Take your weaving to the next level by making miniature baskets to hold jewelry, collectibles, or odds and ends.
Hula Hoop Rug
The narrower loops used in this project need to be reinforced with glue so that the seam stitching doesn't come undone. Turn the shirts or 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 tees, glue the body seams the same way.
When the glue is dry, cut 1/2-inch-wide loops from the sleeves. Discard the hems. You'll need nine sleeve loops for the warp. For the weft, if you're using sleeves left over from the rug, you'll need about 50 loops. If you're using shirt-body loops, you'll need far fewer (depending on the size of the shirt).
Follow steps 2 through 5 for the rug to string the warp spokes on your embroidery hoop, then begin weaving. When your weaving is about 4 inches across, follow step 8 in the rug directions to double the warp spokes.
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.
When the basket is the size you want, but no closer than 8 inches from the edge of the hula hoop, snip open your weft loop.
Tie the ends around a warp spoke, and tuck the ends into the basket.
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.