Hairpin Lace Loom




Introduction: Hairpin Lace Loom

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

Step 1: Step 1

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.

Step 2: Step 2

With your ruler, paper, and scissors, cut out an 8.5 in x 1 in template.

Place the template on the sandal (as shown) and trace around the template with your marker.

Step 3: Step 3

Carefully, using your utility knife, cut out along the lines you traced. Cut each line, one at a time. Each line will take 3-4 passes with your utility knife in order to make it through the foam.

Cut the short line by the heel FIRST. This will allow you to have a better grip on the sole, making cutting less dangerous.

Step 4: Step 4

Repeat steps 1-3 with second flip-flop.

Step 5: Step 5

Starting 3/4 in in from the end of your template, make a hash mark every 1 in.

Lay your template lengthwise over half of your foam strip and transfer the marks onto the foam (as shown).

Step 6: Step 6

Using a straight pin, carefully poke through each of the dots that you made in the previous step. Make sure you go all the way through the foam.

Step 7: Step 7

Repeat steps 5 and 6 on your second foam strip.

Step 8: Step 8

Now you can insert your knitting needles through any of the holes and into the corresponding holes on the second strip--keeping one foam strip at the base of the needles and the other foam strip near the tips of the needles.

The needles can be removed and repositioned to be anywhere from 1 in to 7 in apart! Also, the hole placement can be modified to fit your specific pattern!

Step 9: Finally...

Now you are ready to use your Hairpin Lace Loom!

It can be easily collapsed and slipped into a purse, backpack, or tote.

A brand new pair of flip-flops set me back $2.50 at the Drugstore, and the knitting needles (from my stash) originally cost me $2.50, for a total of $5 bucks!

If you get your flip-flops from a Dollar Store, and your knitting needles from a Rummage Sale, you're looking at spending a whopping $2 or LESS!

To learn how to crochet Hairpin Lace, type 'hairpin lace tutorial' into any search engine...Happy Crocheting!!!

(Please do not use this tutorial for commercial production.)

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    4 years ago

    I am making this. The looms out there don't get good reviews and I have been wanting to try Hairpin lace. Thank you!


    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!!!!!


    9 years ago on Step 9

    Excellent tip. Thanks! I´ll go tomorrow to get the materials. Edith


    9 years ago on Step 9

    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.


    10 years ago on Step 9

    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.


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 9

    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.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    11 years ago on Step 8

    if you have a problem w/ the needles sliding out, you can put knitting needle protectors on the ends to preven slippage