May Project Challenge Results

At the beginning of May, we posted a Challenge. We challenged you and ourselves to give a project! Here’s our results and an opportunity to share yours.




May Challenge




May’s challenge was to Give a Project! We left this one open to interpretation, so that you could physically make something to give to another person, or gift them a project: help your neighbor with the gardening, re-grout your grandpa’s tub, or give the gift of making a project with someone else by doing a project with a child, etc.

May Project Challenge Results

We decided to double up on giving by making a project with Eliza for her grandmas. This was entended to be for Mother’s Day, but we’re never on time for anything. So it goes.

We used a tutorial from Family Fun magazine to make a rug using a hula hoop as a loom and recycled t-shirts as our warp and weft. Cool.

May Project Challenge Results

Eliza and I thrifted a ton of t-shirts in a pretty, coordinating color range (we also got a few old ones out of our closets). Jake and I cut the t-shirts into 1-inch strips.

May Project Challenge Results

We started on our first attempt. The rug is made by stretching several of the t-shirt loops around the hula hoop and then weaving other strips through (see here for the tutorial). Jake, Eliza, and I worked together and took turns working on it. But then came time to take the rug off of the hoop…

May Project Challenge Results

…and we had Fail #1. We wove the strips too tight and ended up with a funny floppy hat instead of a rug. That’s Poppy poking fun of our attempt. I unraveled everything and whipped up another one on my own, this time using a bigger hula hoop. I blamed Jake for making the first one too tight, and I was feeling good about the second one, which I was sure I did perfectly. But…

May Project Challenge Results

…it was even worse. I learned the second time around that a) you have to weave very very loose and b) you then have to push down. I undid it again and started over. This time Eliza helped again.

May Project Challenge Results

We did it! It’s probably too small for a rug (it’s about 16 inches in diameter), but it’s really really pretty. It’s still a little wonky, but I know exactly what to change for next time. Because it took us all month to make two failed rugs and one sort of right one, we didn’t meet our goal of three rugs for mother’s day. I think we’ll make smaller versions and give them out as pot holders. We’re also planning on making a few baskets out of the sleeves. The grandmas are going to love ‘em.

May Project Challenge Results

I’m really in love with how this looks, and think that a huge rug would be awesome. I may be pondering how to get ahold of a bigger circle to use as a loom. And I may have to start collecting t-shirts for months and months.

Nerd Nest Monthly Project Challenge

Check out our other monthly challenges and results here. They’re meant to inspire, so you can do them any time–not just in the month we post them!





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