Back to School – Mini Loom Lunch Bag

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For this bag in jewel tones, I used the Schacht Mini Loom, a simple frame loom that’s easy to take along. I wove 8 rectangles and then heavily fulled them in the washing machine. For a design detail, I used the seams on the outside. I inserted grommets for the handles and then made Incredible Rope Machine handles for carrying.

Equipment: Schacht Mini Loom with 1 shuttle and 1 hand beater, tapestry needle, sewing machine for stitching the pieces together, Incredible Rope Machine for making the rope handles.

Notions: 4 grommets with setting tool.

Yarn: I used Lamb’s Pride Bulky from Brown Sheep Company (85% /15% mohair singles). I used colors I had left over from previous projects. You’ll need a total of 8 rectangles. Here’s what I used (feel free to mix and match):  1–M08 Wild Oak, 2—M124 Persian Peacock, 2—M162 Mulberry, 1—M210 Forest Shadows, 2 M29 Jack Plum. You’ll need about 25 yards for each rectangle.Note on substitutions: You’ll want to use a wool yarn that will readily felt. If you have a question about the content of the yarn in your stash, I suggest you weave up a sample and try felting it before weaving all of your squares.

Finished size: 10” wide by 8 ½” deep. Handles measure 15” long, fringe to fringe.

Weaving notes: Warp the full width of the loom and take up any slack so that the warp is evenly taut. Weave with the same yarn pressing in the weft for a balanced weave. You want to fill the full length of the warp on the loom for a rectangle that will be finished on all edges. At the top, when the space is too narrow for the shuttle, use a tapestry needle to weave the remaining rows.

Finishing: After you’ve woven all of the swatches, place them in a pillow case and wash in hot water and detergent in the washing machine. Check progress often. When rectangles measure 4 ¾” x 6”, they should be sufficiently fulled. (This will vary with other yarns. What you want is a very dense and solid fabric. This is critical for installing the grommets.)

Assembly: Mix and match the colors for two sets of 4 rectangles. Sew together with ¼” seam allowances. Place the two sides together, seams to the inside. Stitch around three sides of the bag using a ½” seam allowance. Turn the bag right side out and poke out the corners with a knitting needle. Install a grommet 1 ¼” from the top edge, centered side to side. Repeat for the other three rectangles. Make a rope using one of the colors (I used Persian Peacock). Tie a knot in the end to secure the handle and trim the ends for a 1” fringe.

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Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960's and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.