How to build your own rug weaving loom

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How to build your own rug weaving loom
Build your own frame-style weaving loom, and you can weave rugs without complicated and expensive equipment like this weaving loom. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Woven rugs can provide beauty and individual style to your home, but purchasing them at craft shows or home decor stores can be expensive. If you've always wanted to try weaving as an art form, build your own rug weaving loom and you can have decorative rugs all over your home for a low cost. Customise the look of your woven rugs to match your home decor, and make an eco-friendly craft by using leftover fabrics you have lying around the house.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Lumber, 1-inch-by-2-inch
  • Hammer and nails
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Screws
  • Drill

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  1. 1

    Cut four boards of scrap lumber or new lumber. Each board should be 1-by-2 in dimension; the length and width you cut your boards will determine the size of the rugs you can weave. For a standard size, cut two 4-foot lengths and two 3-foot lengths.

  2. 2

    Position your cut lumber on the floor or a large work area in a rectangle. Put the two 4-foot lengths parallel to one another and position the 3-foot lengths between them, at the top and the bottom.

  3. 3

    Nail the boards together at the corners. Two to four nails at each corner should give them a sturdy join. Nail the pieces so that the 3-foot boards slightly overlap the 4-foot boards at the top and bottom.

  4. 4

    Measure across the top of your loom, every 1 inch or so. Mark these points with a pencil. Repeat this step across the bottom of the loom, making sure that your bottom markings line up with the top markings.

  5. 5

    Use a drill to insert a screw into the wood at every pencil mark across the top and bottom. Let the screw heads stick out of the wood by 1/4 inch or so. These screws will hold your warp thread for your rug weaving loom.

Tips and warnings

  • Prop the loom up against a wall as you weave with it. Sit on the floor or in a chair to weave comfortably.
  • Use old T-shirts cut into strips to weave your rugs. This gives you an eco-friendly and colourful crafting medium to work with.
  • Warp your weaving loom by tying a thread to the top left screw, then passing it down around the bottom left screw and back up to the top, second in from the left. Continue back and forth, top to bottom, moving from left to right, until you have wrapped the entire warp.

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