53 Scrap Yarn Projects
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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 + 18 Scrap Yarn Projects so you can better organize your yarn stash and find great yarn craft ideas. These are great ideas to help you get the most for your money.
Whether you're looking for easy yarn crafts or want to find more practical solutions there are plenty of ideas to keep you busy. No matter how you choose to use up your yarn, you can rest assured that you won't waste a thing.
Yarn projects aren't meant for just crocheters and knitters - these scrap yarn projects are perfect for anyone who's in the mood to craft.
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Yarn Craft Ideas
Use it to decorate cards and bookmarks.
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.
Scraps are great for plastic canvas projects and hats for the homeless!
Tie them in knots and make a tug-of-war dog toy. Works with fabric, too.
I like to make simple key chains to give to friends and family.
Itty bitty pom pom balls.
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.
I use them in the garden to tie things up.
Mini Crochet Projects
I use yarn scraps to crochet flowers!
Use it for stuffing small items.
I use my scraps when I make Coil Baskets.
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!
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.
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!
I make flowers, bookmarks, candy cane horses, and will often make scrap yarn hats!
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.
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.
I like to make a scrappy afghan. I have been thinking about re styling some flip flops with some scraps.
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.
Most of the time I will make a flower vine scarf.
I crochet phone cozies!
I make miniature granny square pendants for necklaces.
Yes, I make little granny squares and put them together for belts, lap blankets or even afghans.................and HANDBAGS!
I use yarn for stuffing small arms and legs on amigurumi and to use for face features.
Yarn is great for small change purses and other small items.
I make dish cloths and face cloths from my cotton yarns, they are great as gifts too.
Tiny Knitting Projects
I make flowers, great way to use up small pieces of yarn.
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.
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.
I made baby booties, pot holder, rugs, and scrunchies.
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.
Headbands, ear muffs, booties, and wash cloths.
I do granny square throws or small projects like gloves, scarves, hats, and baby toys to use up my left over scrap yarn.
"How Do You Use Up Yarn Scraps?"
Here are more ideas for what to do with yarn scraps:
- I donate them to Special Needs preschool in my town.
- Leave them out for the birds! I now have 8 colored robin nests in my trees!
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