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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.
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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