Carpenters' Hall

Weaving a Placemat

Skill Development

art, fine motor skills


The students will be able to weave patterns with construction paper to make placemats. Classroom helpers will be needed to complete this lesson with students from pre-school to kindergarten.

Materials (per student)

  • Nine colored strips of paper 11 x 1 inches
  • Glue
  • One full colored sheet of paper

Pre-procedure (to be completed by teacher prior to lesson)

  • Fold the full sheet of paper in half width-wise
  • Measure out a full inch from the bottom of the paper and draw a line. DO NOT cut below this line
  • Cut eight slots, one inch apart, down to the one inch line.


Explain to the students that in order to make a dress, a shirt or pants, it is necessary to make cloth. To make cloth, you must take a lot of thread and weave it, using something called a loom. This was the way that people made their clothing; they wove different patterns into the cloth to make interesting designs. Expain to the students that they will be making a placemat by weaving the pieces together, just as they did in the 1700's.


  1. Pass out nine strips of paper to each student, and pass out the other pre-prepared piece of paper.
  2. Demonstrate for them how to weave one strip of paper through the slots.
  3. Walk around the room as they continue to weave their placemats in this manner. Check for comprehension.
  4. Glue the ends of the strips down to the paper.


Have the students lift their placemats up and show the rest of the class. Review the concept of making clothing in this way, reminding them that the strips of paper are bigger than the individual pieces of thread. Instruct them to show their parents or guardians and make more placemats for meal usage.

Pictorial Instructions





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