Finger Weaving Fun!

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Have you ever made one of these woven potholders using a small metal or plastic loom and cotton loops?

Finger weaving fun with kids

Growing up in the 80′s, I sure do! I even found a listing on Etsy for “vintage loop woven pot holders” that say they were made in the 80′s and never used. Guess what? This crafty craze is still around for the next generation of tweens. My tween loves to use these loops in other crafty ways, and wanted to demonstrate how to finger weave with them to create some fun and colorful accessories. Summer is upon us, and this is a great boredom buster, travel-friendly craft. You can buy just a bag of refill loops, and be well on your way to some finger weaving fun.

Here’s a quick video tutorial on how to finger weave with loops:

And a mini pictorial DIY to help as well:

Simply start by twisting 2 loops around your four fingers. Pull the bottom loop over the top one and over the tips of each of your fingers.Continue with another loop twisted on your fingers again. Keep pulling the bottom loop over the top one and over your fingers, and you will create this cool woven snake pattern.

My tween likes to use them as accessories like a scarf:

or a cool colored belt:

Whatever you turn your finger-woven creations into, you will have a blast making it. Super simple and satisfying!

And check out this other classic and crafty craft idea for girls—Safety Pin Bracelets from Crafts by Amanda. These are super fun to make and perfect for kids to try!

safety pin bracelet DIY

Happy crafting!

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Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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  13 comments for “Finger Weaving Fun!

  1. June 17, 2012 at 4:39 am

    wow I’ll try this soon :)

  2. Pam
    June 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I came across this on Pinterest. A very well done video! I had only learned to finger weave with yarn. This looks so much easier & more fun for tweens than using yarn.

  3. February 21, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    What? That is the coolest thing ever! And the instructor did an amazing job at teaching how to do it…I totally get it. Do you use cotton loops or stretchy bands?

    XOXO

    • February 23, 2013 at 9:56 am

      We used cotton loops, just like these from ALEX:

      Thanks for the great comment!

  4. March 4, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Fantastic tutorial! Instead of purchasing cotton loops, I made my own out of old colored tights and they worked great. Check it out – http://www.pasaii.com/hello/make-finger-weaving-loops/

  5. March 9, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your finger weaving project! You can see it here:

    http://funfamilycrafts.com/finger-weaving/

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, we’d love for you to submit them! Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

  6. Linda Morin
    April 24, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Grat idea for my granddaughters when they get bored. Thanks for such a cute idea.

  7. July 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I can’t get the video…

  8. Carolyn Primmer
    November 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I was disappointed that the link did not show you how to make the potholders which is what I wanted to learn how to make. I would also like to know where to buy the loops.

    • November 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      Hi Carolyn,
      Usually you can buy the loops with a loom, like this one. My daughter likes her loom, but we wanted to show a fun way to weave the loops on your fingers. It’s just a different technique.

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