YES! It seems as though, unlike last year, we might actually be able to travel – with the proper precautions in place. If you’re a craft fanatic like me, you’re probably thinking of a way to occupy your hands while at the beach or on the journey. I like to alternate reading, talking and crafting. Even long journeys fly by with the right mix of activities. Time-consuming and meticulous crafts like weaving work especially well so in this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make your own DIY loom in different travel-friendly formats!
This little loom in the picture above is the Pocket loom. I’m not sure it would fit into an actual pocket unless you’re wearing a hoodie (in the summer??) but, at 4 3/4″ by 5 1/2″ (12 x 14cm), it definitely fits into even the smallest purse. Since Purse Loom is a bit too odd a name, Pocket Loom it shall be called!
The second loom below is the Slim Travel Loom – I’m on a roll naming my looms… This one is much larger, allowing for more intricate work but its thin profile means you can easily slide it into your getaway bag without taking up much space.
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To make a DIY Loom, you’ll need…
For the Pocket Loom:
- Scrap wood or 3/8″ (1cm) square dowels
- Small nails
For the Slim Travel Loom:
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Step 1: Cut the DIY Loom pieces
To begin, cut the wood into the following pieces, depending on the loom you want to create:
Pocket Loom: cut the square dowel into two short pieces of 4 3/4″ (12cm) and two long pieces of 5 1/2″ (14cm)
Slim Travel Loom: cut the wood trim into two short pieces of 8″ (20cm) and two long pieces of 10″ (25cm)
Step 2: Measure the 1/4″ marks
Now, take the short pieces and, with a ruler, mark the center. For example, on the Slim Travel Loom, the short pieces are 8″ (20cm) so the center will be at the 4″ (10cm) mark.
From this center point, mark every 1/4″ (6mm) point on each side until about 1 to 1 1/2″ (5 to 6cm) from the end of the wooden piece.
Repeat this step on the other short piece so that both of your short pieces have 1/4″ marks.
Step 3: Saw slits or hammer in nails at the marks
Now that you have marked out your short pieces, you can either hammer nails over each mark or use a hacksaw to create slits in the wood.
If you’re creating slits, you’ll have to smooth down the wood with fine-grit sandpaper to remove any splinters. To easily sand inside of the slits, I use a nail file which I fit in the slit and bring down in one sharp movement!
The method you use depends on the tools you have at home and your preference. I prefer using slits when weaving but they take a bit more work when creating your loom.
Step 4: Assemble the DIY Loom
Finally, overlap your short and long pieces to create a frame. Make sure that the short pieces are sitting on top of the long pieces of wood.
To assemble your DIY loom, you can either nail the pieces together (this works well for thicker wood like on the Pocket Loom) or use wood glue and clamp the pieces (which is what I used to assemble the thin wood trim on the Slim Travel Loom).
And voila! Warp some thin cotton thread around the nails or into the slits, and off you go weaving!