Recycle old T-shirts and make these colorful baskets.
Before you begin, some terms you need to know: the warp is the material you string on the hoop, the weft is the material you weave with.
* Sleeves from two or three adult large T-shirts
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* Tacky glue
* 12-inch round embroidery hoop. Make large baskets on a hula hoop by weaving a base (ours are 8 inches in diameter) then pulling the weft tight to create sides.
1. Turn the shirts or just shirt sleeves inside out and lay them flat on your work surface. Run a line of glue along the seam of each sleeve. If you're using adult T-shirts, glue the body seams the same way. This is so that the seam stitching doesn't come undone when you cut them.
2.. When the glue is dry, cut 1/2-inch-wide loops from the sleeves. Discard the hems. You will need nine sleeve loops for the warp. For the weft, you will need about 50 loops. If you are using shirt-body loops, you will need far fewer (depending on the size of the shirt).
3. Stretch one sleeve warp loop over the embroidery hoop. Add and secure a second loop, perpendicular to the first.
4. Repeat, filling in the spaces, until all nine loops are in place.
5. Push together two warp loops at the top of hoop. This creates an odd number of warp spokes in your wheel, which allows the over/under pattern of the weft to alternate with each new row.
6. Then begin weaving. When your weaving is about 4 inches across, begin treating each warp spoke as two individual strips instead of a single unit, weaving over or under each strand instead of going over or under the doubled spoke. When you get to the two warp spokes that you pushed together at the top of the loom, separate them.
Treat one of the spokes as two individual strips, but continue to treat the other as a single spoke. This maintains the odd number of warp spokes.
7. To form the sides of your basket, begin stretching the weft material tightly and pulling it snugly against the weaving as you work. The sides should start to bend up.
8. When the basket is the size you want, snip open your weft loop. Tie the ends around a warp spoke.
9. Cut the warp spokes off the hoop one at a time. Tie the ends in pairs, then trim them to make a fringe or tuck them back into the basket.