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Rainbow Loom - Three Pin Chain pattern

Rainbow Loom – Three Pin Chain pattern

It’s finally happened. I’ve been using my Rainbow Loom long enough that I actually created a new pattern. At least it is one that I can’t find described or pictured anywhere else.  I call it the 3 pin chain. Although the construction is somewhat similar to the 3 pin fishtail, the result is quite different. If you’ve made any sort of Rainbow Loom fishtail before, you should be able to make this new 3 pin chain after looking through these instructions.

Step 1. Reposition your loom to look like the pictures shown here, where the middle colum is shifted up. Notice that this is the end of the loom opposite the starting arrows.

Loom position
position of loom to make 3 pin chain
Loom position for 3 pin chain

Step 2. Place 3 separate bands each in a figure 8 in order to form a triangle over the 3 pins as shown here:

First three bands for 3 pin chain

First three bands for 3 pin chain

Step 3. In the next layer, place 3 separate bands (straight on) to form the triangle.Rainbow Loom 3 pin chain -  start of second layer

Bands for second layer

Bands for second layer

Step 4. Start forming your chain by looping the bottom layer of bands over the pins, as in a fishtail pattern. The difference here is that you have only 2 layers on (instead of 3) when you are looping the bottom layer over. Also, you are using 3 bands to form the triangle within each layer, instead of just 1 band as in a fishtail pattern.

Rainbow Loom 3 pin chain

Loop the bottom layer of bands up over the top layer. Do this for all 3 pins.

Step 5. Continue adding 3 bands in a triangle layer and looping the bottom layer up until your chain is as long as you want. Pull your chain down as you go to make it easier. I think this pattern looks best if you use a single color for each layer. Finish your creation with a final band and a c clip (or keychain ring).

Start of the Rainbow Loom 3 pin chain

Start of the Rainbow Loom 3 pin chain

I had recently made the wreath and candy cane patterns from Kim S. at As I was trying different things, I somehow stumbled upon the 3 pin chain pattern. I used the 3 pin chain to make a wreath and candy cane that look very similar to those created by her, but they are larger. Thank you to Kim and to all of you who share your Rainbow Loom creations for helping to inspire me. Happiness is Looming!

Left side - patterns from  Right side - creations made from 3 pin chain pattern.

Left side – patterns from Right side – creations made from 3 pin chain pattern.

Rainbow Loom™ Super Action Figures

Rainbow Loom Super Figures New on the Rainbow Loom™ facebook page are some awesome super hero figures created by a Rainbow Loom fan named Pg David. Here is a link to his tutorial on youtube and to a printable guide that was created at

Spider man Rainbow Loom VIDEO tutorial from PG’s Loomacy

PRINTABLE Rainbow Loom spider man guide from Kim at

Here are the characters that I made using this pattern.
Rainbow Loom spiderman and hulk

Rainbow Loom spiderman in actionThanks also to the creator of for putting together the excellent pdf. I was able to complete the project by following the pattern on her site.

Make sure to check out the Rainbow Loom facebook page for more examples.
Facebook – official Rainbow Loom™ page

What characters are you going to create? How about Santa Claus, Robin Hood, Cinderella, Frankenstein, King Arthur?

Six Halloween Rainbow Loom Ideas

Need some Halloween inspiration for Rainbow Loom?  Here are some ideas to get you started.

1. Basic Bracelets.  Simple single chain bracelets in Halloween colors make a great hand-out item for any Trick-Or-Treaters that come by your house.

Rainbow Loom halloween bracelets

2. Halloween Necklace.  Check out this great tutorial for a Rainbow Loom necklace in halloween colors.

Rainbow Loom halloween choker spider

3. Candy Corn inspired beaded Rainbow Loom bracelet.  From the Rainbow Loom facebook page. Great work!

candy corn halloween rainbow loom bracelet with beads

4. Pumpkin charms. There is a video and instructional printout available to help you make this Pumpkin charm.

5. Rainbow Loom ghost charm. Here’s a fun one I also spotted on the Rainbow Loom facebook page.
Rainbow Loom halloween bracelet with ghost charm

6. Rainbow Loom pumpkin key chain.  For this design you will need 2 looms attached side-by-side. Use the same technique as for a triple single, except use two bands for all the rows and put the cross-wise bands across all 5 rows.
Rainbow Loom pumpkin keychain

3-Pin Fishtail Necklace Pendant

Here is my latest creation. This pattern is called a 3 Pin Fishtail. I made the bracelet first using black and 2 colors of purple. Then I wanted a necklace to match, but I didn’t want to make that long of a Rainbow Loom fishtail. So, I got the idea to just make a short fishtail and loop it into a pendant. I put the mini-fishtail onto a basic black cord and knotted that to a ‘lobster clasp’.
3 pin fishtail rainbow loom pendant necklace


You can learn how to make the 3 Pin Fishtail pattern here:

You can buy the cord and lobster clasp at Michaels in the jewelry making section. Michaels has cords with the clasps already attached or you can buy the specific type of cord and clasps you want. Here’s a quick definition of a lobster clasp:

Have a great DIY day!

Triple-single with beadsTriple-single Rainbow Loom

Here is a triple single Rainbow Loom bracelet that I made for my son. It’s easier than you might think, although getting the beads on was the hardest part. I used letter beads from Michaels and put them through the center chain. As I was doing a loop, I would pull the rubber band up and hold it with my fingers to thread the bead through before looping the band on the next peg.

Here are a couple of links to videos that show how to make the triple single.

Rainbow Loom® “Triple single pattern” rubber band

How to Make A All Around Triple Rainbow Loom Bracelet Tutorial

This link is a downloadable pdf file that shows the instructions step-by-step.

Triple Single pattern pdf from

Here is a link to a clip of New Jersey governor Chris Christie talking about his daughter making Rainbow Loom bands: