My hope in this tutorial is to guide you through the first steps of making a pop tab purse, the rest I leave up to you.
There are many different ways to create a purse from pop tabs, some I have tried, but this particular method has been my favorite so far. The purse itself has lasted nearly 2 years, the only strain being on the joining points of the strap and natural wear to the top of the lining.
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Before you begin you will need to gather together your supplies. The pop tabs I was able to collect with the help of some very industrious young ladies who left out a collection can at their elementary school. If you are not able to collect them yourself (I personally don\’t regularly drink soda so this would have been impossible without help) then I know people on ebay do collect them and sell them there.
- Purse lining fabric
- 12inch zipper
- A Sewing Machine
YOUR FIRST STEPS
1. Wash all of your pop tabs. I would recommend washing all of your tabs in a plastic tub to reduce the risk of losing them down the sink. It also will make it much easier to drain out the water and scoop them onto a towel. Pat with a second towel and let air dry. You will be surprised how dirty these are.
ASSEMBLING THE PURSE BODY
1. Once you have created two front panels, two side panels and a single bottom panel we will begin assembling them together into the purse body. 2. Attach a front panel to a side panel at a 90° angle using the same method you used to create the panels. 3. Attach the remaining side and front panels to create a top- and bottom-less box. 4. Adding the bottom panel is the tricky part. This is where your fishing line comes in. As it was quite difficult to line up the scalloped tabs and attach the panels with wire I opted to use a much more flexible material, fishing line. Tie the fishing line at one end and thread through the sides. You will have to be the creative on this as I cannot show you an exact method. The goal is to make it secure and keep the fishing line out of site and invisible. 5. Now you have completed the purse body!
6. Complete by creating a chain of pop tabs 2 wide for your strap. This can be as long or as short as you would like. I kept adding tabs until the purse fit comfortably under my arm.
PURSE LINING & COMPLETION
1. There are two methods to creating a purse lining, one is to sew your own or second to use an already created bag or purse and simply insert it. I have sewn my own. The complexity of the purse lining will determine how much material you will need. I created the lining with some velvet that I already had on hand and did not need to purchase anything for it except the zipper and ribbon. I would suggest following this simple zipper bag tutorial to get started. Sew with needle and thread, your lining to the inside of your pop tab purse.
2. Add the ribbon to the underside of your strap, sewing it down the center with thread to the wire loops already there from making the strap. Attach this strap with jump rings or with your wire, like you have been attaching tabs.