5. Hook the chains into a circle by weaving the end links together.  It will be difficult and may require the use of tweezers.  Each circle will be one row of the purse.
  6. Once you have as many rows as the desired height of the purse, “sew” them together.  I used a piece of old credit card as a “needle” and dental floss as “thread”.  Fit each row together in the opposite fashion.  This way you will be able to go back and forth between the two rows.
  7. “Sewing” the bottom will be different because both squares will be facing the same way.  You will have to go up two and back one, up two and back one.  It doesn’t hurt to go over it twice so you can pull it tighter.
  8. When I added the zipper I used a thick needle with the dental floss, but a thick thread would probably work too.  Sew in the zipper, then threw one weave of the purse, then back to the zipper, then back to the purse.  There may be a better way to do it, but that’s what I tried the first time and it seemed to work ok.  I only sewed by going behind the wrapper.  I didn’t actually puncture the wrapper because I figured it would cause it to pull and rip.
  9. Instead of a zipper, you could continue making more rows on one side of the purse, shorter each row until you have a triangle that you can fold over like a flap to cover the opening.  A button and loop could be added to be able to secure the flap on the opposite side of the purse.
  10. When I added the handle I just went back and forth between the handle and the purse many times to try to make sure it would stay on.

11 comments on “She’s Crafty: Chip Wrapper Handbag and Purse

  1. Marvo says:

    Wow that’s pretty cool. Maybe I’ll try to make one. I think I average two chip bags a week. So I’ll probably complete mine by next year.

    I’ve seen these recycled wrapper bags retail for $60 to $300.

  2. Yum Yucky says:

    My kid is gonna freak out (in a good way) when I show her this. She’s all about making fashion from food wrappers. She already has gum wrapper hair bows. I told her she should sell them.

  3. Very cool! I be stylin with a potato chip bag! Sweet!

  4. Haha, that’s cool! Thanks for teaching us Amy. I’d like to make a pretzel bag one 😛

  5. Adam Bomb says:

    Cute! I love the little rainbow purse! Very crafty, indeed.

  6. SkippyMom says:

    This is so cool! 🙂 I wish we ate more chips so I could make one.

    I like the idea of pink chip bags too.

  7. Jill says:

    That’s my Amy… Little Miss Creativity! These look really cute!!! I especially love the little one!

  8. mike says:

    YOU can find pink on rasberry cookie bag

  9. victoria says:

    how many chip bags would you use for a small bag?

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