Turns out this is very easy and makes a really great looking piece of maille, and as an added bonus you don't have to worry about having a quarter mile of wire on hand to attach them together.
Step 1: Assemble your supplies
Non-mangled pop tabs (however many you need, 1000 is a good start)
Step 2: Prepare the tabs
Step 3: Cut
Cut them in the very middle of the pull part of the tab, or for a stronger connection, on the rivet side, either way just be consistent.
Step 4: Bend
Step 5: Repeat
One note: If you are using cutters, you can bend the tabs first, if you are using scissors you have to cut them first.