Next week most of my family will be descending upon my flat for my sister’s graduation. With this information came a sharp realization for me: I need to finish decorating!!
The area that has thus far been neglected in my flat is the wall at the top of the stairwell. I needed something that could fill the large space, something safe for a stairwell in a house where kids live, and it would help for it to be cheap. Happily, this one fit the bill completely and was the epitome of cheap, it was FREE!! I made each of these things in the last few weeks, but I must say that the little woven heart has stolen the show. Would you like to make one? Read on for the details.
T-Shirt Yarn Heart Weaving DIY.
**Please Note – If you don’t have t-shirt yarn already, that’s ok! We can easily make some!!
I used a half yard of some stretchy knit fabric that was on sale but too scratchy to use for handmade clothing. I’m sure you have some sort of knit fabric that fits that description! If not, you could use a jersey sheet or some old white t-shirts.
HOW TO MAKE T-SHIRT YARN:
If you have any old t-shirts in a color that you love those make perfect t-shirt yarn as well. Cut your fabric in horizontal strips, about 1/2″ to 3/4″ wide and pull them until they stretch into long skinny cords. Don’t worry about needing one long continuous string, the glue gun can easily and discreetly attach the ends together so that you can continue weaving with several shorter strands.
HOW TO MAKE A HEART WEAVING:
Step One: Take the end of your t-shirt yarn, knot the end around the top of the first peg of the loom, wind it down around the bottom peg, and continue on this up and down pattern until your loom is full. Make another small knot at the end of your yarn and slip it over one of the end pegs. You have just made your warp!
Step Two: Place your heart cut out behind your loom where you would like for the design to sit, and use paperclips to secure it to a few strands of the warp. Using the cut out ensures that your heart weaving is symmetrical and centered, so you can enjoy the process.
Step Three: Now it’s time to begin weaving! I wanted my yarn slightly thicker, so I started with a strand that was about 36″ long and folded it in half so that I was weaving with two strands at once. I started my weaving at the bottom point of the heart with a single row that I secured in the back with a tiny knot. (The photo below is the back of my weaving.)
Step Four: After my first row (with only one line of yarn for the tip), I did my second row over and under and over again, and then turned back around to do my third row. I increased the visible “stitches” each time slightly, following with the edges of the heart cut out as my guide.
Side Note: Whenever I finished a row or two, I used a wide toothed comb to push the yarn down on the loom which kept the design tight and precise, and then continued on with the next row.
When I reached the top bubbles of the heart I branched off, weaving in the design of the top of the heart on the left side completely before moving on to the right side.
Since I was using a double strand of yarn for this design, every time that I needed more yarn I simply looped the new yarn through the end of the loop that I was weaving with, tied a knot on the end, and continued with the design. The knots are easily hid away on the back of the weaving.
Step Five: Next I took my aqua t-shirt yarn and began to fill in the space around the heart. I started at the bottom, wove across the loom as normal, stopped just to the left of the heart, pulled my aqua yarn to the back and across the back of the heart, and then continued to weave as normal on the right side of the heart. I continued in this manner until the space all around the heart was filled up.
Step Six: Now it’s time to make the tassels!
- Cut long string of yarn, (mine was 36 inches) fold it in half and then in half again so that it makes a big loop at the top.
- Slip the big loop of the yarn through one of the bottom loops of t-shirt yarn on the loom. Look at the bottom peg that you are making a tassel for, and make sure that you thread the yarn under the yarn that is on the left of the peg and over the yarn that’s on the right side of the peg.
- Take the end strands of the yarn and tuck them through the loop.
- Continue to pull on the end strands of the yarn until a snug knot is formed.
Step Seven: Once all of my tassels were attached I slid my branch through the loops at the top of the loom making sure that each loop encircled the branch.
When the branch was full woven into the warp, I carefully pulled each loop off it’s peg until the weaving was entirely on the branch. I removed the bottom loops from their pegs as well, carefully arranging the tassels as I went.
Step Eight: Now is the point when I decided that I needed a little pop of color on my weaving. Luckily, the stretchy t-shirt yarn on the warp allowed me to easily weave in a little something extra. I did a single line at the bottom, tucking this fuchsia yarn under every third line on the warp, and then around to the back.
Step Nine: A tiny dab of hot glue on each end of the yarn to attach it to the back and I was done.
Once the design was finished and hung up I noticed that the heart was buckling slightly because of the places where the aqua yarn had been pulled tightly across the back. I quickly snipped through the aqua strands across the middle of the heart to give it back some slack, and added tiny dabs of hot glue under the loose ends to hold them in place.
I hung my weaving up, trimmed the tassels, and was finished!
What do you think?
It is the perfect addition to my little stairwell art display.
Love the other wall hanging seen in these photos?!!!
The large woven wall hanging in these pictures was made entirely from my fabric scraps and woven on the back of a picture frame from my living room. The texture is amazing and it was so relaxing to make. I’m sharing the details of that FREE project on my blog today as well.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…