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PULL TAB (POP TOP) CROCHET

Updated on September 16, 2014

WEARABLE ART



Crochet with pop tops is a very popular craft in my home country, Brazil. I think that most pull tab crochet products you may see online are "pasteurized" and mass-produced. They strive for perfection, while I do it for the pure enjoyment of creating something with my own two hands (wish I had a third one...). I think of it as wearable art and minor imperfections are part of the charm.   

Upcycled crochet items using aluminum pull tabs from soda and beer cans

See what it's all about

All the items I make are crocheted or knit using recycled, post-consumer, clean, aluminum soda can pull tabs, or pop tops. Check what pull tab crochet is all about.

I have started using "plarn", a "yarn" made from recycled plastic bags cut into strips. The results are very interesting

Let me know if you like it...Leave a blurb in my Guestbook...

Pull Tab crochet on the web

Let's praise all the beautiful work out there

My Etsy Pull Tab Shop with pull tab handbags, clothing and accessories for sale

Pop Top Purse with Tutorial

Novica with pull tab handbags and accessories made by Neide Ambrosio, from Brazil, for purchase

Escama Studios

Pull Tab Bracelet tutorial

Craft Magazine Pull Tab Crochet

Flower Potholder Tutorial from Angela Cassilha's Blog (in Portuguese but the pictures are good enough to figure it out)

Creations on Video

Brazilian Artisan Neide Ambrosio talks about her pull tab creations. English subtitles. Her items are for sale at the Novica store online (link above).

"Desfile de roupas recicladas, feitas de Sucata" - Fashion Show - Clothes made from trash

Eliane Cordeiro shows her outfits made with recycled pull tabs and other found items on Eliana's talk show, from Brasil. It's in Portuguese, but the images are worth it...

Escama Studio - Promotional Video

Escama (Fish Scale) Studio works with a Brazilian Co-op of Artisans Called "Panteras do Lacre" (loosely, Pull Tab Jaguars).

Other Interesting Things Using Beer and Soda Cans

There's more to them than the pull tabs...

The Orange Show Center for Visionary Arts in Houston is finally done renovating the beer can house

Visit the Red Bull Art of Can page. It's in Houston this year and I have been to it. AWESOME! It may not give you wings, but it sure gives your imagination some!!!!

Visit my friend Urbanwoodswalker on Flickr. She has picture sets of awesome stuff she makes with the cans.

Helping the Environment

What others are doing and saying

Solar Seeds, Solar Energy for the Agricultural and Rural Communities

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    • PopTopLady profile image
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      PopTopLady 9 years ago

      Let's all take the "handmade pledge"...Buy handmade!

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      PanicAttackShop 9 years ago

      Beautiful pieces Pop Top Lady!!

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      appleandstar 9 years ago

      Great lens... great name! Love your stuff :-)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I just love your work, and you have become a tremendous cyber friend! (((Hugs)))

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      Cheryl Kohan 9 years ago from Minnesota

      I love handmade...count me in on the "handmade pledge".

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      These recycled handmade work of yours are such an art. I love that yellow backpack. They are beautiful. Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose! Great way to make a difference!

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      Jennie Hennesay 9 years ago from Lubbock TX

      What a wonderful way to recycle! Keepp up the good work.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great work ! I just Love all the colors and such precision.

      Joan

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      LemonTreeDesigns 8 years ago

      Your work is lovely and inspriring. You have such style!

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      frexprsn 8 years ago

      Wow! I must have one of your purses! I wish I could do that.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Looks good. The first video no longer works btw.

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      PopTopLady 8 years ago

      OK, I fixed the videos (added couple more, too). I don't know why that one disappeared from YouTube...it was soooo beautiful!

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      Fortunate LM 8 years ago

      Hi Ya...

      I lensrolled this lens. It's perfect as a link with my Jazz it Up!

      Thank you so much..wonderful fun things to do.

      Fortunate

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      EelKat13 8 years ago

      Those are beautiful! I don't think I've ever seen crochet done like this before.

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      These are wonderful! Never knew it could be done like that! Great job! Welcome to Reuse it all! group!

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      Excellent lens :-)

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      dianadavis_3 8 years ago

      really neet

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      wow. how do you make the purses?? i can't find anything anywhere on how to do it!! could you give me some pointers???

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      bidzinger 8 years ago

      Wow! I have never seen anything crocheted with pop tabs before and everything you have shown looks so nice! I love to crochet; do you have any patterns for these? I would love to try it!

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      PopTopLady 8 years ago

      [in reply to kilester] I never use patterns and don't know how to write them. I just create as I go. If it works, it works; if it doesn't, it gets unraveled....

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      beachbum_gabby 8 years ago

      Interesting recycling. Great job!

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      mistyblue75605 lm 8 years ago

      These are the coolest things!!! I have found a new love!! Thank you so much!! 5*'s

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      ctavias0ffering1 7 years ago

      This lens has been on my favourites for a good while, I think it deserves some Angel dust as well. Duly blessed.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hola! he hecho una reseña sobre vosotros en mi blog!!

      http://mesalenalas.blogspot.com/

      Saludos.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Where can I get a supply of pop can tops?

      Looks like the pop can tops used in most of the purses shown

      are new.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      How can I get tabs?

      Margot

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      PopTopLady 7 years ago

      [in reply to margot cardarelli] I get mine at Ebay; my favorite seller is Coindude1 and his boy scouts.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love your stuff!! I know you probably get that a lot! I looked at your stuff on Etsy, and the price is VERY reasonable! Actually I would say its unbelievable! You're so blessed to have such a wonderful, creative talent!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      [in reply to PopTopLady] Thank you!!!!!

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      Quirina 7 years ago

      Gosh, how darn cool!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      wow! Your work is beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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      Dreadmoc 7 years ago

      SHUT UP!!!! THAT IS THE COOLEST IDEA EVER TEN STARS FOR YOUR LENS **********

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      hello

      y from belgium your work is verry nice y like it

      i try to make

      greats marylou

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      georgiawild 6 years ago

      I'm a crochetaholic and can't get enough of crochet with non-traditional materials. This concept is fantastic! Thanks for sharing this with everyone.

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      Jmel37 6 years ago

      I chrochet with plarn -plastic yarn- but I haven't thought to add tab accents! Very cool ideas. I really like the fish scale tab purse, I would like to try to make one of my own :)

      another use for tabs--I used them to make chairs! Check them out on my lens. Afterthey were finished they were donated to a local charity that collects tabs for money.

      Www.squidoo.com/greenlikekermit

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      Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago

      Awesome lens, love the great ideas,Fantastic selection

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      VBright 6 years ago

      This is fantastic! I've been crocheting for years and have never heard of this type of thing. I reallllllllly want to try to make a purse or something out of the pop tops now. I'm sharing this one on facebook! I'm also going to favorite it.

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      PopTopLady 6 years ago

      @VBright: Thank you for stopping by. I am really passionate about my craft... I am also on Facebook (look for Pop Top Lady).

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      asiliveandbreathe 6 years ago

      I have done crocheting with string, ribbon, plastic wrappers/bags cut into strips, and strips of fabric. I have incorporated metal & plastic washers, pieces of leather & plastic, beads and buttons, but this idea is new to me. The results look great.

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      manndtp 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens.

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      blue22d 6 years ago

      Beautiful....who would have thought!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      IF ANYONE NEEDS POP TABS I HAVE OVER 100,000 ON HAND! CONTACT ME AT GOT19S@YAHOO.COM AND I CAN GET YOU A PRICE QUOTE! THE MORE YOU BUY THE BETTER OF A DEAL I CAN GIVE! I ONLY SELL IN LOTS OF 1,000. THANK YOU!

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      PopTopLady 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Nice to know. I just bought a ton, but I will keep you in mind when I need more... Any colored tabs?

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      This is INCREDIBLE! I have never seen anything like this before. It is my pleasure to bless this lens!

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      Kitty Levee 6 years ago

      What a cool idea!

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      cbessa 6 years ago

      Bacana isto! Bonito e reciclável. :-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: where do u buy them? i just got a pop top bracelet from an art show and everyone loved it. i want to make them and sell them. so ya i need a lot

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I have it's for sale! Email me at got19s@yahoo.com if you are interested!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love what you are doing with the pull tabs, and I am doing something similar for a subject at school. i would really like to ask you a few questions about your insipirations and so on, so if you wouldn't mind emailing me at josephine.wood@seatonhs.sa.edu.au i would love to ask you my questions, and it would be a great help to me.

      Thank you

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      joe-buck 5 years ago

      Terrific ideas! Nice lens.

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      ShellB 5 years ago

      Oh wow, I've never seen anything like this! I love it!

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      jasminesphotogr 5 years ago

      Huh, I've never seen anything like that! You are very talented. Great lens and wishing you many sales on your Etsy shop.

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      KANEsUgAr 5 years ago

      These are cool, never heard up pull tab crochet. I like it, looks fun.

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      deanna6812 5 years ago

      So very cool! Your work is so beautiful! I'm a crocheter, myself, but I work only with yarn. I have to try including more organic or recycled pieces to my crocheting after seeing this!

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      Ann 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      amazing - angel blessed and featured on my road trip into crafts lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wow these are amazing!!!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Absolutely amazing what you can make from the tiny aluminum pulltabs. What a wonderful article.

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      How clever!

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      Love these! Just returning to add a little angel blessing and let you know that this lens has been added to my Upcycling Ideas lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Brazilian work inspired this chain mail in Canada:

      http://burntembers.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/pull-t...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Beautiful. When are you going to start selling the items?

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      PopTopLady 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I sell them on Etsy: poptoplady.etsy.com

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      OK - I love to "up-cycle" and I really like crafts, but this is just about as unique as they come. I'm adding this to my Crazy Crafts Online lens, because it is wonderful and right up there with the rest of the items I've selected, in my opinion of course. Great lens. Blessings.

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      Amazing what a little imagination can come up with. Well done.

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

      Wow! This is a very unique idea and a great way to recycle something most of us never even thinking about using. Happy crochet week!

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      chasz-manequin 4 years ago

      This is very cool =) iv'e been working on a chain mail made of them but can never et enough. youv'e made a finished product!

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      Barbara2659 4 years ago

      I don't generally use pop-top cans, but if I did...yet another hobby would be born!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      very nice

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      lewisgirl 4 years ago

      nice! I bought a pull tab purse from the Green Festival one year. I love it and always thought I would try this art form.

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Cool lens... Thumbs Up!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I just saw those bags today. I so love them. I wwant to make them for myself and family. only thing is i can't find the tags here in new zealand. is there anywhere i can buy the tags. if you could help me i would be greatfull. thank you. 0276932285 cell phone.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I HAVE CANTABS ROR SALE IF ANYBODY WANTS THEM. EMAIL ME FOR FURTHER DETAILS. Kathrynegarrido@gmail.com

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