Pop-Top, Pop Tab, Stay-Tab, Ring Pull — so many names!

Did you know the modern version of the pop-top is actually called a stay-tab? Or that the original pull-tab was invented in the 1930s but wasn't mass produced until the 1950s?

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This website is dedicated to the wonderful, versatile soda can pop top (pull tab, ring pull, etc.), pop-top bags and pop-top jewelry. Even clothing can be made from pop-tops (as you can see from the photo on the !)

Using soda can pop tops to make bags and jewelry are very popular, and with good reason. It's a great way to recycle, upcycle, next-cycle, whatever! It's also a great way to express your green fashion sense without sacrificing a classy and modern look. Whether you crochet your own pop-top masterpiece or order one from a high quality retailer like Escama Studio, you'll convey the message that you're stylish and "green" at the same time!

DIY Tutorials

How to Crochet with Pop-Tops Tutorial

Pop Top Bags How-To Tutorial

Here's a cool project you can do with kids or adults, or you can make one on your own. All you need is a few pop-tops from soda cans and some embroidery floss.

Detailed instructions for making this design are available on the Pop Top Bags How-To page at the Escama Studio website.

Recycled Pop-Top Bracelet Tutorial

DIY Network Recycled Pop-Top Bracelet Tutorial

A cool tutorial from the DIY Network for a simple project. No pictures of the process are provided, but it's yet another cool use for the under-appreciated pop-top! This one takes about 20 pop-tops and would probably work great with kids. If you're a camp instructor, or an art teacher, perhaps consider this as a project.

Very Nice Up-Close Photos On This Pop Top Purse Tutorial

Instructions to make a purse out of pop tabs

This blog post provides very detailed up-close images for how to tie the pop-tops together. It also includes pictures of larger bags and belts, etc. made from soda can pop tops. There are also tips on the type of thread to use for getting the best results. Awesome!

How To Make A Pop-Tab Purse

How to make a pop tab purse

This is a very detailed (18 steps) soda can pop top tutorial to make a purse using 727 pop tab tops. Very ambitious, and very well explained.

Mini-Clutch With Liner Tutorial

My Soda Pop Tab Purse

This bag has a liner, which is nice. Also, the author of the tutorial drew a very clear diagram (see sample below) to help with threading the pop-tops.

Cool Pop Top Bag Made With Home-Dyed String

Just another Pop Tab Purse with Tutorial

The photos on this pop-top bag project tutorial show chopsticks being used to line up the design. Very nice detail!

How to Make a Can Tab Clutch Purse

How to Make a Can Tab Clutch Purse

A very cool project on eHow with a good materials list. The photos are small, but she describes her process, so that's cool- and fashionable.

How to Make Purses From Soda Tabs

How to Make Purses From Soda Tabs

A 19-step "how to" to make your soda tab purse from eHow. This one includes notes for the liner as well so don't miss it.

Croche Flower Pot Holder

Crochet Flower Pot Holder

If you read porteguese, you're in luck with this one! I'm pretty sure they threw an instructional brochure onto a scanner. Pretty low-tech, but definitely gets the point across. And makes for a very nice croche project with pop-tops.


Watch recycled pull tabs make their journey from Brazil into the San Francisco Museum of Moderna Arts

How Pull Tab Bags are Made

How to Make a Pop-Top Bracelet

Bracelet in style of Kristen Stewart


Escama Studio - Cleo Necklace

How To Collect Pop Tops for Charity

E-how has a cool page with ideas about how to collect soda can pop-tops for charity. Thousands of these add up to valuable aluminum. Consider starting a campaign at your school or local non-profit to collect pop-tops and bring them to a recycling center to raise money.

Buy in Bulk!

Did You Know Soda Can Pop Tops (Pull Tabs, Pop Tabs, whatever!) are sold on eBay?