Monday, January 21, 2013

Soda Tab Belt Tutorial

So last week on So You Think You're Crafty the theme was For the Boys. I just skated by with this one. There were some really awesome For the Boys crafts last week. I have two girls. So that was a tough one for me. But I did finally come up with the Soda Tab Belt. I LOVE it. I don't know if any boys would like it, but I think it's pretty cool.

And thank you so much to those who voted for me! You are awesome! Because of you I'm in the competition one more week.  Check it out here, and please vote.
 

I love how the two rows of tabs have a chain mail rocker look to them. And even though it's crocheted, it's not girly looking at all. You could even keep it super simple and only do one row. The chain mail effect wouldn't really show, but I thought the single row still looked pretty cool as I was making it. Also the buckle I bought was pretty wide and needed two rows of tabs to fill it up, so that got rid of the single row idea for me.
If you have basic crochet skills, you can easily do this project. All it requires are single and double crochet stitches - nothing fancy. It's mostly single crochet stitches the double only comes in on the belt loop.

Alright, so how to make one for your boys? It's actually much easier than it looks. If you've never crocheted, I'm going to try and talk you through it. About.com also has some good stitch directions.

First I put out a call for soda tabs on Facebook. We don't drink a lot of soda around here and when we do, it's usually from a bottle. Anyway, you'd be surprised how many people save their soda tabs and how many you get with just a quick request.  Love my friends!

The amount of tabs you need depends on how long you want your belt to be. Mine was 2 rows of 58 tabs each for a total of 116 tabs and the belt is a 2T - 4T size.

Let's get started.

Create a slip knot for your hook. (I used a size 8 crochet hook)


Place two tabs, smooth side together. Then single crochet (SC) on the first hole in the tab. This first row will go from right to left.

Repeat in second hole on tab. Open tabs and adjust so the edge of one is on top of the other.

Add another tab, smooth sides together and SC tab on from left to right.

Keep adding tabs and alternating starting on the right and starting on the left until you have your desired length.

Make sure to adjust your tabs over and under like the photo below.


If you you want to have a single row belt, you can skip down to adding the buckle. If you'd like to have a double row of tabs, make a second single row chain the same length as the first. (Make sure if your first tab was in the 'over' position on your first row, the second row also starts in the over position.)

Place rows smooth side together matching the over and under pieces like shown below. SC them together.


Open rows and adjust as necessary. SC your buckle on one end. (I told you it was pretty easy crocheting.)



Ok, so here's the last bit. The loop to put the extra belt through so it doesn't just hang loose. I don't have a ton of pictures for this part, but like I said, basic crochet skills here.

Chain 25. Join.
Chain 3 (counts as first DC). DC (double crochet) to the end. (Should be a total of 25 DC.) Join.
Chain 1, SC in each DC to the end. Fasten off.

You should now have a little loop and are probably wondering how to crochet it on to your belt. I did too. And then I just decided that hot glue would be best. So, slip the loop into place and take your hot glue gun and glue that sucker down.


And there you have it, your crocheted soda tab belt. I know this was a long tutorial, but I promise it goes faster than it sounds. I just tried to be thorough with crochet stitches through the tabs. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.


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8 comments:

  1. Ginger - I just had to let you know how much I LOVED LOVED LOVED your soda tab belt. I want to make one! We save soda tabs for a charity that is collected through my husband's office. So we have quite a few here. I've seen purses made from them and always just scratched my head on "HOW???" Anyway - so glad you're still in the mix at SYTYC. I LOVE seeing all the creative talent. Keep it up!

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  2. I was thinking these looked really pretty! I have boys, but I would make this for my girls since they look kinda sparkly. I was SHOCKED to see that it was made of soda tabs!! I have an 11 year old boy that loves to work with his hands, I think he would love to try this out. Nice idea, thank you!

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  3. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!
    --Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  4. How cool! That is very creative. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

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  5. I really like your soda tab belt!!!!! It's almost kinda blingy, and I love that. I don't crochet myself, but I would definetly wear one. Good luck in your competition

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  6. AMAZING! I am thinking you could keep on going and make a purse...

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  7. Very cool! I saw your project over at Roadkill Rescue and had to come over and check it out. I don't crochet, but I love this idea!

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  8. You are very clever. I think a smaller version would make a very hip bracelet....

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