When I see things like twist ties and soda can tabs I often wonder "What could I make with that?" Oh I know, I'm not the only crafter to think that way, as a matter of fact, most of us do! That's why the interwebs is full of awesome things we've made!
Soda can tabs have been made into all kinds of cool stuff. I've seen bras, belly dancing belts, headbands, bracelets and purses. This one is neat. Those colors are great, I love it. Even the strap is made from soda tabs. I don't think I have the patience to make something that involved. It's not that I couldn't come up with the tabs . . . I live on soda. I just keep finding all sorts of new things to make! So I jump from one project to another like a frog in a pond going from lily pad to lily pad. <ribbit>
Currently I'm on the Soda Tab Bracelet lily pad. I've made several and one in particular I've worn for a few days now. It's a cuff-style bracelet with a simple button closure. I have the pattern below with some pics and a few suggestions for safety and such. Shall we get started?
There are several patterns on the web for projects like this. This one just has my take on it ^_^
- Yarn of your choice. I used a soft 4-ply worsted weight for my bracelet in a buttery yellow color. (yarn in the directions is one I use to experiment with)
- size F hook
- embroidery needle
- button (mine is 3/4" no shank)
- clean soda tabs (mine has about 15)
- sand paper, coarse emery board for sanding
- sewing thread and sewing needle (optional)
- Hold the tabs "wrong" side to "wrong" side. The wrong side being the one that shows all the folds used when they made the tab. The "right" side is the one that you can see when the tab is still on the can. In this picture the "right" side is on top and the "wrong" side is on the bottom.
- Here is a picture showing the tabs together as you need to hold them. As you start, holding the tabs may seem a bit awkward at first. I know I found it a bit confusing so don't get too frustrated right out of the gate. Give it a few minutes and I promise, it does get easier.
- This picture shows how to keep adding the tabs as you progress through the project. Notice in this pic and the one above that you are only matching ONE hole at a time. It's like laying brick, you have to stagger them so you have something to build on as you continue. Keep matching "wrong" side to "wrong" side, this will keep any missed rough edges away from the skin. Safety first!
- The following picture will show you how to work the yarn through the holes in the tabs to actually make the bracelet. If you've worked "around" anything before this will be familiar to you. The first thing you do is hold the tabs and insert the hook through the hole. Put your slip knot on and pull though, then chain 3 (counts as first DC). Double crochet 2 more times in this first hole. You now have 3 DC.
- Continue on with adding tabs and working through the holes, putting 3 DC in each hole. Keep "wrong" side to "wrong" side. As you work, keep in mind that the ends will have approximately 1" added due to the yarn working across the ends. So watch the length closely and remove any tabs you don't need. This is easily customizable to any wrist size.
- The end of the bracelet should be worked across the slimmer end of the tab for one reason: it's smooth inside the hole and is less likely to cut your yarn. Now for the button-hole end of the bracelet: DCx2, chain 4, DCx2 all in the same hole. Continue across the opposite side of the piece (all the tabs are now on so all you have to do is work though the holes as before, putting 3DC in each hole).