How to Make a Beautiful Rag Rug by Making a Loom From a Hula Hoop!
I was looking to put a rug in my guest room and really wanted something unique but circular and colourful. Decided to try and have a ago at making one out of some old sheets and fabric on DIY hula hoop old t-shirt loom!
I bought a second hand hula hoop from online at a bargain price and began cutting strips about an inch wide from the bottom up of an old t shirt.
i then began positioning them on the hoop.
i position the strips of t shirt around edge of hoop evenly to create loom.
And keep going until lots of sections.
I cut the fabric strips from old sheets and keep going continuously so it’s in one long piece. I do this with a few sheets and fabrics in different colours.
The loom and fabric now ready to begin weaving.
I decide to use the lighter colour in the center
I found it easier to make a start of weave under and over technique with loom hanging in my pond roof but you can find somewhere convenient to hang it to gain ease of working with the fabric in and out.
And keep weaving under and over technique changing the colours by knitting a new colour strip to create a pattern and variety.
It takes time to weave and is a project to do a bit each day and it grows and becomes bigger.
When the rug weave reaches the edge and is obvious cannot grow any more it is time to cut off the loom.
I tied the T-shirt strings in knots to prevent unravel and I kept these as part of the design feature.
i really like the unique and textural result!
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Laurie on Apr 25, 2019
Great idea! Who DOESN’T have old stretched-out tees or faded sheets? (And you can only make so many t-shirt quilts!) I’ve never seen a loom like that, but it’s inspired me to make my own rectangular one out of scrap wood and nails - like oversized pot-holder loom. Your technique looks faster than the braided variety.