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 1960s 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.