Summer Youth: T-shirt Transformation with a Frame Loom (Ages 12-16)

  • Monday, August 08, 2022
  • Thursday, August 11, 2022
  • 4 sessions
  • Monday, August 08, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, August 09, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, August 11, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Outdoor Classroom 1, Class Code: FI080822-IN-FF-2
  • 2


  • $250 + $25 Materials Fee
  • $200 + $25 Materials Fee

    Registration closes on Wednesday, August 3 at 1:00 pm.

Registration is closed

weaving t-shirt on frame loom

Got some worn-out T-shirts? Don’t give them to the thrift shop or drop them in the trash. Transform them into something beautiful and useful! You can make a set of gorgeous placemats, a big tote bag, or a cushy rug on a simple frame loom. A frame loom is a simple wood rectangle with pegs on the top and bottom. One manufacturer calls them “Friendly Looms” because they’re so easy to use.

We’ll start by cutting your T-shirts into continuous strips, and then we’ll do a test project on a small loom warped with twine to learn the technique and discover how colors combine—you may be surprised!.

For your next project, we’ll take what we’ve learned to plan your next project, on a bigger frame loom or in pieces on a small loom. In this class, we’ll focus on weaving with your old T-shirts and other T-shirt-style knits with kitchen twine as the warp, but we’ll also see examples of frame-loom weaving using old woven garments and fabrics, too, with either twine or fabric wrap.

You’ll learn how to cut your T-shirts, using even the small pieces—how to plan your project, and how to finish, depending on what you’re making.

Students should bring old T-shirts and other knit garments that can be cut up to share with everyone in the class—the more colors the better! T-shirts should be clean, but old stains and signs of wear are OK. Start collecting now, and don’t forget to ask everyone in your family. BARN will also have extra materials available to supplement what students bring.


  • This class is for youth ages 12-16. 
  • Registration closes on Wednesday, August 3 at 1:00 pm.
  • When you register your youth, please enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email". All reminders and important information will go to the email address you register with.
  • Please complete and return this minor permission form by August 3.
  • Please click here to register youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the week of this class.
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here. 
  • If you have any questions, please email BARN Youth Program Director Jess Henderson at

nstructor Fran Fuller

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