Recycled Potato Chip Bag Purse

Recycled Potato Chip Bag Purse

Paper chip purses are colorful, fun to make, and a great way of recycling snack bags that would otherwise simply be thrown away.

What you need

Potato chip bags, cleaned, dried and cut so that they lay flat (approximately 20 large bags should be enough to make a purse)
Rotary fabric cutter
Mat to protect the table when the rotary fabric cutter is being used.
Strong carpet thread or nylon thread
Craft needle
Piece of ribbon
Large button


If you have ever made a gum wrapper chain when you were small, the same technique can be used to create a stylish and durable new purse. There are more complicated methods that can be used to construct the purse, but to make a simple purse you only need to make a single shape, plus a long chain to use for the shoulder strap or carrying handle.

Step 1: Cut the potato chip bags into pieces that are 2 inches by 4-1/2 inches, using a rotary cutter.

Step 2: If you’ve ever made a gum wrapper chain, the technique for making the individual pieces is exactly the same.

Lay one cut piece of chip bag on the table wrong side up. Fold it in half lengthwise, creasing the fold. Then, unfold and fold each long edge in towards the center crease. After both sides have been folded to the center, fold the entire piece in half lengthwise, which will enclose the cut edges on the inside.

Then, fold the piece in half the other direction, making a crease. Fold the both short edges so that they meet at the center fold and crease.

Then, fold the entire piece in half so that the cut short edges are enclosed on the inside of the piece. You will make many of these pieces.

Step 3:

To join the pieces, slide the edges of one piece into the slots of another, continuing the process until you have a long chain. If you’ve never made a gum wrapper chain before, you can check out for pictures.

Step 4:

Once you have a long chain made, you can start the purse by creating a circle shape that, when flattened, is as wide as you want your purse to be. Using strong carpet thread or nylon thread and a craft needle, sew the rows together by spiralling one layer above the other, fitting the notches of the chain together as you go.

Sew the rows together by running the thread through the gaps of the individual links. Continue this process until the cylinder is as tall as you want your purse to be.

Step 5:

Using the thread, sew the bottom edge of the purse closed. You will now have a purse shape with a closed bottom and an open top.

Step 6:

Create a chain from potato chip bag pieces that is long enough to serve as the handle or shoulder strap. Attach one side of this chain to either both sides of the open end of the purse.

Step 7:

Sew a large button onto the front of the purse. Then, using ribbon or a decorative piece of cord, sew a loop onto the opposite side of the open end of the purse, so that you can close the purse by looping the cord loop over the button.

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  1. I love these bags.

    If you’re looking for a much much simpler bag, there is a youtube video on how to make a chip bag purse.

  2. kendrahelms says

    your directions say to use a button but the picture shows a zipper. can we have directions for the zipper? I have to rate this but I haven’t made it yet? I just wanted to ask the question

  3. A video would be so much nicer for people like me who learn visually. πŸ™‚

  4. Thank you for your generous work, I liked all your blog.

  5. I want to try this with my awesome collection of starbucks coffee bags!

  6. great idea, but who would eat so much chips? :O i’d either need 3 years to get so many bags or i’d get fat :/

  7. luv the idea, recycling at its best ^^

  8. cute idea but kinda hard to follow. pictures or a video would be nice.

  9. i love making the bracelets but only with gum or starburst wrappers…….. for people who have no clue how to do this WILL need pics….. but thx πŸ™‚

  10. this will be very good if you have illustrations for people who doesn’t visualize instructions well. it’s much easier to understand no hassle. good project though!

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