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Do you want to give weaving a try, but don’t want to spend a lot of money on a fancy loom. You can make your own pocket loom out of mat board. Weaving on a pocket loom is a fun and easy way to use up left over scrap yarn. This loom makes a small bag that is the perfect size for a gift card!
- Mat Board – I used one that was white on one side, and black on the other
- Straight Edge-I like to use a T-Square
- Exacto Knife
- Self-healing Mat or Stack of Newspaper
- Tapestry Needle
Mark your mat board. We are going to cut a 3 by 6 inch rectangle. You can use a mat cutter if you have one. If you do not have a mat cutter, then you can use a straight edge and an Exacto knife.
Use a self-healing mat to protect your table. Use your straight edge to maintain a straight line. Lightly score the mat board. Gently fold to help break apart the board. Mark the mat board board ¼ inch marks. Use Scissors to cut slits into the mat board both on the top and on the bottom.
Warping the Loom for the Bag
The warp is the vertical strands of yarn that you will be using to weave on. Putting these treads onto a loom is referred to as warping the loom. This bag is made by using both sides of the loom. You will be weaving around both sides of the loom to create a bag. One side of my loom has black background and the other has a white background. I chose to use crochet cotton for the warp.
Warp the loom by wrapping your yarn around the mat board using the slits to hold the yarn in place. You will want to have an even number on one side and an odd number on the other. This is very important if you want to weave on both sides to get a bag you do not have to sew a seam on. In the picture below Do you see how there are tow strands on the end. If you need to then you can treat one of the town on that are in the same slot as one strand of yarn so that you have an even number to weave on one side and an odd number on the other.
The weft is the part of weaving that is horizontal to the warp. I chose to use some of my corespun art yarn for the weft. If you are interested in starting to spin your own yarn, then check out my post about how to start spinning your own yarn without spending a fortune here. I used a tapestry needle to weave the yarn. You want to alternate over and under each warp thread. When you get to the end of the first side, turn your loom over and start the other side. Make sure that you are continuing the over, under, over, under, sequence on the next side.
Finishing with a hem stitch keeps your weaving from unraveling. There is an amazing tutorial on how to do a hem stitch by Purl Soho here.
I hope you will enjoy making and weaving on your own pocket loom. Thank you for reading. Please share on social media to help The Yarn Bucket grow!