Students learned how to do simple weaving on a cardboard loom to create a small woven drawstring bag. The first step involved preparing the cardboard and creating the warp:
Using a piece of yarn in the same or a contrasting color, begin weaving an over/under pattern,
starting at the bottom right edge of the cardboard. Leave a "tail" of several inches, which will be woven into the finished bag.
If you end one side by going "over" the warp thread, you'll go "under" the first warp thread on the other side.
Be sure to "beat" the yarn--i.e. pull it down close to the previous row--as you work.
When you need to add more yarn, simply back up a couple of warp threads, and begin as you did before. You'll weave these pieces into the bag.
When there's no more space at the top to weave, you're done. Slip the yarn off the notches at the top and remove from the cardboard. Weave in loose pieces, or simply knot (not the best finish) and turn the bag inside out.
Most students chose to add a braided drawstring to their bag. While the girls in my classes knew how to braid, most of the boys needed to learn this skill.
Students also finished and reinforced the top edge of the bag by looping yarn around the first several strings. They greatly enjoyed working on this project, and they were pleased with the results!