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« Reply #2070 on: March 08, 2010 12:27:47 PM »

Almost a month ago now we had a really rough week were we lost three pets, and since Ive had some trouble getting back into the crafting mood...Aside from drawing and taking pictures Ive hardly done anything Embarrassed So I figured Id work on some of my WIP's only to find Im stuck on them...So Im hoping that someone here can help me out. One of my projects is a pop tab belt and I got the bulk of it done in one night awhile ago but now I cant figure out where to go from there

I need to figure out a way to make it a bit more sturdy since some parts get tangled or come off and now Im not sure how I should go about making it into a belt (if that makes sense). I even thought of going a hip scarf type route because I thought it could be easier but Im not sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated since Im so very stuck...
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« Reply #2071 on: March 08, 2010 12:34:21 PM »

You could either solder or glue the openings together, or you could weave some string in between the pieces to make them more sturdy. Fishing line might be invisible enough...
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« Reply #2072 on: March 08, 2010 12:35:47 PM »

I'm sorry to hear about your pets.

Your belt looks amazing so far! I've never done work with poptabs like that, but one think I can think of is running ribbon through the holes, to keep them more sturdy?
« Reply #2073 on: March 08, 2010 12:47:35 PM »

I think the same, I'd use some interesting ribbon to weave it through the first row of holes, giving the belt some structure and at the same time adding a way of closing it (with a knot or adding closures to the ribbon itself).  It could even be a silver p-leather strip!

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« Reply #2074 on: March 08, 2010 12:49:37 PM »

 Sorry about your pets too! I know how tragic that is, after losing a pet 2 yrs. ago.
 About the belt... I've never done anything like this, but I see it anchored to a backing.
The first thing that comes to mind is running some black leather lacing strips thru the holes, and you can even weave it along the pointed edges. Use a little model glue on the insides, under neath if you must. you can even sew it to a piece of leather or sturdy fabric backing.
  Take it to the next level, and put some glass beads in the centers of the tabs.
Who says it has to be JUST pop tabs? I think combining materials will make it more wearable, for longevity.
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« Reply #2075 on: March 08, 2010 12:51:43 PM »

Sorry to hear about your pets.

That's really neat looking!  I thought it was a necklace at first.  Maybe you could weave some colored (or plain) craft wire throught it, for stability and if you wanted some added pizzazz
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« Reply #2076 on: March 08, 2010 01:32:43 PM »

I'm sorry for your losses. Sad

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« Reply #2077 on: March 08, 2010 01:35:11 PM »

The belt is gorgeous!! What a great idea. I actually thought it was a necklace at first, but then I realized that they were coke tabs and not little rings. Would make a pretty necklace too if it were smaller. Probably cut up your neck though.

A list update since I have finished quite a few projects and started some new ones! Italics = in progress

1. Mom's birthday present custom teacher bag
2. A new everyday purse for me!!
3. The "Happy Puppy" quilt for quiltforkids.org
4. The knitted afghan with 117 squares - 22 down so far!
5. A coupon holder for my purse
6. A new quilt for our bed (started in 2009, lets finish it!)
7. A birthday present for Julie (Oct)
8. A new and improved knitting project bag (I learned from my mistakes on the last one)
9. A weekender travel bag/luggage
10. A change purse to hold the change in my purse!
11. A nice warm hat for my hubby - already have the yarn and needles, just need the skill
12. Fill up the nice wedding scrap book we received as a gift that is still empty (we've been married more than a year)
13. The Apples and Pears NICU quilt for quiltsforkids
14. Scrap quilt from the dh's great grandma's fabrics!
15. Baby quiltforkids.org quilt (no name yet) - pieced and ready for quilting
16. Kitty quilt for kids quilt (no name yet) - pieced and ready for quilting
17. Space Dreams quilt for kids quilt (no name yet) - pieced and ready for quilting
18. Claire313's crazy Sanibel bag
19. Ruth's crazy Sanibel bag - 90% done
20. Cloth Napkins for us
21. A pooh bear quilt from stash fabric for QFK
22. A new bag from the pattern I bought LAST YEAR  Shocked
23. Tool belts for the nephews
24. Use up the UT fabric remnant I bought

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« Reply #2078 on: March 08, 2010 01:41:58 PM »

The cross stitch elf is really cute. I gfound the pattern in the 10 cent pile at the thrift store, it is very "vintage" probably 60s or 70s. I will post pics when I have 10 projects done. I hope to complete this mini goal within the next week or two. Smiley

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« Reply #2079 on: March 08, 2010 04:53:39 PM »

I love that you think the 60's and 70's are vintage...it makes me feel very very old! ha ha just kidding...it is vintage! oh wow...

can't wait to see your elf!

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