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How to Make Potholder Loops

Updated on January 8, 2015

Make Your Own Potholder Loops

You've got one of those little metal potholder looms, and now you need to know how to make potholder loops. After all, the point of this fun craft is to make a great, useful product for next to nothing.

Make sure the socks or other clothes you're using have a little stretch to them so they start out a bit smaller than the loom so you can stretch them onto the loom pegs.

Making potholders on a loom is a fun craft for all ages:

- Little kids can help pick colors.

- Older kids can place the first set of loops on the loom.

- You or the even older children hanging around your house can weave the second row of loops through the first row. You or those teenagers can also finish off the edges of the potholders.

Make your own loops so you'll have plenty of loops on hand for when the potholder-making mood strikes!

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Use old socks or other clothing to make potholder loops.
Use old socks or other clothing to make potholder loops.

How to Make Potholder Loops

Things You'll Need

You don't need many supplies to make potholder loops. You'll need the following:

- old socks or infant clothing, like tiny pants, size 12 months or smaller

- sewing scissors

The next time you sort socks, don't throw the old holey ones in the rag bag or in the trash; make potholder loops out of them. Just be sure to wash them first!

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Scissors for Cutting Socks Into Potholder Loops

Fiskars 8 Inch Softgrip Scissors Straight, Stainless Steel (01-004761J)
Fiskars 8 Inch Softgrip Scissors Straight, Stainless Steel (01-004761J)

You'll need a good pair of sharp scissors to cut up those socks. That's it. Scissors.

 

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Nylon loops make smaller potholders.

These are fine for play kitchens

where hot pans are not used.

Nylon loop potholders are not recommended for hot pans in a real live kitchen because they can melt.

Cut the heel from the sock to keep the sock straight to make even loops.
Cut the heel from the sock to keep the sock straight to make even loops.

Start Making Potholder Loops

Off with the toes! Off with the heels! (of the socks, of course!)

To make potholder loops, cut off the toes of the socks. Just trim across the sock so you'll end up with an evenly sized sock (no pointy little toe portion needed!).

Next, cut loops from the bottom of the sock by using scissors to cut small (about 1/4-inch) loops. Stop when you get to the heel.

Cut off the heel of the sock as shown in this photo to get an evenly sized top of the sock.

Continue cutting loops till you get to the top of the sock. Ta da!

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

See the photos below for photos of the toe removal process along with other photos of loop making from socks.

How to Make Potholder Loops - Use Socks for Quick Easy Loops (click each image to enlarge it)

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Start with a pair of socks. Ones with big fat holes in the toe or heel are perfect! Oh, and make sure they're clean.Begin cutting strips from the top if you want.Keep cutting. Make them as even as possible though this is not really that important.When you come to it, cut off the heel. It's not necessary either.Cut off the toe of the sock so the loops will all be the same size. Use that toe portion to make a hat for a squirrel if you have a squirrel who needs a hat.Pile of loops from one pair of socks.This was plenty of loops for one potholder. I even had a few loops leftover.
Start with a pair of socks. Ones with big fat holes in the toe or heel are perfect! Oh, and make sure they're clean.
Start with a pair of socks. Ones with big fat holes in the toe or heel are perfect! Oh, and make sure they're clean.
Begin cutting strips from the top if you want.
Begin cutting strips from the top if you want.
Keep cutting. Make them as even as possible though this is not really that important.
Keep cutting. Make them as even as possible though this is not really that important.
When you come to it, cut off the heel. It's not necessary either.
When you come to it, cut off the heel. It's not necessary either.
Cut off the toe of the sock so the loops will all be the same size. Use that toe portion to make a hat for a squirrel if you have a squirrel who needs a hat.
Cut off the toe of the sock so the loops will all be the same size. Use that toe portion to make a hat for a squirrel if you have a squirrel who needs a hat.
Pile of loops from one pair of socks.
Pile of loops from one pair of socks.
This was plenty of loops for one potholder. I even had a few loops leftover.
This was plenty of loops for one potholder. I even had a few loops leftover.
A wonky potholder made from a pair of socks.
A wonky potholder made from a pair of socks.

Potholder? Socks? You decide.

This is the potholder I made from the pair of socks I chopped up. It is a bit wonky and misshapen, but that's okay.

I think the culprit of the goofy shape is the tops of the socks. The top parts, the cuffs, were a little more stretchy than the socks themselves. Oh well.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Potholder Looms - So your loops don't get lonely

Use the same kind of loops

(either all nylon or all cotton)

to make a potholder.

The stretch will be consistent in the loops,

and this will make a square potholder.

(See my wonky example up yonder

if you don't believe me.)

Cotton and wool loops make larger potholders.

Cotton and wool loop potholders

are sturdy and hold up well to kitchen use.

More Ways to Make Potholder Loops - and more ways to make potholders

When you've hacked up all of your family's socks, you need to know how to make potholder loops out of, say t-shirts. Here you go!

Potholders for sale on Etsy.
Potholders for sale on Etsy.

Potholders for Sale

A great comment from a reader and potholders for sale

In the poll above, I received this great comment in my email inbox. It isn't showing up here so I just had to share it!

- The summer I was 9, I made a whole bunch of these potholders. Went around the neighborhood selling them 10 cents each OR 3 for 25 cents. I made enough money to buy myself a pair of roller skates. :)

I'd call that quite a deal for the customers of those potholders.

Did you make potholders as a child? - Do you still?

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      littleolady 2 years ago

      I made plenty of these as a Kid. I to would make a bunch & go sell them 10 cense each. I would only make it to one house and she'd buy them all every time. If I didn't stop at her house first she was upset with me. Better have some made for Xmas also. We thought it was humors, she was a sweetie. I wonder a lot of times what happened to her. But yes they are GOOD memories......

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      gottaloveit2 3 years ago

      Interesting idea - another Crafty Peggy special.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We use to make these in school...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I sure did make potholders as a child but I didn't cut any heels or toes of back then....very inventive! :)

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      kathryn-gillespie 5 years ago

      Oh yes, my brothers and sisters and I all made them! Good times!

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Very cool lens. I've never done this before but my fiancé said he has. Seems fun. Thanks for sharing

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      cool!

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Yes! And I also looped yarn ontot he loom with the intention of making squares for an afghan. Sadly, I lacked the tenacity to get more than a few squares done.

      This lens is a fun trip down memory lane!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      YES YES YES. I wanted to make a potholder quilt when I was 13. However I needed a new softball glove my parents wouldn't pay for. So I went door to door selling off my potholders. I got the glove and used it well through college varsity softball. A great investment born from a fun craft.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      No, never heard of this in Australia. Great info and I was wondering what to do with those old socks but must get the loom. *Blessed* and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012 Hugs.

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      Oh my gosh! Potholder looms, and those bags of loops... I made about a billion of these when I was a kid, and I can't tell you how long it's been since I've thought about them. This is so great! I'm a fabric horder (including socks and just about every other kind of old clothes)... what a great way to use them! Thank you for sharing!

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Fun lens that brought back lots of memories. I have a few potholders my niece made for me. They are my favorite potholders. I never could interest my daughter in making me even one. She made one for her Grandmother and that was it. Guess it just wasn't her thing.

      I will be linking to this lens from my Uses for Odd Socks lens! This is a great idea as a way to use those odd socks we all have lying around!

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      Susan300 5 years ago

      I remember making these!! So much fun. Never thought of using socks though. great idea! :)

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      ngio64 5 years ago

      What a great idea!

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      Right after we reloaded the rifles we made potholders. It was an easy way to get all the gunpowder off our hands.

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      Loretta 5 years ago from United States

      Oh, smart! I never even thought about making loops. I bet they're better than the weird ones in the big bag from the craft store too.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love seeing crafting - well done

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I still have a metal loom for making these. ha :) This craft was one I shared with my own kids when they were young. Loved the memories!

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      seedplanter 6 years ago

      You mean after all those years of having to buy potholder loops, I could have made them from old socks? What an ingenious way to recycle castoff socks. Gotta use this one with my granddaughter! *Great* lens!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      I really like this "green" idea for making your own loops! I never would have thought to use socks. Really great idea! Angel Blessed and featured on Squid Angel Mouse Tracks in Crafts

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      anilsaini 6 years ago

      nice lens

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      This is bringing back some vague memories. Maybe we had a loom like that. I know we tried to reuse/recycle everything. Good instructions.