Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Mom Needs a New Pair of Shoes!

Well, just like the title reads, my mom was complaining about not having comfy shoes to go with her outfit. So, I said, "Why not make some!" Out of can tabs, of course! One day later, here one is:

mom's shoe top

shoe side

mom's oufit with shoe

mom's can tab shoe right

Strange style for her outfit, I know, but they definitely fit her personality. :) She says they are comfortable, but we will have to field test that at TRF before a true judgement can be made. We need a louder bell, jewel, or charm for the toe.


As requested, here is a pattern for making a shoe like the one above. This is a simplified version. The original has a left and right side, but I altered it so it would be easier.

can tab shoe pattern
To join the two pieces, I tied the ends of the top and bottom toe point together. Then pulled a separate strips of fabric/cord between the two layers on each side of the shoe starting at the top most point. Pull the ends out of the first holes on either side of the top point. Then, start weaving into the next hole of the top layer down thru the bottom layer and then move over a hole on the bottom layer and up thru the same top hole. Then move over to the next top hole going down to the next hole in the bottom layer. Keep repeating this until you reach the last hole of the top layer. Be sure to alway go to a new hole on bottom and the same hole on top to get the curled toe.

When the toe is finished, continue around the shoe to soften the edge and make the opeing smaller. Next, with a new strip start joining the side to the bottom 'til you reach the back. I ran a strip of vertical tabs up the back to hold the two sides together. The last tab should stick up in the back where you could add a lace to tie them around your ankle.

I highly recommend lining the inside with soft fabric for extra cushion.

The illustration below shows how to create the staggered weave pattern needed to make the shoe.:
staggered can tab pattern


  1. I hopped over here from your post on craftster and just wanted to say WOW! Your mother and you and the little girl look absolutely beautiful in your creations! I have seen many things made with pop tabs (in fact my uncle just bought my auntie a purse made from them when he was in Brasil, and they were all fascinated with it...I will have to show them your pics!!), but none so classy as these. Great work, I am really impressed!! ^_^

  2. I am looking for instructions for a clutch purse crocheted using can tabs. Do you have one, or can you tell me where to look? If so, please email me. I am really not a blogger--just stumbled in here on my search!

  3. mariposa37, I sent you an email regarding the purse pattern. I don't crochet, but would be happy to whip up a pattern for a purse using the weaving pattern I use.

  4. I happened across a crocheted purse tutorial. Not a clutch, but might get you started. Got to:

  5. Wow! What cool looking stuff! I'm really impressed!

  6. I'm seriously impressed with your skill at turning tabs into something wonderful, they all look amazing. Your mother kinda reminds me of a pearly queen, she looks so good in ur design.
    Wonderful work!

  7. Fiona McCrae, I'd never heard the term "Pearly Queen" before. I looked it up. Very interesting. Love some of those costumes.

    I have now bestowed upon my mother the title "Her Majesty, the Canny Queen of Texas". Guess that makes me a princess, now. Yay! :D

  8. Wow it takes a special woman to make clothing made out of can tops look so classy. She honestly does look lovely in her out fit.
    Keep up the wonderful work, you have been such an inspriation to me today !!

    Much peace

  9. I love the outfit. I'm incredibly sorry I missed seeing the shoe debut at TRF! That would definitely be the place to unveil them!

  10. What a unique idea!! Wow! I never thought can tabs could be so versatile.

  11. Beautiful things! I am TOTALLY addicted to tabs! I crochet with them...You are welcome to visit my pages: and (with links to even more).

  12. this is fantastic! if you want visit my new page, just started it, dedicated to mostly pop tab crochet:

  13. Totally awesome!!
    And,to think,I was happy with just a bracelet.
    Your designs are incredible.
    Thanks so much for your hard work.

  14. Very, very classy. Superb work. Truly, making pop-tabs look that stunning.. who knew? Well, apparently you did! Great tutorial, as well.

    Laura Pereyra

  16. ¡Muchos gracias, Laura! Pardon me, comprendo solomente un pocito EspaƱol.

    Thanks, Laura! Sorry, I speak only a little Spanish.


  17. copycat copycat!! where do this works date from?

  18. Anon, let me first ask that you find out your facts before accusing people of copying. But, to answer your questions, I started making "tabistry" back in 2007. My can tab shoes actually date back to June/July 2008 as posted. You might easily find others making similar shoes since then because I posted the pattern for others to try.

    I assure you that none of my work is copied. It is all original. Being an artist, I fully respect others creativity and hard work. And, whenever possible, I even go as far as to site my inspiration sources.

    I would love to see any project that you claim I may have copied. If you find someone selling knock-offs of my work or the work of other tabistry artists without credit given, feel free to send me links to investigate. My email is in my profile.