Five Crafty Projects to Upcycle Your Potato Chip Bags

chip bag sandwich bagsFiguring out what fabrics can be safely used to sew leak-proof re-usable food packaging for lunchboxes and backpacks is challenging. Vinyl? I don’t think so. Oilcloth? It’s a vinyl. Laminated cotton? Well, I used it to sew my babies’ diapers, but I don’t know if I’d actually want them licking it, if you know what I mean.

The genius behind this mylar snack bag tutorial from French Sleep Deprivation Study is the choice of material. The mylar that you use is an upcycled chip bag. It’s not plastic, it is leak-proof, and we already know that Frito-Lay, at least, considers it food-safe. It’s a great alternative to wrapping your sandwich in vinyl.

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.


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  1. Thanks for the neat ideas. Not sure about making toys for little ones, who might chew on them. First comment makes total sense.

    Some of the other projects are worth trying. Thanks for the article.

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