Simple Loom Weaving Instructions

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Simple Loom Weaving Instructions
Weave yarn into drink coasters with a simple loom. (Ball of yarn image by kellykramer from

Transform a sturdy piece of cardboard into a loom for an uncomplicated weaving project, such as a set of drink coasters. The small loom replicates the warp and weft principles used with larger looms. This is an appropriate weaving project for someone new to the craft or for a middle-school-aged child. A set of hand-woven drink coasters could make a heartfelt holiday gift for a teacher or grandparent.

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Things you need

  • 1 skein cotton or wool worsted-weight yarn
  • Small corrugated cardboard box
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Cut a piece of cardboard from the box to measure 5 inches square.

  2. 2

    Cut a series of 1/2-inch-long notches in all four sides of the cardboard loom, spaced every 1/2 inch, using the scissors.

  3. 3

    Thread one edge of the yarn skein through the loom's first top edge left notch, leaving a 3-inch tail at the back of the loom.

  4. 4

    Stretch the yarn to the loom's lower left bottom edge notch. Thread the yarn through the bottom edge notch and wrap the yarn around the loom's back, returning to the top edge.

  5. 5

    Thread the yarn through the second upper left notch, stretch it to the bottom and wrap the yarn around the loom. Repeat until the yarn has been threaded through all notches to create the weaving warp threads. Cut the yarn, leaving a 3-inch tail.

  6. 6

    Cut a piece of cardboard to measure 1 inch by 3 inches. Wrap several hundred feet of yarn around the cardboard.

  7. 7

    Thread the end of the cardboard-wrapped yarn into the notch on the top of the loom's left side edge, leaving a 3-inch tail, to begin weave the horizontal weft threads.

  8. 8

    Thread the yarn under and over each warp thread. Move the cardboard-wrapped piece through the warp threads, unwrapping the yarn on it as you go. Pull the yarn tight to the top right-side notch of the loom to create the first weft thread.

  9. 9

    Bring the yarn across the back of the cardboard. Thread the yarn through the second left side notch and move the yarn over and under each warp thread.

  10. 10

    Continue to weave the weft threads over and under each warp thread, moving under and over the threads of the previous row, and wrapping the thread around the back of the loom.

  11. 11

    Cut the final yarn end to leave a 3-inch tail.

  12. 12

    Slide the scissors through the centre warp threads on the back of the loom and cut the threads. Repeat for the weft threads on the back of the loom.

  13. 13

    Trim all threads with the scissors for a 1-inch fringe on each edge of the completed drink coaster.

  14. 14

    Repeat all weaving steps three times to create a set of four coasters.

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