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Pop tabs can be used to make interesting and eye-popping clothing. It takes a long time to make, but can give astounding results.

How to Create Garments from Pop Tabs

1 Design the garment as if you were making it from ordinary fabric. Write down the shapes and sizes of each piece you’re going to make. For example, a good vest design consists of four pieces: one rectangle across the back, from neck to below arms, and across shoulders; a second from under arms to waist, across sides and back, and two more from collar to waist, side to center front.

How to Create Garments from Pop Tabs

2 Cut fabric strips to the length and height of each piece. In addition, add an inch to each measurement. These will be used for the weaving. It uses the same method as in weaving placemats. You will need around 3 vertical strips for every 2 inches (5.1 cm) horizontally, and 2 horizontal strips for every vertical inch. The strips should be about 1?4 inch (0.6 cm) thick.

How to Create Garments from Pop Tabs

3 Tape the ends of two of the horizontal strips to the top left of your weaving board. Make it so that the untaped ends face right. One should be just above the other on the board.

How to Create Garments from Pop Tabs

4 String one row of tabs onto the open strips. The number of tabs should be 3 for every 2 inches (5.1 cm) of length. The top strip is strung through the top hole of the tab from the front. The bottom strip is strung through the bottom hole from the back. The tabs should be close to each other, but not touching.

How to Create Garments from Pop Tabs

5 Tape off the right ends of the strips so that they are taut and flat against the board.

How to Create Garments from Pop Tabs

6 Create a second row just below the first one. The rows should be close, but not touching.

How to Create Garments from Pop Tabs

7 Weave the vertical strips. These go under the top of the tab, over the horizontal strips and middle of the tab, then under the bottom of the tab. These should connect the two rows.

How to Create Garments from Pop Tabs

8 Continue adding rows and individual tabs, weaving the vertical strips as you go along.

How to Create Garments from Pop Tabs

9 Join the finished pieces together. This is done by pinning and sewing the loose ends to a separate strip of fabric about an inch thick.

How to Create Garments from Pop Tabs

10 Finish up. The rest is up to your tailoring skills. You may have to do some trimming and sewing to make it look and fit right. When you’re done, show it off proudly. You’ve got some very unique shiny wear.

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