Purses and other accessories made from soda tabs (or “pop” tabs) are a creative and useful way to reduce waste. Plus, the final result is a one-of-a-kind purse that is trendy and fun. The size of the purse is dependent on the number of soda tabs used — so start collecting those tabs!
Things You'll Need
Making the Edges
Line up 65 soda tabs lengthwise from tip to tip.
Tie the edge of the ribbon through the last hole in the end tab. This will serve as an anchor for the rest of the row.
Push the ribbon through the second hole of the anchored tab. Then, weave the ribbon up through the next hole, and so on. Threading the ribbon in and out of the tabs’ holes creates a pretty pattern and also laces the tabs together. Do this until all 65 tabs are connected.
Place a matching row of 65 tabs along side the laced tabs. There should be two rows of 65 tabs.
Lace the rest of the ribbon through the new row of tabs so the end of the ribbon coming out of the last tab in the first row will connect to the first tab in the second row.
Making the Sides
Align seven rows of 25 tabs each lengthwise from tip to tip.
Repeat the weaving process so that the ribbon runs lengthwise through the seven rows of tabs.
Hold the ribbon that is coming out of the last tab in the last row and push it through the hole on the edge of the last tab on the sixth row (in other words, the tab directly above it). Simply push the ribbon between the tab and the horizontally threaded ribbon. This process will connect all seven rows of the tab vertically and horizontally.
Once the ribbon is woven through all of the tabs both horizontally and vertically, tie off the edge of the ribbon to the last tab. Now, there should be a completely connected side for the purse.
Repeat this entire section to create the other side of the purse.
Attaching the Pieces
Lay the two sides of the purse with the backs against each other.
Place the edge strip that was made initially along the entire edge of the siding so that the two rows of 65 lies on its side from the left side, along the bottom, and up the right side. The top of the sides will be the purse opening; the edging creates the thickness for the purse.
Unravel the crafting wire and begin to weave it through the holes of the tabs on the edge of each piece. The purpose is to connect the sides and edge strip together. Finish weaving the wire through until the entire purse is connected.
Cut the remaining wire on tabs, knot it and wrap the loose edge. The whole should look like a small, rectangular clutch purse.
Making the Lining
Measure the final interior length of one side.
With scissors, cut out two pieces of fabric that match the interior purse measurements.
Sew the two pieces of fabric together with a needle and thread. Only sew along the sides and the bottom, because the top will be the opening for the purse.
Put the assembled lining inside the purse. Then sew along the edge of the opening with thread, connecting the top of the lining with the top of the purse. Sewing around the tabs is the best way to keep the purse intact, but sewing the lining to the ribbon is also an option.
Apply adhesive velcro squares to the inside of the lining to fasten the clutch purse closed.
-If collecting tabs isn’t an option, try an online store.
-Try colored ribbons or lining fabric for a completely different look.
-For another splash of color, spray paint the tabs before lacing them together.
-Experiment with making other items such as belts, wallets and more.
-Other fasteners, such as buttons and zippers, will work well for the purse opening.
-To make a strap, weave another row of tabs together. Or, simply use braids of ribbon.
References and ResourcesCraftster: My First Pop Tab Bag (With Pics)
Craftster: My Sofa Pop Tab Purse