Here is a great photo tutorial on how to make a "fabric" with pop tabs and chain stitch in crochet. It's fairly easy to do.
I used this tecnique when I make the Pop Tab Envelope Purse. As you can see from the photo the purse needed to be linned but you can still see clearly the pop tab "fabric".
I also used it to make part of this Pop Tab Monkey.
It would be great to use in other totes and purse styles as well as maybe in a vest or scarf.
As soon as I get the video posted for the tutorial I'll let you know!