Gareth @ MAKE writes:

Tabistry? Yup. At least according to this site it’s the “art of creating versatile textile out of ordinary soda/bear/soup/fruit/other can pull tabs woven together with fabric, ribbon, cord, wire, jump rings or any other material.” Some of the work is quite lovely. Seems a little… inappropriate to make a kid’s hat from beer can tabs, but hey…

From the pages of CRAFT, Vol. 03:


Pull-Tab Crochet: Create your own colorful decorations using recycled pull-tabs,” by the designers of Escama, pgs 118-119. Buy the single issue or preview this article in our Digital Edition.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • David P. Wolfe

    What a GR8 idea!!! Love <3 the tab purse, it’s awesome!!!