How to make a bag with ring pulls

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Using ring pulls to make handbags

Have you ever wondered what happens to all those tabs on your soft drink cans? We know the aluminum cans are recycled but what about the ring pulls. The answer is a resounding Yes! In some countries they are being turned into art. Still others are turned into jewelry and here in Brazil communities are using them to make handbags, belts and shoes. These are then being sold in Europe at boutiques and at chic markets.



Providing work in Brazil

Here in Brazil, these bags are made from recycled pop tops and delivered to the USA and throughout Europe.

These women, who would likely be unemployed without this intervention, enjoy the opportunity to learn a new skill and be paid for their work and time. In many areas of Brazil, poverty still affects many people. The willingness to work is there but not the infrastructure of getting the product to export market, this is something which has been lacking. Part of this was due to the language barrier, and not having an end buyer.

The video below shows how this has changed. From collecting the tabs off the cans to the handbag's end destination.

Make a bracelet out of pop tops

Below shows you just how easy it can be to make a bracelet using the tabs from a soft drink can. Why not give it a go?

This is just the start, you could soon be making belts, and handbags, anything you can think of. You are only limited by your imagination.

Once you have made one, you might think about selling some. As you have seen from the video above, this can be a great community earner. Sell your items on Etsy, Ebay, or rent a stall at a crafts fair. People love buying unique items especially if they know it will benefit a good cause.


Making handbags and purses

There are loads of things that you could turn into a stylish bag. The smallest piece of fabric could be used as a coin purse. A few snaps and piping and hey presto, you have a one of a kind, design.

Below you will see a couple of books that discuss making your own bags. Let's face it ladies, how many times have you come out of shop and not seen the perfect handbag. This way, you get the style you want, the color you want and the lining you want. All of this at a fraction of the cost.

If you are a seamstress you will already have scrap material that can be used. There are often very usable pieces of material left over after making another sewing project. Or in a fabric store, remnants are usually fairly priced and are the ideal size for purses and handbags.

Other items to use can be found in their handicraft section or even in a hardware store. You are only limited by your imagination.


Start your own business

Start your own business selling handbags. It is easier than you think. If you are complimented on the bag you made, you could consider selling them. People are always looking for something creative and unique.

If you have a sewing machine, it makes it that much easier. Once you have successfully made one, the rest will take you a fraction of the time.

You could sell at craft fairs or handicraft exhibitions or approach small boutiques and see if they would be willing to sell for you.

If you decide to sell them online, There are of course sites like Ebay which you could sell from. The problem with Ebay is everyone expects a bargain and you will be competing with Chinese imports which are usually very inexpensive. Another site is called Etsy and there are designers selling their creations. Of course no one offers their services for free and you will need to either pay or they will take a share of your profits.


A new sewing machine

If you are a seamstress you will either love or hate your current machine. To start any business that involves sewing you have to a machine that is up to the job. Make sure yours is robust enough to begin your new career.

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Have you seen pop top bags for sale? 4 comments

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Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

This is both a very unique craft idea and a very wonderful story for those in Brazil. Thanks for sharing!


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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil Author

There are several people here with small businesses. Some deliver only one type of veg to all of the small shops. Normally this is done on a motorcycle.

We have a tilapia farm and we supply one local man twice a week who resells them. He will carry up to 50 kilos on the back of his motorcycle delivering to all the family run shops in the area.


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mwilliams66 4 years ago from Left Coast, USA

I have never seen these before. I was really excited when I saw a pin on making chain mail from tab tops.

I would very much like to know how to purchase from the Brazilians or Salvadorians. Do you know if there is a website?

What a fantastic hub.


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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi,

I don't know if there is a website but you could try.

Mercardo Livre. This is the Brazilian Ebay. Using an online translator you should be able to navigate your way around the site. The prices would be in Brazilian Reals and is written as R$.

Another place to try would be ETSY, they often have wonderful handmade items there and I believe the contributors are international.

Hope that helps.

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