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Weave Potholders

If you drop by my grandparents’ house, somewhere in the kitchen you’ll find a potholder that I wove for them about two decades ago. That’s the kind of craft that I’ve been trying to find for the girls to do in this series. So when I saw a potholder loom kit at the craft store the other day, I got it for the girls.

Weave potholders

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Sunshine was able to weave potholders entirely on her own. She completed her first potholder within about twenty minutes, though we had to look up a video to figure out how to loop off the edges once she’d finished the weaving. (I found the instructions in the kit a bit unclear, but it’s similar to crocheting.)

Sunshine weaving potholders

Once Sunshine had finished her potholder, Lily and Jade were eager to try as well. Lily found it easier to weave the second row with just her fingers rather than by using the hook. I had to help her with the looping off once she’d finished weaving. Jade had fun stretching the first row of bands across (like above), but the weaving was a bit too complicated for her so Sunshine finished off her potholder for her.

Sunshine weaving her potholder with loom loops

The finished potholders are only about 4 inches wide, so they’d only work for a small pot. And the instructions actually say they shouldn’t be used as potholders (I was a bit disappointed with that!). The kit did come with some ideas for using the loom to make things other than potholders, like a glasses case or a small bag. I thought the potholders could also go in the girls’ toy kitchen or be made into a set of four or six to use as coasters.

Either way, the girls had fun doing this craft. It also made a great tie-in to their history class and discussing weaving.

Cost: $10-15, depending on the kit

Difficulty: Intermediate (suitable for 5+)

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