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8 Ways to Use Your Scrap Yarn

Wondering what to do with your leftover yarn? We all have our stashes of yarn left over from old knitting and crochet projects. I don’t know about you, but I can’t even throw away a couple inches of scrap yarn without feeling guilty.

Those inches and tiny balls of scraps can add up quickly. Before you know it, your scrap yarn is taking over.

If your leftover yarns just keep piling up, here are a few ways you can use up your scraps.

Not only will these save you a trip to the craft store, but they’ll also save you a few bucks.

Work of Geometric, Colorful Art from Yarn

Make art

Craftsy member Lizella originally planned to make an afghan out of these cute little pinwheels. Instead, she sewed the pinwheels together and donated them as an installation at her local art museum! Check out her Yarn Scrap Pinwheel Sampler project for more photos and to get inspired to make your own art.

Car Featuring Stitched Yellow Daffodils

Stitch a greeting card

Whether you’re saying happy birthday or thank you, use leftover yarn as embroidery floss to make a greeting card. This daffodil greeting card, created by Craftsy member CatherineS, is a lovely example.

Not an embroidery pro? Just twist the yarn into fun shapes and glue them onto the card. You can also crochet or knit a flat piece like a doily and attach that to the card.

Mini Crocheted Tape Measure Covers

Cover your craft supplies

Show your craft supplies some love with this Crocheted Tape Measures: Owl, Pig & Flower Pattern from Linda Permann, instructor of Craftsy class, Crochet: Beyond Rectangles. These would make great gifts for fellow crafters!

Pair of Striped Crochet Slippers

Slip into something cozy

One of my favorite things about using scrap yarn is that sometimes when you combine random colors, you get an unexpectedly awesome color palette. This pattern is a great example of how scraps can combine forces to make a pair of colorful slippers by SOPHIE AND ME.

Cute Dog Sitting Below Strands of Quilted Garlands

Decorate your home

This pretty Garland Happy Bunting Crochet Pattern from bySol is so versatile that it can be used to make bunting, cake toppers, necklaces — the possibilities are endless.

Woman Wearing Striped Crochet Shawl

Knit or crochet a colorful shawl

Have dozens of scraps that would look great together? Make a scrap shawl like Craftsy member FiddleKnits did.

Pink Knit Baby Booties

Knit some baby shoes

Baby shoes, or any baby knits for that matter, are the perfect projects for leftover yarn because they’re so tiny. I love the style of these pretty little ballet shoes by Essentially Knitting.

Necklace Featuring Crochet Detail, Laying in Teacup

Crochet your own jewelry

Little scraps are just dying to be made into jewelry. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets — you name it. This Jonquil Necklace by Designs by Melody is crocheted with fine thread. Give it a try and you’ll even gain some jewelry knowledge along the way.

If you’re looking for other jewelry ideas for your scraps, check out Betsy Hershberg’s Brilliant Knit Beads class, where you can combine your scraps with glittery beads to create all kinds of beautiful pieces.

Want even more scrap-yarn ideas? See Sarah’s Ultimate Knitting Stash Busters for more leftover-yarn projects. Wee Ones: Seamless Knit Toys with Susan B. Anderson offers great ideas for  using up scraps — especially if you love toys that have a lot of stripes!

Tomorrow on the Craftsy Blog, we’ll share some fun patterns to knit up for the home.

What do you do with your leftover scraps of  yarn?


Mary Baker

One way we use scrap yarn in Medina, OH is to donate it to Warm Up Medina County, part of the larger Warm Up America charity,, that uses local volunteers and donated yarn to create warm blankets and other articles for those in need. Last year over 1,000 items were created and donated to multiple charities in our county. WUA is nationwide, and would help you find or start a group in your area.

Patricia Brook

Love your instructions crocheting since I wad 9 send me more



Eliana Weiss

such wonderful ideas! thank you so much! I have TONS and I mean MORE YARN than I realized. Now I’m jazzed to make dishcloths and wee little sweaters and animals! And coasters!

Susz Co

I save every bit of yarn, even those little bits snipped off after weaving in. Now after a year I have enough to stuff a small pillow! Or, what I usually use it for is stuffing all my mini amigurumi. I don’t have to spend money on the poly-fill that does not recycle. Its perfect for stuffing small plushies. You must be diligent though, I keep a small bag with my knitting supplies and just save every small bit. I also use the small bits to use as stitch markers and again, they work perfectly as markers and I never have to purchase the plastic markers that will never breakdown in nature, I have never seen any that can be plastic recycled either. Just tie the yarn into a simple slip knot and presto! Instant stitch marker in any color I need.

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Just came up with a good idea for you- don’t know whether or not its really “good or not,” you be the judge. FIRST, begin accumulating all APS (“After-Project-Scraps”) in a plastic bag. SECOND, allow the bag to bulge with APS. THIRD, in the meantime crochet or knit an APS bag, basket, holder, sleeve whatever- (check youtube tutorials for the project of choice,) Once the bag, basket, holder, sleeve is finished, you’ll have something relative to accumulate more APS. What do you think, Good or ?????


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