Toilet Paper Roll French Knitting DIY
How to make a toilet paper roll french knitting tutorial – A really great craft activity idea – and who doesn’t like a recycled craft for kids and grownups alike? How about making your own ‘knitting nancy’ or French Knitting loom.
When we were little, my Grandpop made us our own little looms from wooden cotton reels – tacking four little pin nails into the top of the cotton reel, and we’d spend hours making long ‘woolly worms’ of French Knitting – it’s really rather fun!
So today is International Recycling Day
In many countries around the world celebrates on May 17th the International Day for Recycling.
Apparently Americans use over 17 billion toilet paper tubes each year. Woah!! So that’s a LOT of recycling/re-purposing possibilities.
Here are some lesser known items you CAN #recycle
It’s all about Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and where better to start than with the free craft resource, the humble toilet paper roll – a cardboard tube just desperate to avoid landfill, so we’ve been looking at a few ‘repurpose ideas!’ and wanted to try and make our own ‘French Knitting Loom’!
You will need:
- toilet paper roll (or other cardboard tube, you could cut up a kitchen roll tube, or use the inside of a roll of wrapping paper, or string as we’ve done here too)
- coffee stirrers or craft sticks
- sticky tape*
- wool, yarn, or string
- optional – pretty paper to decorate
How to make:
- cut two coffee stirrers in half – sticky tape the four shorter sticks to the toilet roll tube so that a section protrudes by 1-2cm above the edge, so – if you don’t have coffee stirrers, you can use craft sticks.
- Sticky tape around all four sticks so that they are firmly in place
- decorate by covering with a patterned paper – optional – it just looks pretty!
And that’s it – you’re ready to start ‘knitting’!
This video below shows you how to French knit with your own homemade knitting Nancy.
*and before you ask, we are using up the plastic tape we had in the cupboard – never buying that stuff again! Search for ‘plastic free tape’ to find a more eco alternative such as https://naturallywrapt.co.uk/