Vintage Wonder Loom & PDF Pattern
Have you ever heard of the Family Circle Wonder Loom? Some may have the template stashed away in a craft drawer and had no idea what to do with it or its’ history. This post includes my story with the wonder loom and the tools to help you successfully finish an heirloom project. The Wonder Loom is a “Sensational Mini-Loom” Fun! Easy! New!” as published in Family Circle magazine April 7, 1981. It is a cardstock template. The article showcased multiple ideas with patterns including, a snazzy cap and scarf, a dog coat of many colors, an Afghan, potholders and more!
Picture shown is not scaled to size. Included in the PDF pattern is an actual sized template pattern.
I was 20 when I purchased the magazine. It wasn’t until 1989 that I decided to try my hand at making the loom baby blanket pattern for my newborn niece, Melina Whitney, who turned 27 in August 2016 and recently had her first baby. This blanket became one of her favorite “blankies” and is an heirloom to be passed down to her children. MeMe loved that soft afghan so much that the crochet chain stitching started to come apart. I brought it home with me and ripped out the original crochet border and chain stitches. Then I crocheted the squares back together again. After completing that I crocheted a new outside edge giving the blanket an updated look by using Fun Fur Yarn by Lion Brand. Over the years I kept the cardboard templates that I created from the original loom pattern. I also saved one cardboard with yarn weaved on it so that I could remember what I had done. But of course, over time I had misplaced the magazine itself.
The First Loom Blanket I Made
On this afghan, the loom squares were joined using a simple crochet chain. I recently had to re-do the chain, as it was starting to come apart. I also upddated the border by using Fun Fur Yarn
Fast forward to 2016. When I received the news that I was going to be a “Nana.” I knew that I had to make the grand-baby an “heirloom blanky”. I pulled out the cardboard templates, and through cobwebbed memories, I began to create the loom baby blanket with accessories of course! I designed my version of the heirloom pattern, and the results are stunning.
A Little Back Story
My sister and I have had many conversations over the years as to that issue of the Family Circle magazine; the front cover etched in our minds. Convinced that one of us has it hidden in a lost box of treasures stashed in the dark corners of our garage. We were having yet another conversation about the missing magazine, and I was adamant that I have Googled the loom/pattern and was confident that it was impossible to find on the internet! A short time later I received a text message from the search Guru herself a.k.a., my sister... "I think I found it!” With those five words I was on Amazon ordering the April 7, 1981, issue of Family Circle that featured BOUND INSIDE: THIS SENSATIONAL MINI-LOOM FUN! EASY! NEW! MAKE DOZENS OF BEAUTIFUL CRAFTS