How to Crochet with Pop-Tops
Over the past few years we have received numerous emails from crafters who want to know how to crochet with pull-tabs. This DIY Tutorial will teach you how to make a pull-tab flower. The flower can be made into a Christmas tree ornament, a brooch or incorporated into a bigger project.
- 6 pull-tabs
- Crochet thread (1 or 2 colors). We recommend a strong synthetic fiber that is resistant to abrasion
- Wire cutters
- No 3 crochet needle
Step 2: Prepare Your Pull-Tabs
Choose tabs that are in good condition. Wash them until they are clean and shiny. Use the wire cutters to remove any sharp edges.
Step 3: Start Crocheting
Begin crocheting the center of the flower using a single stitch to cover the ‘thin side’ of the tab (top figure) (the side that’s pulled when a can is opened). Repeat this step, joining all 6 pull-tabs in a line. (bottom figure).
Step 4: Connect the Circle
Pull the line of tabs into a circle and crochet them together (top figure). Fill in the middle space with single stitches until it forms the center of the flower (bottom figure). Cut the thread leaving a small tail. Burn the thread’s end with the lighter to prevent the thread from fraying.
Step 5: Add Color to the ‘Petals’
Cover the outer ring of the pull-tab using a double stitch with different colored thread. There are 22 double stitches per tab.
Step 6: Cover and Connect
Cover all tabs in this same manner, connecting each of the petals together.
Step 7: Finish the Flower
When the last tab is covered, join it to the first one with a single stitch. Finish it off by burning the end of the thread to prevent fraying. You’re done!
Some ideas for your finished flower:
- Sew or hot glue a pin on the back to create a brooch
- Attach a loop of thread to create a snowflake holiday ornament
- Crochet many flowers together to form a wall hanging or a scarf.