How To Use Loop and Loom Weaving For Different Craft Projects

Remember back when you were little, making those cool potholders out of loops and that plastic weaving board thingy? Well, I recently bought them for my kids and they love them as much as I remember I did. So we set out to find new things to make with it. We found out how to finger loop chains and from there made our own little creations. Below are a bunch of different things we made and some ideas of other things to make with a loop and hook set.

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Using the Loom and Hook to make a potholderThe first step to sealing the edges of a potholder, grab the end of a loop and pull it off the loom making sure to hold on to the loopSlip the next loop behind and through the loop you are holdingPull that loop you pulled through so the one you started with is now wrapped around the lower part of the loop you are holding and repeat with the next loop all the way around.One of our many finished potholders
Using the Loom and Hook to make a potholder
Using the Loom and Hook to make a potholder | Source
The first step to sealing the edges of a potholder, grab the end of a loop and pull it off the loom making sure to hold on to the loop
The first step to sealing the edges of a potholder, grab the end of a loop and pull it off the loom making sure to hold on to the loop | Source
Slip the next loop behind and through the loop you are holding
Slip the next loop behind and through the loop you are holding | Source
Pull that loop you pulled through so the one you started with is now wrapped around the lower part of the loop you are holding and repeat with the next loop all the way around.
Pull that loop you pulled through so the one you started with is now wrapped around the lower part of the loop you are holding and repeat with the next loop all the way around. | Source
One of our many finished potholders
One of our many finished potholders | Source

To make a potholder

Take your loops and decide what color pattern you want to use. You don't have to use a pattern at all if you don't want to. Stretch loops from the left side to the right side of the Loom. Fill all the pegs. Then stretch one loop from the top left peg to the bottom left peg cross weaving under and over each loop that was placed from left to right.

From the next top left peg, stretch another loop over and under the left to right loops so it is opposite of the first one you did. Repeat alternate these two steps until the entire frame is full.

To seal the edges by beginning at the corner and inserting the loop next to it through the hole. Continue around the entire loom. The last loop is usable for hanging the finished potholder.

POTHOLDER USE IS LIMITED TO PLASTIC HANDLE COOKWARE AND AS A MAT FRO TRAYS, DISHES AND MUGS. DO NOT USE FINISHED POTHOLDER NEAR FLAME OR ALLOW CONTACT WITH HOT COOKWARE (INCLUDING METAL HANDLES).

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Finger loopingThe back side of the hand doing finger looping
Finger looping
Finger looping | Source
The back side of the hand doing finger looping
The back side of the hand doing finger looping | Source

How to finger loop

For a finger looping braid you take your loops and decide what color pattern you want to use. You do not have to choose a pattern if you don't want to. With your palm facing you, take a loop and form a zig-zag from one finger to another using three, four or five fingers.

With another loop, repeat the same zig-zag step.

From the palm side, lift the lower loop out and over the loop above. I always do the loop all the way over the finger and worry about tying the ends when I am completely done with the size of braid I want.

When you have the size of braid you want you just slide the ends off your fingers and tie them in a knot. If I am doing a headband I add another loop to both ends connecting the braid to make it a circle.

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A Finger Loop Headband

Finger loop headbands are super cute. My youngest daughter loves to wear headbands and since she keeps breaking them I think these will be a great addition to the ones she has left. You can use a pattern, all the same color, or just mix them all up for a real funky one. They are super easy to do too. To make a finger loop headband follow these steps:

  1. Make a finger loop braid to about 3/4 the size of your head. I did a whole braid for one of my daughters and a 3/4 one for the other and I like the way the 3/4 one turned out best.
  2. When you are done with the length of braid you need, use a single loop to tie the two ends of the braid together. This helps with the stretching it to put it on and take it off. It also makes the bottom of the headband not so thick so it doesn't puff the hair out too bad.
  3. To add a rose to the headband, just make a small braid and roll it into a flat circle. I used hot glue to secure the ends together and attach it to the headband.

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A Knoted Belt

This is a project for when you don't want to weave! It features oodles of colorful cotton loops, knotted in the center and joined with jump rings (that are available in any jewelry department). This belt isn't made to hold up pants, it's mearly for show. To make follow these simple steps:

  1. Take two loops and put them end to end with one overlapping the other just a bit.
  2. Pull one loop through the other and back through itself (like the 2nd picture).
  3. Pull tight
  4. Make a chain of these loops that will fit almost all the way around your waist.
  5. Set the chain aside and do 4 sets of two loops.
  6. Attach those loops to the chain using the jump rings.
  7. Cut the ends of the 4 sets you made and tie each one separately (or you can add more jump rings and some charms to the ends of the belt.


Some other crafts you can make with loops are:

  • Scarves (which you can add flowers too just like the headbands)
  • Purses (make two potholders and hold together with more loops then make a flip top and add a button to hold closed. Use a finger looped chain for the handle)
  • Necklaces (with our without beads)
  • Jump Rope (just a very long finger looped chain)
  • Rug (use 24 basic woven squares and attach to make a rug, add fringe on the ends with more loops)

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great ideas CassyLu. I forgot all about making these as school projects. I sure could use some pot holders too. Awesome!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

tammyswallow - I'm glad you remember these :) It's such a fun, cheep and easy thing to do! Thanks for the comment


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Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

Wow, finally something to make with those things besides potholders!

Great job and voted up!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Ann1Az2 - And it is so easy to do :) Thanks for the votes and the comment!!!


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Riverfish24 4 years ago from United States

Great detailing in writing this hub CassyLu. Nice work.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Riverfish24 - Thanks :) It's hard to come up with enough words but was definitely fun doing this hub!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Cassy, the headband is adorable and I would even like to wear one of these.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

teaches12345 - If you send me your address I'll have my kids make you one :)


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

I love the finger weaving - I'll have to show my boys how to do this. It would be a good activity to keep them busy on a rainy or snowy day!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

leahlefler - and you can even buy packs of just one color in case they don't like the girly colors. I hope they enjoy it :) Thanks for the comment!


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Sharkye11 4 years ago from Oklahoma

Great ideas for refreshing an old craft! I love the headband and rug idea. I remember reading somewhere about making your own loops from tee shirts or sweat shirt material. Thanks for sharing!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Sharkye11 - Yup, you can make your own loops with those. I know we used to use the sleeves of old sweat shirts. They turned into huge loops though. Thanks for stopping by and the comment :)

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