How to Weave on a Cardboard Loomcomments (42) June 25th, 2008
Weaving is such a meditative, relaxing craft—and at the end of it, you have fabric! You don't need a lot of expensive equipment to take up weaving. Here's how to build a simple loom on a piece of cardboard.
I like to re-use cardboard shipping envelopes for my simple looms. They're very sturdy, yet easy to cut with a pair of strong scissors. You can also use a sheet of cardboard, but I don't recommend corrugated for this project.
Begin by deciding how wide you want your weaving to be. Are you making a bookmark? Then you only need a few inches of width. If you're making something larger, like a sunglasses case, you'll want to weave wider. Mark your preferred width onto your cardboard.
Next, measure and mark every 1/4 inch along the edge of your cardboard, working between the two width marks you made in the previous step.
Draw a line 1/2 inch from the edge of the cardboard. This will serve as a cutting guide.
Use a pair of strong scissors to cut a series of slits in the edge of the envelope, 1/4 inch apart. Use that guideline you drew in the previous step to help you keep all these slits about the same depth. (But don't worry about being too precise, as you can see in this photo.)
Repeat these steps on the opposite edge of the cardboard.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery