How to weave with strips of fabric

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How to weave with strips of fabric
Turn fabric scraps into something new with pin weaving. (fabric image by Leonid Nyshko from

Turn your fabric scraps into a new piece of fabric by weaving strips together. This is sometimes called pin weaving and can be done with or without a loom. Make a new table runner, place mats or potholders with leftover scraps from previous projects.

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Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Cardboard or foam
  • Pins
  • Fabric glue, sewing machine or needle and thread

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  1. 1

    Gather fabric scraps and decide on the shape for the project. A table runner is going to require long strips of fabric. Use shorter pieces for potholders and place mats.

  2. 2

    Cut fabric into strips of equal width, for example, 1-inch strips.

  3. 3

    Cut fabric strips into uniform lengths depending on the project. A place mat, for example, would have strips that are 18 to 20 inches long and others that are 12 to 15 inches long.

  4. 4

    Create a loom with a piece of cardboard or foam. Cut the cardboard or foam to allow an extra inch on each end of your fabric project.

  5. 5

    Lay the strips down, each parallel to the last. Secure the ends with pins pushed in at an angle. Be sure the strips are taut. Set the strips close together for a tighter weave. More space between the strips will create a loose, lacy weave.

  6. 6

    Lay strips in the opposite direction. Secure one end with a push pin and weave the fabric through the pinned strips with a basic basket weave, laying it over one strip, under the next, continuing to alternate.

  7. 7

    Secure the end of the first wove strip with a pin. Repeat with the rest of the fabric strips, alternating how you start each weave. If the last weave started over the first strip, start the next one under the first strip.

  8. 8

    Remove pins when weave is completed. Secure all edges to keep the project from unravelling by stitching the edges and corners with a sewing machine or by hand. You can also apply fabric glue around the edges and corners and fold them under to give a more finished look and secure the weave.

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