How to Make a Spinning Wheel for Yarn

Spinning wheels are one of the essential tools for creating yarn. Not only does it provide a way to make your own wool, but it can also be used in conjunction with other fiber sources like cotton, bamboo, or silk. In these blog posts, we will be discussing how to make a spinning wheel for yarn.

How to Make a Spinning Wheel for Yarn

This is an easy project that anyone can do at home! You’ll need drill bits sized for the bolts you’re using. To finish this project, we recommend using some oiled wood sealant before putting on your finishing touches. Let’s get started! 

Why Should You Make a Spinning Wheel for Yarn?

Spinning wheels are wonderful tools for hand-spinning yarn. They assist the spinner in achieving an even ply, and help to produce balanced yarns that will not tangle or knot while knitting or crocheting.

Wheels also allow the spinner to produce ultra-fine to very thick single-ply yarns depending on how tightly they spin the wheel. Besides these benefits, spinning wheels are also beautiful pieces of furniture that add a touch of class to any room in your home.

What You Will Need:

  • Metal
  • Roughly cut log/round piece of wood
  • Fishing line or yarn
  • Monofilament (fishing line) for spokes
  • Large rubber bands
  • Newspaper/cardboard scraps

Steps to Follow: How to Make a Spinning Wheel for Yarn 

Step One: Cut the Wood

Measure the width of your hand. If you are using round wood, make sure it is slightly larger than your hand. If you are using a log, make sure it is the height of your hand (plus an extra 1-2 inches to allow for the thickness of the wood). Cut the wood with an electric saw to your desired measurements.

Step Two: Drill Holes in Wood

Use a drill and smooth bit or a countersink bit to drill the holes. Try to make them as smooth as possible (if using a countersink bit).

Step Three: Drill Holes in Spokes

To do this, you will need to use a spade or paddle bit larger than the thickness of the fishing line you chose (you may need more than one size bit). Drill holes into the end of each of your spokes.

Step Four: Assemble Wheel Frame

Insert one spoke through each hole on the front and back of the wood (there should be equal space on both sides), ensuring each side has an equal amount of spokes. Tie a knot at the top, so they do not slip out of the holes.

Step Five: Assemble Wheel Bracket

Line up the edges of your metal bracket and drill small holes into each corner (make sure that it is lined up evenly). Attach with screws, then attach a large metal washer to each side. You can paint or decorate your washers if you choose.

Step Six: Prepare Spokes for the Wheel

Use a small drill bit and drill holes into one side of your spokes except for one on each side. You will add fishing line/monofilament through these holes later, securing the spoke to the metal plate.

Step Seven: Attach Metal Plate to Front of Wheel Frame

Secure the metal plate to the front of your wheel frame. Drill small holes into the metal plate where each spoke meet it, then use a fishing line or monofilament to secure each spoke to this.

Use Fishing Line

Step Eight: Attach Wheel Frame to Back Bracket

Drill small holes into the backside of your wheel bracket so that you can attach spokes to it with a monofilament or fishing line. Drill holes in the front of your wheel frame so you can tie each spoke to the bracket on both sides.

Step Nine: Attach the Back Bracket with Metal Washers

Affix this to the back of your wheel frame by drilling small holes into it and attaching spokes to it with a fishing line. Be sure that all spoke are pulled taut, but not too taut as you want them to spin freely. Also, be sure that your wheel turns quickly without any catches or sticking points.

Step Ten: Add the Wheel

Place your wheel on the bracket and tie it to each spoke with fishing line/monofilament. Next, attach one side of the wheel strap to each side of your wheel with a metal washer. Tighten with pliers if necessary.

You’re done! Your self-made spinning wheel is now finished and ready to use.

Things to Consider When Making a Spinning Wheel for Yarn:

The following are things to consider when making a spinning wheel for yarn:

1. Type of Wood:

The wood you decide to use for your spinning wheel is primarily based on your preference. Some of the most common woods used for this purpose are oak, maple, and cherry. Oak is generally considered to be a good choice because it is sturdy and very inexpensive.

2. Spinning Wheel Size:

For most spinning wheels, size does matter when creating them for yarn purposes, especially if you make a spinning wheel for commercial use or sell them. The reason is that the larger the size of the wheel, the more expensive it will be to buy one, but also because it can hold additional supplies.

3. The Design:

The design of the spinning wheel can vary greatly depending on what you are trying to accomplish. In general, the simpler a spinning wheel’s design is, the better.

4. Spokes Length:

When figuring out the length of each spoke, you should not make them all equal in length because they will not produce an even yarn. Instead, you can figure out how long or short of making each spoke by rolling a piece of paper into a cone shape, connecting one end with tape, and then placing some pencils inside of it to fill up space.

 You Should Not Make Them All Equal in Length

5. Number of Hooks:

On each wheel, there are usually between 6 and 12 hooks utilized to fix the yarn into place while it is being spun. All you need to do is count the spokes and divide by 2. For example, if you have 24 spokes, you should have 12 hooks.


The spinning wheel is a great way to get the most out of your yarn. It will make it easier for you to spin and allow you more control over how much twist and thickness the yarn has to create different types of projects with just a kind of wool or cotton.

If this sounds like something that interests you and wants help making one, then check our step-by-step instructions on how to make a spinning wheel for yarn! This is just one example of what you can do when you combine creativity and technology together! Let us know your thoughts in the comment below!

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