{DIY} How to Weave a Colourblock Pouch

Woven clutch bag with sewing stuff---Beak-Up-Crafts

Last month I set myself a list of things I wanted to learn or achieve this year. Weaving was one of the things on there and after a really wonky first effort (hiding holes with fancy knots!), I’ve kind of got into the swing of it. Weaving is seriously addictive and I love playing with different types of stitches to make lots of lovely textures.

So far I’ve made a few wall hangings (which I’m going to start putting in my Etsy shop) but  in this post I’m going to share with you how to make a pouch/small clutch bag (which is also great for storing craft bits and pieces) with some wool and a loom. It’s really easy and if you don’t have a loom hanging around you can either make one using some cardboard or from an old picture frame.

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What You Need:

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  • A small loom – I used one like this
  • Chunky wool in two colours: I used white (A) and green (B)
  • Double knitting wool in white/cream
  • Fabric for inside of your bag
  • A blunt darning needle
  • A needle and thread
  • A ruler/strip of strong cardboard
  • Two magnetic closures
  • Felt/fusable interfacing
  • Glue gun (optional)

How to Make it:

  1. Create a warp for your loom using the double knitting wool. This is wool which you wrap around the hooks of your loom which run vertically. Make sure they have tension but a little bit of give.
    Warping-the-loom---weaving-a-clutch---Beak-Up-Crafts Preparing-the-loom---weaving-a-clutch---Beak-Up-CraftsIf your loom has a shed stick, weave it up and under your warp. This will cut your weaving time in half as you can just pass your darning needle through easily from one side to the other.
  2. Slot your ruler/piece of card under then over the warp wool in turn then push it to the bottom of the loom. This is to give you longer ends to weave in your warp threads when you take the piece off your loom later.
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  3. Cut off a 4ft length of wool A and thread it through your darning needle. Start weaving this up and under through your warp. When you reach the end, return the other way, making sure you are doing an over stitch where there was an under stitch on the previous row and vice versa.
    How-to-weave---Beak-Up-CraftsTOP TIP: When pulling your needle through, move it up and across, not just straight across, as if you do the latter your tension will become too tight and result in an ‘hourglass’ shape – where the middle section of your weaving goes in at the sides. You can always gently tug the row you have just made before starting on the next to make sure it lines up with the previous one and that the wool hasn’t been pulled too tight.
  4. If you run out of wool. simply leave a 10cm tail hanging on the back of your weaving, and start from the next ‘over’. You can gently tie the two ends together if you like. These will be weaved into the back of the piece and hidden by the fabric, though.
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  5. Continue weaving until you are three quarters of the way up your loom, then cut off wool A. Finish on an ‘under’ and tuck a 10cm tail into the back.
  6. Change to wool B and weave the final quarter before finishing off as in step 4.
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  7. Carefully take your weaving off the loom and tie knots with each warp thread to stop them falling out. Weave in the threads on the back of the piece.
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  8. Weave in any ends by feeding them through your darning needle and pulling them through the stitches on the back of your weaving.
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  9. Measure out your fabric so that it is about an inch bigger than your weaving all the way around, then fold over down the edges on each side and iron so they are nice and flat and the fabric is just smaller than your weaving.
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  10. Work out where you want your magnetic closures to be. Place a small piece of interfacing/felt underneath where you want the snap to be at the top of the purse (the green area).
    Mark-for-the-closure---Beak-Up-Crafts
  11. Lay the snap onto the fabric and cut two small holes. Fix the snap in place before you sew the fabric to the weaving. Likewise, fit the other part of the closure through the weaving before you sew in the fabric liner. Make sure they line up! Use your scissors to flatten the prongs of the snap down. TOP TIP: Add some felt/fusable interfacing to the back of the closure to give it something to hold on to.
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  12. Pin and hand sew the fabric to the back side of your weaving. (I’m hand sewing it because I still don’t know how to use a sewing machine and the weaving is pretty thick!).
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  13. Fold the bottom half up and with some wool and a darning needle, sew the sides together as shown. Weave in your ends.
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  14. That’s it! You’ve just made your own woven pouch!

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I decided to use my woven bag to hold my crochet hooks and bits and pieces but you could use it as a small handbag or even to hold your passport and tickets when you go on holiday.
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I hope you enjoyed this DIY. I’m off to dream up more things I can make from my weavings! I would love to see your photos if you make one of these so please tag me in on Twitter or Instagram – I’m @beakupcrafts on both. Have you tried weaving before?

Lots of handbag love,

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