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How to Make a Loom & Weave a Fabric Scarf

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This weaving tutorial may take you back to second grade, but it also opens up a world of possibilities. Using this same method and different sizes, you can weave potholders, washcloths, scarves, small rugs, etc. I didn't purchase anything to make this woven scarf. I recycled some leftovers, including the wood and fabrics, then went to town with my idea!

Materials Needed:
  • Leftover fabrics (preferably lightweight and flexible)
  • Scissors or pinking sheers (if you don't want to tear fabric strips)
  • 10-14 1 1/2"-2" nails
  • 2x4x8 wooden board
  • 60-70' of strong yarn
A note about the fabric. For the scarf to be comfortable, the fabric should be soft and flexible. You'll notice that I used very thin cottons and chiffon. Recycled t-shirt yarn is great in this project due to it's softness and pliability -- plus, it's casual and fun to use! See pics for a girl's scarf I did incorporating recycled t-shirt strips. 

A note about the yarn. The yarn is going to show a little between the fabrics, especially the solid fabrics, so you have a choice of either using one that blends in or using one that stands out. Make it part of your design. Regardless, your yarn should be long and strong. :)
 
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Step 1: Making Your Loom

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Making a weaving loom is super easy! Take your board and lay it across a long table or even on the floor. Hammer 5-7 nails, in a row, across each short end of the board. You can space out the nails about 1-2"-1" or just eyeball it. Perfection is not required here. And, the more nails you use, the wider your scarf will become (and the more fabric and yarn you will need).

I did 5 nails at each end.
This looks awesome! Very adorable. Will definitely be trying this once I've saved up enough scrap fabric :)
smileee2 (author)  ChronicCrafter1 year ago
Thank you so much! And, here I am with scraps to spare...I don't even know where it all comes from. :)
That is a very cute effect! Looks all bumpy and soft :)
smileee2 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thanks! Yes, it is...I guess the scarf has a kind of "pillowy" look to it. I just love the funkiness << that's a word, right?