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38 Ways to Use Up Yarn Scraps

By: Melissa Conner, Editor of FaveCrafts.com

We asked our Facebook fans, "How do you use up yarn scraps?"  Thanks to our readers, we have 38 Ways to Use Up Yarn Scraps, a great guide to help you better organize your yarn stash and find great suggestions from crafters just like you on how to get the most for your money!

yarn scraps

 

  1. Use it to decorate cards and bookmarks.
     
  2. I use yarn scraps to crochet flowers!
     
  3. Use it for stuffing small items.
     
  4. I donate them to Special Needs preschool in my town.
     
  5. I make flowers, great way to use up small pieces of yarn.
     
  6. I use my scraps when I make Coil Baskets.
     
  7. I make small rounds for cats to chase - like little puffs - which I stick in catnip. With the little pieces I put them out for the birds.
     
  8. I make granny squares & combine for small blankets (varying from 6 to 12 squares) & donate them to my local animal shelter. The Vet Tech uses then during surgery & post-op recovery to lay under the animals. He says crocheted blankets are the BEST way to keep the animals body temperature up during these times & make for safer surgery & faster recovery times!
     
  9. I use them to make Barbie blankets, scarves, and belts. I'm about to use some for making crochet flowers, and a scrap-yarn blanket.
     
  10. Once a year I make a scrap afghan, use them for centers of granny squares, put the small ones in the suit cake feeder and the birds use them in their nest, my kids have even used them as bunny beds when their bunny had babies.
     
  11. I've seen a scarf where people take different yarns using dice to decide which one is next. I think it was called the Las Vegas scarf. Kind of a neat idea!
     
  12. I make flowers, bookmarks, candy cane horses, and will often make scrap yarn hats!
     
  13. Scraps are great for plastic canvas projects and hats for the homeless!
     
  14. Every year, I try to come up with a new scrap yarn project. Last year it was multi-colored scarves. This year, I'm making long strips for blankets, and I'll donate the finished projects to our local Shelter.
     
  15. Tie them in knots and make a tug-of-war dog toy. Works with fabric, too.
     
  16. I like to make simple key chains to give to friends and family.
     
  17. Leave them out for the birds! I now have 8 colored robin nests in my trees!
     
  18. Itty bitty pom pom balls.
     
  19. If I have a fourth of a yard or more left I mix them with other pieces to make outfits for my granddaughters. That is popular now to mix materials together to make cute clothes for children.
     
  20. I made baby booties, pot holder, rugs, and scrunchies.
     
  21. Sometimes I make them into small granny squares (and use crocheted black yarn rows for joining strips) for an old-fashioned looking afghan. Other times, I tie the ends of the yarn together, leaving approx 1" tails, crochet into a different kind of pillow topper, or once, even into a small afghan for the cat bed. Kitty loved batting the little lengths that were left hanging, and it really didn't look bad, kinda shabby chic.
     
  22. I like to make a scrappy afghan. I have been thinking about re styling some flip flops with some scraps.
     
  23. Make coasters.
     
  24. If it’s too much to dispose of, I make squares for afghans. Now that I know it’s safe for the birds (I thought only cotton was safe for them) I'll start putting out the smaller scraps for them, also.
     
  25. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Dip yarn bits thru white glue and run through your lightly pinched fingers to get off drippy excess. Kids can make small designs (or use cookie cutters as a mold. When dry, they make hanging ornaments.
     
  26. If I only have a very tiny bit, I’ll do the center of a granny square and put away in a plastic container with lid. Then when I have a lot I’ll make a blanket...it’s nice because I can reflect back on the centers and remember the project I made with that yarn.
     
  27. Most of the time I will make a flower vine scarf.
     
  28. I use it for 'freeform' anything goes, colors don't need to match, I knit and crochet anything I want to make with leftovers at the time. I made little wee sock even, bunions, granny squares, curlicues..etc.
     
  29. I crochet phone cozies!
     
  30. Amigurumi!
     
  31. Headbands, ear muffs, booties, and wash cloths.
     
  32. I make miniature granny square pendants for necklaces.
     
  33. Yes, I make little granny squares and put them together for belts, lap blankets or even afghans.................and HANDBAGS!
     
  34. I use them in the garden to tie things up.
     
  35. I use yarn for stuffing small arms and legs on amigurumi and to use for face features.
     
  36. Yarn is great for small change purses and other small items.
     
  37. I do granny square throws or small projects like gloves, scarves, hats, and baby toys to use up my left over scrap yarn.
     
  38. I make dish cloths and face cloths from my cotton yarns, they are great as gifts too.

 

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