Question about a craft idea....

@foxyfire33 (10007)
United States
November 27, 2007 8:22am CST
Anyone know if potato chip bags are washable? Don't think I'm off my rocker! Here's my idea....my youngest loves it when he gets a hold of a crinkly potato chip bag so I was thinking what if I cut open a bag and sewed it between two pieces of fabricn like a mini crinkly blanket for him to play with. But I don't know what would happen to the bag once the fabric needed washing. Has anyone done anything with a potato chip bag before to know if it would hold up in the washer and dryer?
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14 responses
• United States
27 Nov 07
LOL. That sounds like a cool idea. I would think if you wash the bag with some dish soap it will come clean. I dont think it should be put in the dryer though. The heat from the dryer will melt the bag. You could wash it in the dryer on a gental cycle and hang to dry. All I can tell you is to try. Make a small one and throw it in the washer and see what happens. If it works great..if not then they just cant be washed. Good luck!
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@foxyfire33 (10007)
• United States
27 Nov 07
Oh geesh I never thought about the bag melting in the dryer! That would have made "someone" real happy... I think I'm going to go find my sewing machine and give this a try! I'll let you all know what happens.
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• United States
27 Nov 07
I wouldn't think it would be safe. The potato chip bag is like a type of plastic and plastic is a choking hazard for young kids. I also don't know how sanitary it would be. You are very creative though. I wish I had those type of ideas. My brain is very dull compared to yours.
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@foxyfire33 (10007)
• United States
27 Nov 07
But it would be a large piece all sewn up inside fabric so there's no way he'd be able to choke on the bag. I'm not sure what you mean by not sanitary? It would be washed before I used it and then the whole point of my question was to see if it could be washed and kept clean for him to play with it. Anyway thanks for the compliment! The idea just popped into my head because his dad left a ag sitting next to the computer and I had my son on my lap and he kept grabbing the bag and laughing when it made noise. It was funny.
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• Philippines
28 Nov 07
aren't they made of some kind of foil, (i think thats what make them sound like that) anyway, you can wash them by hand actually, however, it will be difficult because even thought the pieces are sewn together, it will be very easy to come off. unless you use a piece of fabric to join them together. i forgot the actual term that you use for that. hope it works
@foxyfire33 (10007)
• United States
3 Dec 07
I thought it was more foil like also. And it would not be exposed at all. It would be inside the "blanket so there would be no worries about it coming off.
• United States
27 Nov 07
I don't know how well it would hold up in a dryer. It is a great idea, but I'm sure you could probably do it safer with a crinkly fabric they sell at some craft stores. I'm not entirely sure you'd ever get all that grease out of the bag... I know it sometimes takes my sons 2 or 3 washing of their hands to get the chip grease off their hands after eating a few chips. I'd call the company to see what they say about washing and drying the bag.
@foxyfire33 (10007)
• United States
3 Dec 07
I hadn't thought about the grease ut I suppose I'll just have to soak a couple bags in grease fighting dish water and see what happens! The safety issue has already been explained a few times, I just wasn't clear enough in my original post I guess that the bag would be inside the sewn fabric pieces (like quilt batting) and not at all exposed to the baby.
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
27 Nov 07
Before using the bags, you can wash them in soap and water to clean them. After that you can certainly put them in the washer on the gentle cycle. I'd make sure that the wash and rinse are both cold though. I'd air or line dry though. I know they sell crinkly fabric in SOME fabric stores, but it's not nearly as krinkly sounding as the potato chip bag and the ones I've seen weren't washable. They also sell toys with some crinkly fabric in them.
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@foxyfire33 (10007)
• United States
27 Nov 07
Thanks wiccania! We don't have a huge selection at the fabric store here. It's more like an old 5 and dime turned wanna-be craft store. If tey did arry it, it would probably be horribly expensive.
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@violeta_va (4832)
• Australia
27 Nov 07
I have not done it but I know someone who did that with an old pillowcase they put i zip on it and put few potato bags inside and when it needed to be washed they took them out. On the other hand my son has one of those shells things that you put send on one side and water in the other side he has a potato chips bag in it for about 9 monts now that he used to fill with sand and I just noticed that it is still there (not as brand new but it is still there). I will give you another idea if you a crafty person you can make christmas decoration out of them cut it open get a shape (I do it with hearts) cut as many as you can and then put glue on one (silvery side facing out) get another heart stuck 1/2 to it (to 1ole half of it) and put glue on the next and get another one and stick one half to the first and half on the second and you have a 3d heart you can use them like that or make a chain using some wool or something or put them on presents
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@foxyfire33 (10007)
• United States
27 Nov 07
I'll have to tuck the deoration idea away for another Christmas. I like it but I'm sure it wouldn't be approved of here... It first I thought of the whole zpper thing so the bag could be taken out an/or replaced as needed but then I figured that knowing my kids they'd probably unzip it all the time and I don't want the actual bag floating aound loose. Maybe when they get older that could work though!
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@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
27 Nov 07
well i don't know about the washer or dryer but i do know you can wash it with dish soap and let it dry and then you can cut it how ever you want.i have done this before for my kids.
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@foxyfire33 (10007)
• United States
27 Nov 07
That makes sense...and it wouldn't be any different than hand washing something delicate. Maybe I'll experiment just to see what would happen.
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@cher913 (25859)
• Canada
27 Nov 07
this may sound just as odd as your question, but why dont you contact the actual companies of the chip producers, perhaps that way you can find out where they get their bags and what sort of material they are made of??!!
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@foxyfire33 (10007)
• United States
27 Nov 07
LOL...wonder if customer service has ever heard this question before!?
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@nica269 (1399)
• United States
28 Nov 07
I've never heard of this, but this definetly sounds like a great idea to try. It'll save you money, especially with the rise of toy prices.
@foxyfire33 (10007)
• United States
3 Dec 07
Not just the toy prices but also the toy recalls...
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
3 Dec 07
Absolutely! The toy recalls are completely out of hand, don't you think? We haven't bough any new toys since all the recalls started. Not that we NEED any more toys in the house, but my goodness, the recalls are outrageous!
@foxyfire33 (10007)
• United States
5 Dec 07
S/o did a little Christmas shopping on his own for the two boys but that's all and he was very picky about what he bought. For the older kids we're sticking with some pracical things that the teenagers need, books and games for the middle kids, and I don't know yet for the younger ones lol besides what he already bought it will probably be clothes, books or DVD's along with a big toy or two that they've been wanting.
@venshida (4837)
• United States
3 Dec 07
I don't think it will hold up in the dryer, but it is washable. I would air dry it.
@foxyfire33 (10007)
• United States
3 Dec 07
Thanks! I decided against the dryer since so many of you advised against it. I'm sure you all saved me a lot of trouble lol. I'll let you know how it turns out!
• United States
28 Nov 07
I would not advise it. What if he chews it and it broke and pieces of the bag might end up in his tummy. Worst he might choke on it. Those baggies are not tough enough to with stand a kids pull and chew power. If your little one is like my little one man that bag is not going to last a second. She loves playing with those stuff to because it makes a funny noise and also it's shinny if you turn it inside out. She loves grabbing it between her hands and pulling it with the other hand. I don't let her play with it for long though just in case it might break. Just my opinion. Take care and good luck.
@foxyfire33 (10007)
• United States
3 Dec 07
Umm...it will be INSIDE the two pieces of sewn together fabric.
@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
27 Nov 07
That is a great craft idea...I am not sure but I do not see why they would not hold up (at least for awhile)...
@foxyfire33 (10007)
• United States
3 Dec 07
I figure it's worth a try anyway. I think I might be able to go pick up my sewing machine later tonight and hopefully can pull out some fabric too. I'll let you all know how it turns out.
@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
3 Jan 08
I have no idea about the potato chip bag, but wax paper makes a pretty crinkly noise when you roll it up into a big ball, and then sew some fabric around it, You can buy books like that that come crinkely, we have one with winnie the pooh on it, its a teether as well. and you can just toss it in the wash. If you are making it out of a potato chip bag though, You could always sew a zipper into the fabric, or velcro, so you could replace the chip bag when you wash the fabric :)
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
3 Jan 08
I'm sure it could be washed, but i would be nervous about putting it in the dryer because i don't know what it would do...but i think it would still be a fun thing to play with!
• United States
29 Dec 07
Sounds like a neat idea. And as for your question I am not really sure on how well that would wash. I would suggest taking a small square big enough for the chip bag and sew it on there like you would for the blanket and give it a wash, that would be the best was to know how its going to do in the washer. Good luck and very cute idea. You should let me know if it works, I have a nephew that would love something like that.