You Will Need ...
  1. 80 pushpins

  2. 2+ pieces of thick cardboard

  3. Ruler

  4. Pen/Pencil

  5. Scissors

  6. 2+ mismatched socks

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Step 1: 

First, create your loom. I used two 8-inch square pieces of corrugated cardboard and glued them together using my hot glue gun. This creates a nice solid base.  Most importantly, be certain that your cardboard is thick enough that the points of the pushpins to not stick through.

Step 2: 

Next, you will need to draw a frame on the inside of your cardboard. Using your ruler make marks 1/2 inch down on each of the four sides.  Draw a straight line between the marks, creating a 7-inch square frame.

Step 3: 

Let the pushpin fun begin! Place one in the corner, where your lines intersect. 

Step 4: 

As you continue placing pegs, line them up tightly next to each other, bottom to bottom with the adjacent peg. Do your best to place the pins directly on the line you drew.

Step 5: 

Adding all 80 of these pins will take a while.  Take your time and follow the lines. I used a different color pushpin for each side, but thats not necessary. The most important thing is that you have the same number of pins on each side. In my case that's 18 on each side once you remove all four corners (you will not be needing those)

Step 6: 

Sock cutting time! Trim off the top (thick) piece of sock with your scissors. Cut the remainder of the sock straight across into about 1/2 inch strips. Keep cutting until you have a pile of 36 (total) strips.  The color combinations are up to you. (The heel & toe area on the sock don't really work well, so discard those)

Step 7: 

Time to begin weaving. Stretch your first strip of sock, and place it pin to pin on opposite sides of the cardboard(A). Continue this until you finish one entire side (B).

Step 8: 

Now take your other sock color and start to weave it through the strips you just placed. (To make things easier, you can attach a paperclip to the end of your strip) 

Step 9: 

Be certain to weave over and under both parts of the sock strip. Continue weaving over and under the other strips (A) Repeat the same process with next sock strip only this time starting in the opposite way that you did with first strip (B)

Step 10: 

This process will take a bit of time.  Work consistently, over and under and then the opposite with the next strip.  This is a great activity to do while chatting with friends or relaxing :)

Step 11: 

Once you have finished weaving, all that's left is to seal the edges. You may find that using a paperclip helps here as well. Starting at one corner, reach in and pull the black strip off the pin. Use your finger to hold down the first strip and repeat with the second strip. Take the 2nd loop and thread through the one in front (in this case the 1st one). So #3 would go through #2, and so forth ...

Step 12: 

Continue to repeat step 10, threading one strip through the next, until you have gone all the way around the potholder..

Step 13: 

Finish up the corner by simply pulling the final loop through.

Step 14: 

Pull that final loop through tightly.  This last loop is perfect for hanging your potholder.

Step 15: 

All done!

Age: 
School-age
Tween
Teen
Adult
Senior
Basic: 
Food
Holiday
Craft Length: 
15 - 30 minutes
Difficulty: 
Attention, please! (a few rules to follow)
Holiday: 
Other
Prep Time: 
5 - 10 minutes
Recycled: 
Fodder
Supervision: 
1 adult per 10 children
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