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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Tabmaile Tutorial

I've decided that I'd like to provide a detailed tutorial for those who wish to learn the basic tabmaile weave. If you've made European 4 in 1 before, the process is nearly identical. If you're completely new to chainmaile, it's a very simple pattern that you should be able to pick up fairly easily.

First up, materials and tools:
To make the weave, you'll need a bunch of soda tabs (surprise!) and 5/16" Jumprings. I recommend using 16ga stainless steel rings. The only tools you will need are two pairs of pliers.

The first step is to open one of your rings like the picture above.

Next, loop it through the bottom holes of two tabs like so.

Then take the ends of that ring and thread the top holes of two other tabs onto them.

You can now close the first ring and add a second. After adding the second ring, place the right-hand side of the ring through the bottom hole of a new tab.

Then thread the top hole of another tab onto the same side of the open ring. You can continue this pattern to the right (or left) as long as you wish to create your first row.

For the purposes of this tutorial we'll limit the row width to three tabs. To start the second row, loop a ring through the bottom hole of the two lower leftmost tabs.

Close the ring and loop another through (just like when we made the first row :) )

And now, add the final tab and close the last ring. You now have a 3 by 3 patch of tabmaile! Like standard European 4 in 1... each ring passes through 4 tabs and each tab has 4 rings attached to it (when a tab/ring is located away from the edge of the sheet). Now it's time to start collecting silly amounts of soda tabs and create all sorts of fun stuff with them.

Feel free to leave a comment with a link to something that you make! I always like to see how others use similar techniques to create different items.


  1. Thanks for the tutorial. I have crazy amounts of tabs stockpiled along with some rings left over from another project.

  2. Glad to help! I wish you luck with any tabmaile projects you take on :)