Chip Packet Patches




So you're wanting to know what to do with that shiny chip packet? Make shiny patches!

Step 1: Eat Your Chips

You need:
An empty chip packet.
Double sided fusible interfacing
Some backing fabric
Sewing machine and thread
Oil based paint

Step 2: Iron It Funky!

Place some material that you don't mind possibly ruining under the foil, and baking paper on top.

lorn it. As soon as you apply heat then raise the iron the foil will crinkle in really interesting ways. Keep ironing until you're happy with the shape and texture.

Step 3: Stick It

Theres lots of ways to proceed from here, so I'm going to show you two of my favorites.

Cut the foil into the size and shape you want. Set aside one half for later.

Apply a square for double sided fusible interfacing to your fabric. Simply lay it sticky side down, iron it. Let it cool and peel off the backing paper.

Place your foil over the top of the sticky area, cover with a baking sheet and iron it all together.

The more you iron the more distressed the foil will be.

Step 4: Sew It

Cut out your patch and sew something on top. I started with random lines that ended in this wavy pattern.

I decided that I'd use this patch on something not washable, in this case a book cover, so that allowed me to add non washable elements to it: I glued down sequins ( the glue will dry clear) and added colour with a light brush of oil paints.

I also took the piece that I'd set aside and randomly sewed it onto another piece of fabric, without the aid of the fusible interfacing as this doesn't create so many holes. it was also brushed with oil paints.

If you use oil paints leave them to dry for at least a couple of days.



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    16 Discussions


    Very cool project. Thanks for the instructable! I tried to find sites for non- food microwavable projects without any luck.. could someone please suggest a web site?

    Neat. In a previous life, I used to microwave things for jollies. (can't reach the lab microwave anymore, for all the piles of junk) Anyhow chip bags shrink in the microwave, making funky tiny chip bags...

    5 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    no i know that. i just thought that the actual bag had metal infused with it. kind of like juice boxes. you can't put metal in the microwave


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    It does, but it's so thin that it dosn't spark. Now cds...they are spectacular in the microwave! :)

    I dunno if it's so much the thickness of the metal as it's geometry. Gold rim coffee cups (even if the gold's so worn that you forget it's there...) make a pretty wild lightning show as well. (especially if you aren't expecting one...) It might even be because of the wear, that the induced electrical charge arcs from gold area to gold area. The CD acts in similar fashion, the encoding pits creating areas with no aluminum film, across which the electricity arcs. There's plenty of sites devoted to creative nonfood microwavery, some of which explain the physics involved much better than I can, 'cuz I can't seem to explain my way through a wet paper bag. Old vacuum tubes are quite impressive also.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Instructables is never at fault of something new! Nice work!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I have never ever wanted to waste the packages of chips-- they're so... so shiny. I knew you could make something, and know I have found what it is.
    Nice job.