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Hairpin lace is really fun to learn once you have mastered basic crochet. There are many patterns out there, but very few looms are available online. Also, many DIY versions are heavy and awkward or limited in width. I have created my own DIY heirloom lace loom spending LESS THAN $5!!! My version is fairly wide and very versatile and it took me 30 minutes to create!

What you will need:

- 1 pair of knitting needles, on the thinner side (I used size 6)
- 1 pair of XL size flip-flops, the cheap foam kind
- utility knife, marker, ruler, piece of scrap paper, straight pin, scissors

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Remove the thong piece from the flip-flops. They should pull right out of the holes with a little tugging.

If you are having trouble, pull the button part up out of the sole and carefully cut the button end off with your utility knife, repeat for each button.
 
This is brilliant! I'm going to make 1 very soon, just what I needed :)
Thanks so much; this is ingenious!! I just spent an obscene amount on yarn for a project, but the cheap loom I have doesn't adjust enough for what I need and this is going to be perfect!!!!!
loradavis3 years ago
love it ! best I've seen .your my hero .lol
egarcia174 years ago
Excellent tip. Thanks! I´ll go tomorrow to get the materials. Edith
imsewsure4 years ago
I think this is a great idea and a great jumping off point for other ideas. I am constantly buying new flip flops through Old Navy and end up keeping the old ones because they are perfectly fine, unbroken shoes. Unfortunately I haven't found a use for them, before today. I also already have the knitting needles ready to go. The hairpin lace loom I bought over the weekend is really annoying me because the plastic end pieces slide all over the place...this one will solve that problem and will be lighter than the real loom.
rosewood5134 years ago
That is a nice concept but why couldn't you take an old frame for example and make holes and use a dowel or your knitting needles. Isn't t his a little soft, you really need something solid.
Just a suggestion, not to insult you.
This is great for quick fix to get started. I made one on my own with cardboard and knitting needles. Total flop. Yours is much better, Thank You.

rosewood513-I would love to see an instructable on your version if you have one.

sideways4 years ago
Great idea. I made one from 2 strips of corrugated sign plastic & knitting needles. Use needles that slide thru the tubes of corrugation a bit snugly so they stay put.

In my area, those plastic spamvertising signs people stick into the ground around intersections are illegal. It is perfectly fine to take them, since they are considered litter. The plastic is strong and comes in handy for other things too. Its easy to cut & lightweight.
decc19544 years ago
Thank you!
Cheaper still, use a pair of chopsticks, free. Wooden, so less slippery.
Those freebie plastic rulers, with holes punched for a three ring binder, instead of purchasing flip flops, the list is endless, of course.
Thank you for posting this, you have demonstrated the bare bones, which is key.

scoochmaroo4 years ago
Very clever. Now give us some hairpin lace tutorials!
anteejean5 years ago
if you have a problem w/ the needles sliding out, you can put knitting needle protectors on the ends to preven slippage