How to Make a Doll Purse Weaving

Ages: 6-8, 9-12
Location: Indoors
Skills: Physical, Art

What you'll need:
3 1/2" x 6" cardboard sheet
Lightweight string
Yarn
Safety pin

Background:
A piece of cardboard and some lengths of yarn and string are all that's needed for children to learn about the ancient art of weaving. Your child can use this pouch for a favorite doll or other toy, and they can experiment with the shape and size of the pouch by adjusting the shape and size of the cardboard.

What to do:
1. Cut seven evenly spaced slits in each end of the cardboard.

2. Tie one end of the string around one corner of the cardboard.

3. Wrap the string lengthwise around the cardboard and tie at opposite corner to secure. There should be seven strands on the front and six strands on the back of the cardboard.

4. Thread the yarn onto a safety pin and begin weaving under and over around the cardboard, both front and back. Push the yarn down to the bottom while weaving.

5. Work about halfway up the cardboard. Tuck the last loose end under and cut the strings at the top of the card on both the front and back.

6. Tie the strings in pairs.

7. Gently push the weaving off the bottom of the cardboard.

8. Make a handle of braided yarn and tie or sew the ends to the sides of the purse.

Use:
1. Weave this miniature for a favorite doll.

2. Try making a larger purse by enlarging the size of the cardboard and making more slits at the top and bottom.

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