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Topic: Recycled Pop-Top Granny Square Vest, (for Earth Day)  (Read 17951 times)
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« on: April 19, 2008 07:59:55 AM »

Two years. That's how long it took to make this Recycled Pop Top Granny Square Vest.
(Click on the photos for enlargement).

It took 960 pop tabs to make. (Four tabs per granny square).
I used Omega nylon thread for extra strength, (it's heavy), and a steel thread crochet hook US 5 (1.7 mm).

Here's the whole front laid out so you can see it all at once.
I used a denim vest that fit me as a template. I would lay the finished pop top granny squares over it and know where to sew the squares together to create the vest.

After they were all together, I strung lots of beads onto the thread and crocheted a sort of fringe around the bottom and sides.

Once I had the "skeleton" of the vest made, I knew I would have to line it, (although I dreaded it because I really can't sew at all). But it needed the lining because of the roughness of the tabs and occasional snagging onto my shirt.

So, I folded over some black "marbled-looking" material and sewed to the inside of the vest.

This flower pin is made with one of the granny squares. Inside the center I put an old bottle top I had picked up many many years ago. It says "Recycle Smiles" on it. So that's why I have chosen some smiley buttons to put on it too.

I also have a surprise for you-all. I made a tutorial on making the Pop-Top Granny Squares so you can make them too. (Granny squares are so versatile and you can make whatever you want with them. Scarves, hats, purses, and, yes, vests!).

Here's a link to the free tutorial. It's super-image-heavy because I knew that a picture is worth a thousand words and it was the best way to explain how to make them). Hope your computers can handle all of them.


There's a few more pictures of the vest in my blog, (including me wearing it. My son also modeled it too). It's very shiny. The camera just doesn't pick up on the shininess of it all.
I'm not sure you could wear it going through an airport security scanner, LOL!!

Earth day this year is Tuesday, April 22nd. I might be brave enough to wear it around that day.

Have a great one!

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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2008 08:25:49 AM »

Oh my wow. TWO YEARS of work? This is the most unique vest I've ever seen. Great work.
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2008 08:45:22 AM »

Okay, this is seriously cool!  Really beautiful.  I have a million pop tabs already (its a Girl Scout Leader thing...).  Time to start crocheting.  Thanks so much for the tutorial. 
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2008 09:14:14 AM »

Damn, that's awesome.

Ring pulls would make an awesome bag, too.
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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2008 09:51:00 AM »

awesome.  awesome.  awesome!  i've been saving poptabs since christmas ( we go thru a TON of sodapop at my house)  to make a poptab purse. . . and this is awesome!!

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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2008 02:40:53 AM »

this is awesome!!!   thanks for the tut
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2008 07:57:58 AM »

WOW! That's quite a piece of work! I love it when people post things that aren't amigurumi, especially when they're this awesome.

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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2008 02:18:56 PM »

Wow!  That is amazing! 

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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2008 09:00:01 PM »

Wow, this is amazing! Shocked I'm lost for words!

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« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2008 12:19:18 PM »

This is SOO awesome! Thank you so much for the tute; my gramma saves pop tops...maybe I can weasel some out of her...Heh

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