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Pipecleaner Weaving

I loved this pipecleaner weaving idea I found on Pinterest and so did my kids. I appreciated this activity for the many qualities: simple, yet different, quiet AND non-messy, fine motor-focused, simple sewing or weaving, resulting in colorful sculptures.

Pipecleaner Weaving Fine Motor Development

What more could you ask for?

Pipecleaner Weaving


  • Pipecleaners
  • Plastic Canvas


  1. Cut plastic canvas to desired size and shape.
  2. Push the pipecleaner through the canvas and fold the end in so it doesn’t pull through.
  3. Continue to “sew” using the pipe cleaner.
  4. Fold the end over when done sewing one length.
  5. Start again with another color.

Pipecleaner Weaving is a great activity for toddlers and preschoolers. There are not sharp needles or yarn to keep threaded into a needle that frustrates children when it becomes unthreaded. Pipe cleaners are soft and colorful. Remember, it’s the process, not the product.

Pipecleaner Weaving

Pipecleaner Weaving


Saturday 7th of March 2015

What is the material your son is weaving the pipe cleaners through? Where did you get it and is there a specific size you used? I saw something similar at AC Moore however the holes did not look as big as those pictured. Curious~ Thanks!!


Tuesday 19th of February 2013

Haven't done this lately. Maybe I'll pull that out as an extra in case T. gets through this work quickly. We recently did the wire basket ribbon weaving. He enjoyed that.

Jessie K

Tuesday 29th of January 2013

I love this! It's so simple but it's fun and it's great fine motor work! Play Create Explore (