How to Use a Cardboard Loom for a Scarf

Updated July 20, 2017

Weave your own scarf to accent your favourite jacket or to keep you warm during cold winter months. Using an old piece of cardboard, you can easily make a weaving loom. Make these scarves for your kids, as gifts or all for yourself.

Decide how big you want the scarf to be and cut the cardboard 1 inch longer and 1 inch wider than you want the scarf to turn out. For example, if you're making a scarf that's 56 inches long and 6 inches wide, make your loom 57 inches long and 7 inches wide.

Alternatively, using the dimensions above, make your loom 7 inches wide and 9 inches long. Make several pieces of the scarf on this loom and sew them all together with your yarn needle when you're finished.

Measure and mark every 1/4 of an inch on the short ends of your loom. Make small cuts on the measurements. The cuts should be about 1/4 of an inch deep.

Thread your loom. Leaving the yarn on the skein, place the end of the yarn in the first notch at the top of the loom. Leave about 3 inches of yarn on the end and tape that down to the back of your loom. Pull the yarn downward and slip it through the first notch on the bottom of the loom. Stretch the yarn around the back of loom and through the second notch on the bottom. Draw the yarn upward and place it in the second notch on the top. Move the yarn around the back and slip it through the third notch. Drag it down to the third notch on the bottom of the loom.

Continue this process until every notch is filled with yarn. The yarn should be strung tight, but it should not bend the cardboard. When you're finished, leave about 3 inches on the end of the yarn, cut it and tape the end to the back of the loom. The vertical lines you just strung are called warp yarn.

Cut a piece of yarn about 5 feet long and thread it through your yarn needle. Weave your needle under the first string of warp yarn, over the second string, under the third and so on, leaving a 3-inch tail at the end of the yarn. Tape the tail to the back of the loom. When you get to the end of the warp threads, turn your needle around and weave the opposite direction. If your last string went over the warp yarn, start by going under. Continue doing this until you run out of yarn or want to use another colour. Be sure not to run out before finishing a row and make sure you have at least a 3-inch tail on the end. Tape the end to the back of the loom and repeat these steps with a new piece of yarn until your scarf is long enough.

Be sure not to pull the yarn too tight or it will cause your weaving to lose its shape. Remember to keep pushing your weaving upward. A hair pick or a fork works great for this.

Take the tape off the ends of the yarn and thread them one at a time onto your needle. Sew each end into the edge of your weaving and cut the excess yarn close to the scarf.

Remove the loops from the top end of your loom. Cut each loop and tie the ends together in double knots. If the ends are too short, pull on the loop before you cut it to make the strings longer. Repeat this with the bottom end of the loom.

Things You'll Need

  • Thick cardboard
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Yarn needle
  • Pen or pencil
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