How to make a pop-tab change purse

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How to make a pop-tab change purse
Help the environment while making a new fashion accessory. (Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

You can teach children the fun that can come from recycling and the new things they can create by introducing them to a pop-tab change purse project. This change purse is easy to make and you may end up wanting to make one for yourself. Make the purse as large or as small as you would like and you can cover the entire purse with pop tabs or make a symbol or pattern from the pop tabs for a customised money holder.

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Things you need

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Zipper, 5 inches long
  • Pop tabs
  • Bright-coloured thread

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  1. 1

    Cut a 4-inch by 5-inch rectangle from your choice of fabric and use the rectangle as a template to make a second identical rectangle. You can use any fabric for the project, from an old pair of jeans to new cotton or canvas fabric.

  2. 2

    Place one of the rectangles on top of the other with the good sides of the rectangles facing inward. Pin the edges together.

  3. 3

    Sew one 5-inch side together using a straight stitch as close to the edge as possible. Sew both of the 4-inch sides together in the same way.

  4. 4

    Turn the fabric right side out.

  5. 5

    Fold over a quarter-inch of fabric on each side of the purse's opening. Sew the fold in place to make a smooth edge for the top of the change purse.

  6. 6

    Open the zipper and pin each side of the zipper to each side of the opening in the top of the purse. Make sure the zipper pull is facing away from the purse. Sew each side of the zipper to the purse sides. Remove the sewing pins.

  7. 7

    Lay the change purse flat and arrange the pop tabs on top of the purse in any pattern you would like. Remove the tabs and set them nearby in the same order as your pattern.

  8. 8

    Sew the pop tabs in place, one at a time according to your design. Use bright-coloured threads and sew each side of the pop tab to the purse, changing the colour of thread after every couple of tabs. For a sequinned look, you can begin sewing the last row onto the purse first and overlapping the next row up as you add tabs.

  9. 9

    Turn the purse over and arrange pop tabs in the pattern of your choice. Remove the tabs and set them aside in pattern order. Sew them to the purse in the same manner as on the other side of the purse.

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