Introduction: How to Make a Coffee Straw Micro Loom

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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

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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'

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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

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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'

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Suzanne in Orting (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.)

KurtH3 (author)Suzanne in Orting2015-08-30

That's great advice, I will Google it!

pandrews8 (author)2015-08-23

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

Bantiarna (author)pandrews82015-09-06

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.

jeanniel1 (author)pandrews82015-08-23

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.

KurtH3 (author)jeanniel12015-08-30

I concurr!

wollatjie (author)2015-09-01

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


thundrepance (author)2015-08-23

straws are left IN??

KurtH3 (author)thundrepance2015-08-30

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

jeanniel1 (author)thundrepance2015-08-23

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

MindyG (author)2015-08-27

MindyG (author)MindyG2015-08-27

using 3 u can make bookmarks

tomas75a (author)2015-08-27

Neat! :D

macallawalton (author)2015-08-25

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

RobinS24 (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

ViciousVixxen (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.

NathanSellers (author)2015-08-19

Creative idea. Thanks for sharing.

you're very attractive, nathan! ;^)

retihac (author)2015-08-23

BlackSheep0ne (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.

AhadH (author)2015-08-23

very nice

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

Semilove (author)kota952015-08-23

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!

rnel1 (author)2015-08-19

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

NDKate57 (author)2015-08-19

Looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing.

rdaly4 (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

heygreyeyes (author)2015-08-19

That looks like fun.

moen-the-grass (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.

Rocketraccoon (author)2015-08-18

This is much easier than usual; yay!

gmalsol (author)2015-08-18

Love it. creative and easy instructions.

BLASTFEMI (author)2015-08-17

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

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