How to Make a Pocket Loom for Weaving

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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!

Supplies:

  • Mat Board – I used one that was white on one side, and black on the other
  • Scissors
  • Straight Edge-I like to use a T-Square
  • Exacto Knife
  • Self-healing Mat or Stack of Newspaper
  • Pencil
  • Yarn
  • 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.

Matboard Loom

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.

Pocket Loom
Cut slits into the top and bottom of the mat board

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.

How to Warp a Pocket Loom
Wrap the yarn around the loom so that you have yarn on both sides.
Wrap the yarn around both sides of the loom.

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.

Warped Loom

The Weft

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.

The Weft
I used corespun art yarn for the weft.
Weaving using a tapestry needle
Use a tapestry needle for the weft.
Use your fingers to press the weft down.
Art Yarn/Pocket Loom
Continue weaving until you have almost filled up the loom.
Weaving in ends.
Weave in ends.
Finishing with a hem stitch.

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.

When you complete the hem stitch then cut the strands off of the loom.
Slide the bag off of the loom.
Fold a little bit of the weaving down to sew a hem.
Gift Card Woven Bag DIY
You can add a draw string ribbon if you like.

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!

Happy Weaving!

 

 

Works in Progress

I have so many works in progress-WIPs for short. Usually, I have at least 5, currently I have 8. This is not counting the projects that have been long forgotten.  I am talking about the ones that have been stashed in a yarn bag or a box for at least a year. Ravelry uses the term “hibernating” for such projects.  These are projects that I consider active projects.  I will probably write a WIP post once a month.

Knitting

I always have multiple knitting projects going on. Knitting is portable, and it’s easy to keep everything you need for a project in a “go” bag.  I don’t like to leave the house without a knitting project, because you never know when you can work a few rows into your day.

Architexture Scarf Knitting Kit by Jennifer Weissman
  1. Long Term Project – I always have one project that takes forever, like a sweater or a shawl. Currently I am knitting Architexture by Jennifer Weissman: from Craftsy for a wonderful kindred spirit. I love this pattern. It’s done in Cloudborn Highland Fingering yarn.  This yarn is absolutely gorgeous, and super tiny (so it’s gonna take a while).  Unfortunately, the kit is no longer available*(UPDATE: The kit is available again!), but you can get the pattern from Ravelry and the yarn from Craftsy. I actually have to pay attention to follow this pattern, and I take breaks by working on some instant gratification projects.

    Cloche Hat
    Lucy Hat by Carina Spencer
  2. Instant Gratification Project – Sometimes you just want to finish a project. I like a quick knit because it makes me feel like I have accomplished something. Currently I am working on Carina Spencer’s Lucy hat. This pattern is adorable, and it knits up quickly. I love the woven band, and the retro cloche flap. I am using Lion Brand Wool Ease in Cranberry and Oxford Grey.

    Susie Rogers
    Susie Rogers’ Reading Mitts
  3. Fingerless Mitts – I blame the blog for this one!  I needed a photo for my post 10 Websites for Knitting and Crochet Patterns.   This is one of my favorite free patterns-Susie Rogers’ Reading Mitts.  It is a delightful knit!  I love the edging!  I wanted it to match the Lucy hat so I am knitting the mitts in the Cranberry Lion Brand Wool Ease.
  4. Socks – There are numerous socks scattered about the house in various stages of completion.  I’m  always sneaking in a few rows while I am doing housework. I hardly ever finish a pair and have diagnosed myself with SSS – Single Sock Syndrome. I’m always starting new socks, because I like to see how the pattern knits up.
  5. Baby Gifts – Occasionally, I have to stop what I am doing and knit a baby gift.  Like just now while working on this post I realized that I need to knit a baby gift before November.  I have included it in this in this list even though I haven’t started it yet.  Digging out the yarn is going to count as “in progress” for this one.

Weaving

Weaving
Pink Shawl-Lionbrand Shawl in a Ball on a Kromski Harp

6. Pink Shawl – I always like to have a weaving project going on. Currently I have a pink shawl on my Kromski Harp. The yarn is Lion Brand’s Shawl in a Ball.

Spinning

I currently have two spinning projects.  I usually like to have one traditional type of yarn and one art yarn.

Spinning Yarn
Purple Romney Wool

7. Purple Romney Wool – This Romney wool in a beautiful purple is from Catoctin Creek Farm. I am spinning it, and then plying it.  I am spinning it on a Baynes Colonial spinning wheel, and plying it on a Spinolution Pollywog.

BFL Wool
Blue Faced Leicester Thick and Thin Spun Thread Plied

8. Thick and Thin Thread Plied Yarn – I am planning on dyeing this.  I haven’t decided on which method I will be using yet. I am spinning this on a Spinolution Pollywog.  This Blue Faced Leicester wool came from Little Barn.  They have fabulous prices for unspun wool.

Projects-Knitting Weaving Spinning