Introduction: How to Make a Coffee Straw Micro Loom

This tutorial shows you how to make a micro-loom out of coffee straws and how to use it

What you'll need

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • A credit card or business card
  • Nice long straws like the kind you get for iced coffee!

Step 1: Thread Equal Lengths of Yarn 'warp' Through the Straws

Figure out how long and wide you want your project to be.

A manageable size is about 5 straws wide and for this tutorial I'm only going to make my project 12" long and turn it into a wristband but there is really no limit to length so you can make cool scarves or belts

Here I've cut 5 pieces of 'warp' about 18" (a few inches to tie knots). Each line of warp get threaded through its own straw. If you are having trouble threading the yarn, get it started and then suck the yarn through.

Step 2: Tie Off the Top and Bottom Ends of Your 'warp'

The the top of the 'warp' (white) with a regular/ permanent knot, and tie the bottom of the warp with a slip knot.

Separate a manageable amount of 'weave' (orange) from the main ball of yarn. You won't be able to pass the entire ball of yarn through the warp. To start the weave attach it with a simple knot to one of the warp lines on the end.

Step 3: Begin Passing the 'weave' Back and Forth Through the Straws

Pass the weave back and forth through the straws a few times just to get started

Step 4: Use a Credit Card or Business Card As a 'Shuttle'

You can turn a credit card or business card into a shuttle. This is not necessary but highly recommended.

Step 5: Push the Weave Up and Tighten a Little Buy Pulling Each Side

Every 5 or 10 passes you'll want to push the weave up toward the top and tighten it up a little by pulling each side and chasing the slack down the straws.

Step 6: Add a Stripe

If you want to change colors, cut the weave and attach a new color with a simple know. The knot can be worked into the weave and hidden from view.

Step 7: Re-position the Straws

Once you reach the end of your straws, untie the slip knot at the bottom, pull the straws down about half of their length and then retie the slip knot. Keep weaving and do this as many times as it takes until your project is the length you need it to be.

This step is also used when you're finished with your project but instead of just lowering the straws take them all the way out.

Step 8: Add More Yarn If You Run Out

If your shuttle runs out of yarn, reload it and attach the new length to the weave using the same method as was used to change the yarn color.

Step 9: Weave Until You Run Out of Yarn or Patience

Comments

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Suzanne+in+Orting made it!(author)2015-08-26

This would be a great group project. So adaptable to the materials at hand.

The changing of colors would be a really great time to use a "Russian Join." It's a little hard to explain without pictures, but it creates a strong join without any ends to weave in.

In this application, the knot wouldn't get a lot of stress, but in general, clipping the threads/yarn so close to the knot makes it more likely to come loose. (I have an afghan that's coming apart because I made it before I learned this.)

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KurtH3 made it!(author)2015-08-30

That's great advice, I will Google it!

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pandrews8 made it!(author)2015-08-23

Did you leave the straws in the project? You didn't say. What a great simple project.

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Bantiarna made it!(author)2015-09-06

Actually on the step where you are told to move the straws down as you add length to your weave he says that you'll take them right off when you are finished your project.

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jeanniel1 made it!(author)2015-08-23

Take the straws out just before tying off the project once you have enough woven. The warp yarns will hold the weave in place once the straws are out.

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KurtH3 made it!(author)2015-08-30

I concurr!

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wollatjie made it!(author)2015-09-01

hi thanks . for what all can I make out of this ?

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thundrepance made it!(author)2015-08-23

straws are left IN??

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KurtH3 made it!(author)2015-08-30

No, I should fix my write up to explicitly say that though!

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jeanniel1 made it!(author)2015-08-23

No, they're just to give the weave someplace to hold onto till the whole thing is finished.

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MindyG made it!(author)2015-08-27

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MindyG made it!(author)2015-08-27

using 3 u can make bookmarks

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tomas75a made it!(author)2015-08-27

Neat! :D

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macallawalton made it!(author)2015-08-25

Like the idea. I'd probably try it with less straws, making it skinnier.

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RobinS24 made it!(author)2015-08-24

I make wire wrapped jewelry and use this weave all the time. I will have to go to hardware store and get some dowels now hahahaha. ty for sharing

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ViciousVixxen+ made it!(author)2015-08-23

@Thunderpance no the straws are slid off when you reach thr desired length,tie off the weaving yarn to its self and leave the end with a long tail, then slide off the straws and tie off the strings that were in the straws along with the weaving strand.

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NathanSellers made it!(author)2015-08-19

Creative idea. Thanks for sharing.

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thundrepance made it!(author)2015-08-23

you're very attractive, nathan! ;^)

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retihac made it!(author)2015-08-23

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BlackSheep0ne made it!(author)2015-08-23

if you run the end of the yarn thru a very small common metal nut you can just drop that weight thru the straw to thread them; and a crochet hook makes a fine shuttle, too.

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AhadH made it!(author)2015-08-23

very nice

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kota95 made it!(author)2015-08-19

I've done this for years now, one revision I was taught was cut the straws down shorter and cut the threads in the straws to what you want your final products length to be and tape to straw so you have an open end to make it more simplistic and faster for children

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Semilove made it!(author)2015-08-23

I am so sorry that your photo/video/whatever doesn't show. I'm not sure what you mean by tape it to the straw, but I'm going to try this with some shorter straws as you suggested and figure out the tape thing. Thanks for the wonderful suggestion! Cheers!

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rnel1 made it!(author)2015-08-19

Thanks mate! This is brilliant, I've always fancied trying some simple weaving. You're a star

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NDKate57 made it!(author)2015-08-19

Looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing.

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rdaly4 made it!(author)2015-08-19

Thanks for sharing this. Your method has so many opportunities for expansion and revision. I'm going to use this idea in a project I'm working on.
Many Thanks

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heygreyeyes made it!(author)2015-08-19

That looks like fun.

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moen-the-grass made it!(author)2015-08-18

Is that shape like a potholder? Anyway, this project is easy, and I'm going to try it with inner tube strips.

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Rocketraccoon made it!(author)2015-08-18

This is much easier than usual; yay!

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gmalsol made it!(author)2015-08-18

Love it. creative and easy instructions.

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myrrhmaid made it!(author)2015-08-17

What a great, quick project! Definately on the to-do list! Thanks for sharing!

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