Instructions for a Potholder Weaving Loom


A potholder weaving loom is a fantastic first tool for a child over the age of 5 who is interested in needlework. The loom is uncomplicated and inexpensive and can be found at fabric stores and craft shops. Stretchy loops of fabric are sold with the loom. By learning the basics of potholder weaving, a child or adult will be introduced to the art of weaving, which may inspire further interest in knitting, crocheting and sewing.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic potholder loom
  • 36 stretchy loops of fabric
  • Crochet hook size J

Prepare to Weave

  • Stretch 18 loops of fabric lengthwise between the plastic tabs of the potholder loom.

  • Attach one loop of fabric to the top left corner tab of the loom.

  • Weave the loop under and over the lengthwise loops with your fingers and attach the loop end to the bottom left corner tab. Repeat with all remaining loops, alternating the under and over weave on every added loop.

  • Hold the crochet hook in your right hand and hook the top right loop, pulling it off the loom tab. Repeat, removing the loop on the tab directly to the right.

  • Pull the first removed loop through the second loop with the crochet hook. Continue pulling loops off tabs and pulling them through adjoining loops with the crochet hook until the entire edge of the potholder has been bound.

  • Leave the final loop in place, which will be used when hanging the potholder on a hook.

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  • "Good Housekeeping New Complete Book of Needlecraft"; Vera P. Guild; 1971
  • "McCall's Golden Do-It Book"; Joan Wyckoff; 1967
  • Photo Credit George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images
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